Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Cases at Rowan University

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Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Cases at Rowan University

Confirmed Positive Cases of COVID-19 (updated May 17)

The chart below shows confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the Rowan community — students and employees, whether they study/reside/work on one of our campuses or are remote. The data reflects test results we know of to date. Figures may change in prior weeks as we learn of results from individuals and out-of-county agencies. Due to federal patient- and student-confidentiality regulations, we cannot provide more details about the affected individuals.

Following medical protocols, we will continue to inform people in the Rowan community who were in close contact with the infected individuals before and as they started showing symptoms. Although the risk of infection is low for those beyond the individuals’ inner circles, we will continue to inform others (e.g., roommates, close personal contacts) and ask that they quarantine themselves for up to 14 days, depending on the level of exposure. 

Please note that we will update the Weekly Confirmed Positive chart three times weekly (i.e., Mon., Wed., Fri.), and more often, if necessary. This will help us keep the data as accurate as possible, and not have to back-date figures as test results return from the labs we use and from external agencies such as county public health departments.

Active Cases: Isolation and Quarantine

  On Campus Off Campus Total
Isolation 0 0 0
Quarantine 0 0 0

Note: "Active cases" are people who currently are still contagious and within 10 days of first being tested positive. A person in "isolation" had a confirmed positive COVID-19 test. The "on-campus isolation" figure reflects students living in a University residence hall designated for students who have tested positive. People in "quarantine" have come in contact with a confirmed positive COVID-19 case and are restricting their interactions with others to see if they develop symptoms. Please note that these figures will change as Rowan students and employees recover and as we confirm new positive tests.

 

Weekly Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Cases 

 

Students

 

Employees

Total

  On Campus   Off Campus   On Campus   Off Campus
Campus Main CMSRU SOM   Main CMSRU SOM   Main CMSRU SOM   Main CMSRU SOM

1/2-8

56 27 41   104 0 0   37 4 18   9 1 0 297

1/9-15

23 6 14   42 0 0   27 1 4   13 0 1 131

1/16-22

44 3 3   33 0 2   10 1 7   11 0 4 118

1/23-29

53 2 0   14 0 0   9 0 2   3 1 1 85

1/30-2/5

40 1 0   17 0 0   6 0 2   2 0 0 68

2/6-12

11 0 3   9 0 0   4 0 2   1 0 0 30

2/13-19

7 0 0   3 0 0   3 0 0   4 0 0 17

2/20-26

11 0 0   4 0 0   1 0 0   4 0 0 20

2/27-3/5

3 1 0   2 0 0   1 0 0   2 0 0 9

3/6-12

4 0 0   1 0 0   0 0 0   4 0 0 9

3/13-19

1 0 0   0 0 0   0 0 0   3 0 0 4
3/20-26 3 0 0   1 0 0   3 0 3   1 0 0 11
3/27-4/2 5 3 2   3 0 0   2 0 4   0 0 1 20
4/3-9 7 3 1   10 0 0   5 0 2   0 0 0 28
4/10-16 7 2 0   10 0 0   6 0 1   0 0 0 26
4/17-23 8 1 0   5 0 0   1 0 0   0 0 0 15
4/24-30 8 0 0   8 0 0   0 0 0   0 0 0 16
5/1-8/28 - - -   - - -   - - -   - - - -

Total

291 49 64   266 0 2   115 6 45   57 2 7 904

Note: "On campus" figures reflect people who live or work on campus, or were on campus for a significant amount of time (e.g. residence hall/activity/event/sports practice/class) during their infectious period, including two days prior to showing symptoms if symptomatic or test date if asymptomatic. "Off campus" figures reflect people who tested positive, but do not reside or work on campus and have not been on our campuses during their infectious period. The data above reflects confirmed cases. Information about the Camden Academic Building will be included in main campus figures. Please note that figures throughout the chart will change as we receive additional information about cases from the State. Figures from previous weeks may change. For information about testing protocols, please visit rowan.edu/return.

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Confirmed Positive Cases by Date (EPI Curve)

A visualization of the overall trend of positive cases.


Main Campus Testing Program

Unvaccinated students and employees will undergo weekly COVID-19 testing. Student testing will be organized by the Office of the Dean of Students. Employee testing will be managed by Human Resources. Depending on their position, some employees may undergo testing more than once each week.

The University also will monitor waste water for SARS-CoV-2 by collecting raw sewage twice a week at five locations on the Glassboro campus. These locations include Mimosa and Triad halls; Edgewood Park Apartments 500; Edgewood Park Apartments 200, 300 and 400; and Holly Pointe Commons.

Spring 2022 Asymptomatic Testing Results

Date Range Tests administered Confirmed positive cases
Jan. 3-9, 2022 337 10
Jan. 10-16, 2022 368 9
Jan. 17-23, 2022* 3,822 14
Jan. 24-30, 2022 1,112 9
Jan. 31 - Feb. 6, 2022 869 7
Feb. 7-13, 2022 814 2
Feb. 14-20, 2022 711 1
Feb. 21-27, 2022 652 2
Feb. 28 - March 6, 2022 584 0
March 7-13, 2022 473 0
March 14-20, 2022 127 0
March 21-27, 2022 472 1
March 28 - April 3, 2022 463 0
April 4-10, 2022 420 1
April 11-17, 2022 430 1
April 18-24, 2022 390 0
April 25 - May 1, 2022 365 0

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 *To start the spring 2022 semester, every student living on campus or in affiliated housing must be tested through the Wellness Center within their first week of arrival.

Previous Testing Results

Semester Date Range Description Tests administered Confirmed positive cases
Fall 2020 Aug. 25 - Dec. 26, 2020 Asymptomatic testing 3,031 72
Spring 2021 Jan. 22 - April 22, 2021 Pixel Test: Residential students and those taking in-person classes were tested 10 days before returning to campus 4,442 33
Jan. 27 - May 3, 2021 Pool/Group Test: Residential students and other high-risk groups tested every two weeks 17,099 54
Jan. 1 - April 29, 2021 Saliva Test: Nonresidential students and employees tested weekly 744 17
Fall 2021 Sept. 2 - Dec. 16, 2021 Asymptomatic testing 15,793   58

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Total number of confirmed positive cases since March 15, 2020: 3,006

  Main CMSRU Stratford Total
Mar. 15 - Dec. 26, 2020 930 35 32 997
Dec. 26, 2020 - May 1, 2021 410 3 10 423
May 2 - Aug. 28, 2021 59 3 4 66
Aug. 29, 2021 - Jan. 1, 2022 533 39 44 616
Jan. 2, 2022 - today 729 57 118 904

 

About testing protocols and monitoring reporting data

Rowan actively collects and monitors data to assess the health of our community daily.

  1. Review of local hospital COVID-19 testing, ER visits and ICU capacity.
  2. Symptomatic testing – The testing of students who exhibit symptoms or who are unvaccinated.
  3. Daily health wellness survey – The collection of information about the general health of individuals by members of our community reporting their health each day via an online form.

Positivity Rate Reporting: At Rowan, we strive to be as transparent as possible by reporting data that is current and accurate. Many of our students choose to be tested off campus for a variety of reasons (i.e., family physician, access to rapid tests, convenience). While it benefits all involved that students are getting tested, even if off campus, Rowan only learns of the positive test results — not those that come back negative. This imbalance of data means that our positivity numbers may be incomplete and don’t reflect what’s actually happening. Many institutions that report positivity rates have access to their own tests and labs for processing tests.

Delayed Results: Positive test results that originate from a test taken off campus get reported to the state based on the student's home address. The state, in turn, processes these reports in batches and reports them back to county health departments, and ultimately Rowan and the other colleges and universities. Because we are actively seeking reports of positive test results from students and employees, we investigate and report those cases well before the state public reports are issued. Since the results come in batches, county reports sometimes look as though there are local spikes of college-age adults. But, in actuality the larger number often represents data already posted in our charts.

SARS-CoV-2 genome detection in waste water

Weekly detection of SARS-CoV-2 genome in waste water by quantitative RT-PCR.  In 2022, data were collected and analyzed on Tuesday and Thursday, starting in January a week before the start of the semester (January 17, dashed line).  The graphs represent the average Cycle threshold (Ct) values for two independent samples at each location and time point. One Ct unit represents a 2-fold change in genome amount. Two probes were used for detection of the viral N gene by RT-PCR. Both probes provided comparable data. Unlike personal tests which give positive/ negative values, this environmental test provides a range of detection levels. The limit of detection is set at Ct=36, the positive control for PCR analysis is set at Ct=25 for normalization of data. Data points at Ct=36 indicate no detection. Ct values between 36 and 34 are considered low incidence. Ct-value between 34 and 32 are considered moderate and Ct values below 30 are considered high. Highest detection occurred near the start of the semester during the peak of the omicron surge in the region. No sustained presence of viral genome was detected at any location during the semester.

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