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      COVID-19 Case Management

      Confirmed BYU Cases

      Fall Semester 2020

      (as of Oct 15, 2020)

      Fall Semester Data
      Cases Percentage of Campus Community
      Active cases 147 0.34%
      Cases no longer in isolation 1,704
      Chart highlighting the number of active cases of COVID-19

      Active cases include individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently in isolation. The number of reported cases includes students, faculty and staff who tested positive while either working at BYU or enrolled in classes during fall semester (beginning August 28) and have been physically present in the local campus community. There are 43,000 people in the campus community this fall semester.

      Fall Semester Data
      Cases Percentage of Campus Community
      Total reported cases 1,851 4.3%
      Seven-day rolling average of new cases 23

      chart showing the average rise in new COVID-19 cases

      Weekly Summary Daily Average Weekly Total
      Week 1 (8/28–9/3) 11 77
      Week 2 (9/4–9/10) 31.9 223
      Week 3 (9/11–9/17) 65.7 460
      Week 4 (9/18–9/24) 67.9 475
      Week 5 (9/25–10/1) 40.7 285
      Week 6 (10/2–10/8) 25 175
      Week 7 (10/9–10/15) 22.3 156

      This data is based on the number of cases reported to BYU each week from a variety of sources including random testing, self-reporting, the BYU Student Health Center, the Healthy Together app and focused, risk-based testing.

      Total number of reported cases during summer term (166), spring term (16) and winter semester (21): 203.

      We ask the BYU campus community to help us track the spread of COVID-19. If you have tested positive for the virus or are awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, please fill out this form.

      COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form

      This information will help us to reduce the spread of the disease by making sure appropriate areas of campus are cleaned and disinfected.

      The Process

      Effectively protecting against and managing COVID-19 in a campus community requires individuals to perform daily symptom checks, get tested for COVID-19 if symptomatic or otherwise directed, self-report test results, and follow contact tracing, isolation, quarantine, and return to campus instructions. BYU is partnering with the Utah County Health Department to facilitate this process.

      Healthy Together App

      In order to come to campus and access campus services, BYU students and employees are required to download and use the Healthy Together App or complete  a daily checkup form . This app facilitates symptom checking, contact tracing and test scheduling.

      COVID-19 Testing

      Testing is an important component to successfully preventing and managing the spread of COVID-19. A strategic testing plan has been created by BYU and will be followed during Fall Semester 2020. BYU requires COVID-19 testing of BYU students, faculty, and staff within four broad categories: 1) Testing of symptomatic individuals, 2) testing of those who have been in direct close contact with a known COVID-19 case, 3) focused, risk-based evaluation and testing, and 4) randomized testing across the BYU campus community.  Instructions for testing will be provided directly to those who are tested. When directed by Risk Management and Safety department, the costs associated with BYU directed testing of asymptomatic individuals, will be covered by BYU. 

      COVID-19 Self Reporting

      BYU students and employees attending classes or working on campus are required to report a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 to BYU. The result may be reported  via this form.  Students who are instructed to isolate or quarantine should contact their professors to continue their coursework remotely.  Employees who are instructed to isolate or quarantine should contact their supervisor to discuss work from home or other options. 

      Isolation/Quarantine/Physical Distancing/Return to Campus

      Individuals must adhere to instructions to isolate, quarantine, practice physical distancing, and for returning to campus as given to them from the Utah County Health Department or BYU Risk Management and Safety. 

      Isolation is required for those who have been confirmed to have COVID-19. Also, individuals who are symptomatic and awaiting a test result should self-isolate. As general guidance, individuals who know they had COVID-19 or had symptoms and think they had COVID-19, should be aware of  CDC recommendations  for ending isolation.

      Quarantine is for those who have had direct close contact with a confirmed case.  Direct close contact  means being within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. During quarantine, individuals should self-monitor for symptoms. Because of the incubation period of COVID-19, individuals in quarantine should stay home and monitor for symptoms for 14 days since their last exposure. 

      Physical distancing is a practice for all to follow. Public health officials recommend remaining at least 6 feet apart from others.

      Criteria to return to campus: Individuals may leave isolation or quarantine in accordance with the above instructions and those they receive from the Utah County Health Department or BYU Risk Management and Safety.

      Questions?

      Contact the BYU COVID-19 Hotline at 801-422-7662 or email casemanagement@byu.edu .