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BYU sees decrease in COVID-19 cases following September surge

Brigham Young University
Posted at 11:04 AM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 13:04:22-04

PROVO, Utah — COVID-19 cases on the Brigham Young University campus have dropped since a surge at the start of the fall semester.

During the most recent week where results are available, there were 285 cases reported at BYU between Sept. 25 and Oct. 1. Those numbers are a decrease of 185 cases from the previous week.

School officials warned students, faculty and staff after cases shot up almost immediately after the new semester began in early September. Cases rose each of the first four weeks of school, moving to an eventual high of 470 during the week of Sept. 18-24.

WEEKLY COVID-19 CASES AT BYU:

  • Week 1 (Aug. 28 - Sept. 3) - 76
  • Week 2 (Sept. 4 - Sept. 10) - 219
  • Week 3 (Sept. 11 - Sept. 17) - 455
  • Week 4 (Sept. 18 - Sept. 24) - 470
  • Week 5 (Sept. 25 - Oct. 1) - 285

The school reports 3.7 percent of the 43,000 people on campus have been infected with COVID-19.

There are currently 158 active cases among the BYU campus community, all of whom are in isolation.

Students and employees at the school are required to report positive tests. Students infected must isolate and continue to attend classes remotely, while employees must work for home.