University of Portland has joined thousands of colleges in tracking their COVID-19 cases, and has activated their COVID-19 dashboard despite previously stated intentions to delay it until spring semester due to the small number of students on campus.
The dashboard also revealed a new off campus COVID-19 case. Of the nine tests administered last week, one came back positive. This puts the total up to three cases on and off campus that have been officially recorded by UP’s administration, with one student in on-campus isolation.
The Pilots Prevent Dashboard updates cases on a weekly basis, showing the most recent week, the previous two weeks and the total for Fall Semester since Sep. 13. It also displays how many students are in on-campus quarantine and isolation.
The information is based on University-led testing of students, and does not capture self-reported student cases or those of faculty and staff. It does, however, include the total number of cases from the Athletics Department, which does baseline and surveillance testing under NCAA and Oregon mandates.
The dashboard updates weekly on Wednesday for the time being, but if the pandemic worsens on campus, it will be updated more regularly.
Austin De Dios is the News and Managing Editor of The Beacon. He can be reached at email@example.com.