U of I reports spike in coronavirus cases

Not unlike Boise State University last week, the University of Idaho is now reporting an increase in coronavirus cases.

The U of I reported 25 positive coronavirus tests for the week ending Friday, up from 12 cases the previous week.

The increase in case numbers also came with an increased rate of positive tests. The 4.7 percent rate that approaches the 5 percent threshold that indicates an increased rate of spread.

This week’s positive cases involved students living in residence halls and sororities, off-campus students and employees.

“Surveillance testing was primarily done this week focused on those who traveled over Labor Day weekend,” the U of I said on its coronavirus website.

In an email Monday, U of I President C. Scott Green encouraged anyone who traveled over the Labor Day weekend to get tested for coronavirus, the U of I Argonaut reported.

“While we asked everyone to stay in Moscow, not everyone did,” Green wrote. “There is no defense for those who travel out of our community, then return and, as a result of not being tested, infect others.”

The spike in cases at the UI comes days after Boise State reported 77 new cases on campus, including 42 students in residence halls. Those case numbers, for the seven-day period ending Thursday, nearly doubled the 42 cases reported the previous week.


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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