This is Bwog’s weekly Roundup of how COVID is progressing in the Columbia community.
This week, there were 4816 students tested with 41 tests coming back positive for a reported 0.85% positivity rate. 1266 faculty and staff members were tested with 4 tests coming back positive for a reported 0.32% positivity rate.
This puts Columbia at the current alert level of “low risk (yellow)” which means non-academic gatherings have capacity limits and “other gatherings” are restricted.
Columbia has not released data on how many students are in isolation and quarantine.
*Notes on the graph: Bwog calculated these positivity rates simply using the posted amount of positive and total tests in all students for a given week. Columbia does not differentiate graduate and undergraduate students in its count, so graduate students will be counted in the positivity rates from week to week. Numbers may change from week to week as Columbia continues to update their data.
This week, there were 3506 tests conducted with 31 tests coming back positive. Barnard reports an overall positivity rate of 0.83% for the whole College. For students, the College reports a 1.29% test positivity rate in non-residential students and 0.80% for residential students. The staff positivity rate was 0.23%. 36 people are in isolation and 6 are in quarantine.
Since August 8th, 2020, Barnard has conducted 81,428 tests with 190 being positive for a reported 0.23% positivity rate.
*Notes on the graph: Bwog calculated these positivity rates simply using the posted amount of positive and total tests in all students, residential and non-residential for a given week. For students in the week of September 6th, 30 tests came back positive out of 2,856 tests. Barnard does not report a positivity rate for all students so Bwog did an internal calculation. Numbers may change from week to week as Barnard continues to update their data.
According to a spokesperson, “The positivity rates displayed on the dashboard are a weekly average of individual 7-day positivity rates…. For each day in this week, the 7-day positivity rate for each individual day was averaged together to result in the weekly average. This means that tests in the beginning of the week are also affected by positivity rates from days outside of the week in question.”
Currently, all residents 16 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine in New York.
In New York State, 13,580,512 residents (67.8% of the population) have received one dose of the vaccine, and 12,167,781 residents (61.0% of the population) have completed their vaccine series. In New York City, 6,482,191 residents received one dose and 5,7339,211 have completed their vaccine series. If you need help finding a vaccine appointment, try using this link (step by step guide here), testing your luck at Lerner, this link, and this link.
New York City is continuing to open up but with vaccine caveats. As of August 17th, through the Key to NYC campaign, all vaccine-eligible residents (people 12 and older) must show proof of at least one dose of an FDA emergency-use authorized COVID-19 vaccine to be able to enjoy indoor dining, fitness, and entertainment spaces. To show proof of vaccination, New Yorkers can show a photo of their CDC vaccination card, the physical CDC vaccination card, NYC COVID Safe App, Excelsior Pass/ Excelsior Pass Plus, or have a photocopy of a different immunization record that includes your healthcare provider.
Science Editor Sarah Braner contributed to this report.
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