University of Idaho
As cases continue to rise, the University of Idaho hopes to tests all students on campus. “We know this is not fun, but it is extremely helpful as we continue to identify and respond to where the virus exists on our Moscow campus,” President C. Scott Green and interim Provost Torrey Lawrence said Friday.
University and public health officials do not believe the virus is spreading through classroom contact. Instead, they believe the outbreak is tied to fraternity and sorority houses.
However, the University of Idaho’s positive test rate increased — as the university moves from widespread student testing to targeted “surveillance testing.”
So far, the University of Idaho has administered 7,552 coronavirus tests and has received 83 positive results, a 1.1 percent positive rate.
Across Idaho and across the nation, the coronavirus pandemic will test colleges’ health and safety guidelines. It will also test students’ willingness to adhere to new rules and expectations.
Nine University of Idaho student athletes have tested positive for coronavirus — and according to one published report, most team members want to sit out the 2020 football season.