September 11, 2020

Positive COVID-19 cases at U of L rise above 300

By Joseph Garcia — 

The total number of positive COVID-19 cases at the University of Louisville has risen to 315 as of Sept. 11. This is out of 21,097 total tests administered, making the cumulative positivity rate 1.49%.

U of L’s Athletics department makes up 93 of those positive cases according to Associate Athletic Director Kenny Klein.

When asked what number of these positive cases are currently active, U of L Director of Communications John Karman said that he did not have any more information beyond what is posted on the dashboard.

Previously Karman told the Cardinal that U of L had 40 beds available for isolating individuals positive with COVID-19. At this time, Karman said that the university is “not near capacity,” but did not provide a statistic as to what capacity of those beds were filled.

Compared to other universities, U of L is doing well in terms of preventing the spread of the virus.

Phillip Bressoud, executive director of campus health, said in a U of L News release on Sept. 1 that there were many factors that went into U of L’s early success. Including U of L’s contact tracing efforts, limiting of large gatherings on and off campus, and the university community’s adherence to protocols laid out by the university and state.

However, the university’s testing dashboard is bare of information compared to these other universities.

The University of Kentucky’s dashboard includes breakdowns of cases by university population (students/faculty/staff), how many cases are still active and to what capacity their isolation spaces are filled.

When asked if there was a reason U of L wasn’t being as transparent with this information as other universities have, Karman said that “U of L is providing information consistent with the governor’s office.”

File Graphic // The Louisville Cardinal

1 thought on “Positive COVID-19 cases at U of L rise above 300

  1. The University also isn’t being open about how many people have been tested, which is very different from the number of tests conducted. Even if you just subtract out the number of tests that predate mandated testing, it’s clear that compliance with the University’s unenforced “mandate” is terrible. And subtracting out those first couple of weeks still won’t account for all of the people who’ve been tested more than once.

    So then you have to ask yourself who isn’t getting tested. How many of the people who haven’t gotten tested still come to campus? How many of them are in dorms? How many of them are hanging around inside University buildings without masks on, pulling their masks down to talk in class, or wearing masks below their noses? (I’ve seen all of that.)

    And what is the University going to do about people who show up without getting tested, other than pretend that they might eventually contemplate unspecified disciplinary actions?

    My bet is that our numbers look better than, say, UK’s because more of our students are commuters (who aren’t commuting) and the population we’ve tested still draws primarily from the most responsible people on campus.

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