U of I reports 24 new coronavirus cases; positive test rate unchanged

As the University of Idaho began fall classes, coronavirus case numbers remained more or less unchanged.

On Monday, the university reported 24 positive coronavirus tests, based on 2,321 tests of students and staff. That translates to a 1 percent positive test rate, which is consistent with previous numbers.

All told, the U of I has administered 7,552 coronavirus tests and has received 83 positive results, a 1.1 percent positive rate.

Monday’s report takes in testing from Aug. 22 through Friday. Classes began on Aug. 24.

Prior to the start of fall semester — delivered through a blend of face-to-face and online classes — President C. Scott Green issued a stern memo to students, saying on- and off-campus parties threatened the university’s reopening.

Elsewhere, Idaho State University reported five new cases from Aug. 19 through Aug. 25. Four of the cases involved students, and the other case involved an employee. Classes at Idaho State began Aug. 17.

On Friday, Boise State University reported seven new cases and five students in isolation rooms in residence halls. Boise State’s classes also began on Aug. 24.



Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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