This is Bwog’s weekly Roundup of how COVID-19 is progressing in the Columbia community.
This week, there were 6168 tests conducted with 50 tests coming back positive for a 0.81% positivity rate. The positivity rate is down from last week’s positivity rate of 1.01%. 740 faculty and staff members were tested with two tests coming back positive for a 0.27% positivity rate. 4024 students at the Morningside, Manhattanville, and Lamont-Doherty campuses were tested, with 38 tests coming back for a 0.94% 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. Students are required to wear surgical masks where masks are required.
Columbia has not released data on how many students are in isolation and quarantine.
*Notes on the graph: Bwog calculated these positivity rates 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 3383 tests conducted with 12 tests coming back positive for a 0.33% positivity rate. The positivity rate is down from last week’s positivity rate of 0.38%. Residential students had a positivity rate of 0.33%, non-residential students had a positivity rate of 0.31%, faculty had a positivity rate of 0.07%, and staff had a positivity rate of 1.01%. 6 people have started isolation. Barnard has not released data on how many students are in quarantine.
Since August 8, 2020, Barnard has conducted 144,669 tests with 593 being positive for a 0.41% positivity rate.
*Notes on the graph: Bwog calculated these positivity rates using the posted amount of positive and total tests in all students, residential and non-residential for a given week. For all students in the week of September 20, six tests came back positive out of 2,740 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. Check the week of Sep 13-19’s roundup for more details on how Barnard calculates their positivity rate
Following a wave of governors in other states lifting mask mandates, indoor mask and vaccine mandates have been lifted statewide starting February 10. Local government and businesses are allowed to enforce mask mandates as they see fit. Masks are still required in hospitals, nursing homes, shelters, correctional facilities, transportation, and similar high-density settings. However, unlike New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware, and Oregon, masks will continue to be required in schools, with reevaluation in early March.
NYC residents 18 and older are all eligible for booster shots as New York health officials consider living in the city a “high risk” situation.
In New York City, there is a daily average of 1073 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 7,959,891 residents received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 7,022,565 have completed their vaccine series. If you need help finding a vaccine appointment, try this link, this link, or your local pharmacy.
Currently, all residents 5 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine in New York after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has officially authorized the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children between the ages of five to 11. All NYC adults are eligible for the COVID-19 Booster Shot.
Former NYC Mayor de Blasio has announced, without specific authorization from City Council, that private-sector employees will be required to be vaccinated, starting December 27. This is estimated to affect around 184,000 businesses and further guidelines for these businesses will be released on December 15, less than two weeks before the compliance is required. Mayor Adams has stuck with former Mayor de Blasio’s policy but extended the deadline to get vaccinated to February 11.
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