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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Last Updated: Oct. 20, 2021

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We Are Back

Welcome back. The Fall 2021 semester is off to a great start. The excitement of being back together is palpable. But we must also be vigilant.

We encourage all Vandals to be vaccinated. Science shows this is the most impactful way of making a difference in the health of our community. Many opportunities are available for free vaccines, including clinics on the Moscow campus.

Face coverings are required in any indoor university-sponsored event or space, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings do not need to be worn if you are working alone in an enclosed workspace or office. This requirement will be reviewed every three weeks and changes will be communicated.

COVID-19 testing is available by contacting the Vandal Health Clinic at 208-885-6693 or by contacting your regular physician.

COVID-19 Testing Data

Numbers in this section reflect those reported to the university during this time period. These reports come from a variety of sources (students, staff, faculty, VandalCARE form, Idaho Public Health and more).

Oct. 9-15

Reported Cases: 7

Oct. 2-8

Reported Cases: 5

Sept. 25 to Oct. 1

Reported Cases: 4

Sept. 18-24

Reported Cases: 2

Sept. 11-17

Reported Cases: 9

Sept. 4-10

Reported Cases: 4

Aug. 28 to Sept. 3

Reported Cases: 27

Aug. 21-27

Reported Cases: 11

U of I reports results weekly of tests processed through testing protocols for Moscow-based university-wide testing. This is not necessarily inclusive of all positive cases in people associated with U of I. The numbers below are a snapshot for the time period described and are reported using the Idaho Public Health guidelines, though numbers here may not match the official reporting of Idaho Public Health. In an effort to produce timely reporting, numbers reported here may include some people who were known to previously be positive, have already completed their required quarantine period and are no longer infectious. These people are not included in the public health reporting.

Idaho Public Health reporting is available on their website.

The U of I statistics below:

  • Include both U of I employees and students;
  • Do not reflect the number of swabs collected;
  • Do not represent total number of unique individuals who have been tested;
  • Do not reflect the number of infectious cases

Spring Semester Totals - Jan. 1 to May 14 – Posted on May 21

Total Test Results Received: 18,475
Total Positive Results: 373
Percent of Positives to Total: 2.41%

This concludes our reporting on testing results.

May 8-14 – Posted on May 17

Total Test Results Received: 180
Total Positive Results: 1
Percent of Positives to Total: 0.56%

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic students and employees, as well as testing of symptomatic and close contacts of positives.

May 1-7 – Posted on May 10

Total Test Results Received: 348
Total Positive Results: 5
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.44%

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic students and employees, as well as testing of symptomatic and close contacts of positives.

Apr. 24 to Apr. 30 – Posted on May 3

Total Test Results Received: 454
Total Positive Results: 12
Percent of Positives to Total: 2.64%

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic students and employees, as well as testing of symptomatic and close contacts of positives.

Apr. 17 to Apr. 23 – Posted on Apr. 26

Total Test Results Received: 503
Total Positive Results: 27
Percent of Positives to Total: 5.37%

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic students and employees as well as testing of symptomatic and close contacts of positives. The general re-test is complete so the number of tests will be smaller for the remainder of the semester.

Apr. 10 to Apr. 16 – Posted on Apr. 19

Total Test Results Received: 474
Total Positive Results: 19*
Percent of Positives to Total: 4.01%*

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic students and employees as well as testing of symptomatic and close contacts of positives. The general re-test is complete so the number of tests will be smaller for the remainder of the semester. *Duplicate previous positives were removed twice. Positives increased from 17 to 19 and 3.59% to 4.01% from original report.

Apr. 3 to Apr. 9 – Posted on Apr. 12

Total Test Results Received: 667
Total Positive Results: 21
Percent of Positives to Total: 3.15%

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic students and employees, and testing of symptomatic and close contacts of positives. The general re-test is complete so the number of tests will be smaller for the remainder of the semester.

Mar. 27 to Apr. 2 – Posted on Apr. 5

Total Test Results Received: 1,031
Total Positive Results: 12
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.16%

These results include mass testing of asymptomatic students and employees.

Mar. 20 to Mar. 26 – Posted on Mar. 29

Total Test Results Received: 3,970
Total Positive Results: 14
Percent of Positives to Total: 0.35%

These results include mass testing of asymptomatic students and employees.

Mar. 13 to Mar. 19 – Posted on Mar. 22

Total Test Results Received: 376
Total Positive Results: 11
Percent of Positives to Total: 2.93%

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic people and requested tests by symptomatic people.

Mar. 6 to Mar. 12 – Posted on Mar. 15

Total Test Results Received: 837
Total Positive Results: 31
Percent of Positives to Total: 3.70%

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic people, symptomatic people and targeted surveillance of known close contacts and others living with people who have tested positive.

Feb. 27 to Mar. 5 – Posted on Mar. 8

Total Test Results Received: 745
Total Positive Results: 28
Percent of Positives to Total: 3.76%

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic people, symptomatic people and targeted surveillance of known close contacts and others living with positives.

Feb. 20 to Feb. 26 – Posted on Mar. 1

Total Test Results Received: 802
Total Positive Results: 61
Percent of Positives to Total: 7.61%

These results include random surveillance testing of asymptomatic people, symptomatic people and targeted surveillance of known close contacts and others living with positives.

Feb. 13 to Feb. 19 – Posted on Feb. 22

Total Test Results Received: 311
Total Positive Results: 4
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.29%

The university has concluded the initial mass testing for the start of the spring semester. These results include random surveillance testing.

Feb. 6 to Feb. 12 – Posted on Feb. 16

Total Test Results Received: 655
Total Positive Results: 6
Percent of Positives to Total: 0.92%

The university has concluded the initial mass testing for the start of the spring semester. These results include random surveillance testing.

Jan. 30 to Feb. 5 – Posted on Feb. 8

Total Test Results Received: 529
Total Positive Results: 6
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.13%

The university is conducting mass testing for the start of the semester and has experienced five consecutive weeks of 1.80% or less in positive results.

Jan. 23 to Jan. 29 – Posted on Feb. 1

Total Test Results Received: 570
Total Positive Results: 8
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.40%

The university is conducting mass testing for the start of the semester and has experienced four consecutive weeks of 1.80% or less in positive results.

Jan. 16 to Jan. 22 – Posted on Jan. 25

Total Test Results Received: 778
Total Positive Results: 14
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.80%

The university is conducting mass testing for the start of the semester. The first 6,023 tests had 1.78% result positive.

Jan. 9 to Jan. 15 – Posted on Jan. 19

Total Test Results Received: 3,437
Total Positive Results: 61
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.77%

The university is conducting mass testing for the start of the semester.

Jan. 1 to Jan. 8 – Posted on Jan. 11

Total Test Results Received: 1808
Total Positive Results: 32
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.77%

The university is conducting mass testing for the start of the semester.

Dec. 19 to Dec. 31 – Posted on Jan. 4

Total Tests Received: 216
Total Positive Tests: 2
Percent of Positives to Total: 0.93%

The university returned 23,559 COVID-19 test results in 2020. The positivity rate was 2.72%.

Dec. 12 to Dec. 18 – Posted on Dec. 21

Total Tests Received: 470
Total Positive Tests: 5
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.06%

The results include symptomatic testing, close contact testing after the six-day minimum wait period from last exposure and those who wanted tested before the holiday break. It did not include the random general surveillance testing of asymptomatic members of the U of I community.

The university currently has 2.73% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Dec. 5 to Dec. 11 – Posted on Dec. 14

Total Tests Received: 399
Total Positive Tests: 12
Percent of Positives to Total: 3.01%

The results include symptomatic testing, close contact testing after the six-day minimum wait period from last exposure and those who wanted tested after Thanksgiving break. It did not include the random general surveillance testing of asymptomatic members of the U of I community.

The university currently has 2.77% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Nov. 28 to Dec. 4 – Posted on Dec. 7

Total Tests Received: 296
Total Positive Tests: 14
Percent of Positives to Total: 4.73%

The results include symptomatic testing and close contact testing after the six-day minimum wait period from last exposure. It did not include the random general surveillance testing of asymptomatic members of the U of I community, so, as expected, the percentage of positives is higher than weeks with random general surveillance.

The university currently has 2.76% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. The number of active positives to total population changes daily and continues to be low in the 1.0%-1.5% range. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Nov. 21 to Nov. 27 – Posted on Dec. 1

Total Tests Received: 402
Total Positive Tests: 22
Percent of Positives to Total: 5.47%

Testing this week was provided as a service to U of I students and employees who wanted to be tested before and during the holiday break. The results include symptomatic testing, close contact testing after the six-day minimum wait period from last exposure and voluntary testing by U of I students and employees who thought they may have been exposed and wanted to be sure they were negative before being around family and friends. It did not include the random general surveillance testing of asymptomatic members of the U of I community, so, as expected, the percentage of positives is higher than weeks with random general surveillance.

The university currently has 2.74% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. The number of active positives to total population changes daily and continues to be low in the 1.0%-1.5% range. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Nov. 14 to Nov. 20 – Posted on Nov. 23

Total Tests Received: 1,095
Total Positive Tests: 60
Percent of Positives to Total: 5.48%

Testing this week was provided as a service to U of I students and employees who wanted tested before the holiday break. The results include symptomatic testing, close contact testing after the six day minimum wait period from last exposure, and voluntary testing by U of I students and employees who thought they may have been exposed and wanted to be sure they were negative before being around family and friends. It did not include the random general surveillance testing of asymptomatic members of the U of I community, so, as expected, we did see an increase in the percent of positives.

The university currently has 2.69% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. The number of active positives to total population changes daily and continues to be low in the 1.0%-1.5% range. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Nov. 7 to Nov. 13 – Posted on Nov. 16

Total Tests Received: 1,756
Total Positive Tests: 66
Percent of Positives to Total: 3.76%

This week included random surveillance testing of our asymptomatic population, increased symptomatic testing and increased close contact testing after the six day minimum wait period from last exposure. Next week will not include the random general surveillance testing, so we do expect an increase in the percent of positives as symptomatic testing will be a larger percentage of the overall tests conducted.

The university currently has 2.54% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. The number of active positives to total population changes daily and continues to be low in the 1.0%-1.5% range. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Oct. 31 to Nov. 6 – Posted on Nov. 9

Total Tests Received: 999
Total Positive Tests: 25
Percent of Positives to Total: 2.50%

The university currently has 2.43% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. The number of active positives to total population changes daily and continues to be low in the 1.0%-1.5% range. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Oct. 24 to Oct. 30 – Posted on Nov. 2

Total Tests Received: 789
Total Positive Tests: 7
Percent of Positives to Total: 0.89%

The university currently has 2.42% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. The number of active positives to total population changes daily and continues to be low in the 1.0%-1.5% range. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Oct. 17 to Oct. 23 – Posted on Oct. 26

Total Tests Received: 912
Total Positive Tests: 21
Percent of Positives to Total: 2.3%

The university currently has 2.49% of positives in total results received since the start of testing in early August. The number of active positives to total population changes daily and continues to be low in the 1.0%-1.5% range. This does not include the positive cases in Athletics prior to the start of the university-wide testing.

Oct. 10 to Oct. 16 – Posted on Oct. 19

Total Tests Received: 2,757
Total Positive Tests: 43
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.56%

This was the second week of the university retest of all Moscow-based students attending in-person classes and we continue to see a decline in positives and spread. The average positive percentage rate of the most recent 5,256 students tested is 2.2%.

Oct. 3 to Oct. 9 – Posted on Oct. 12

Total Tests Received: 2,499
Total Positive Tests: 74
Percent of Positives to Total: 2.96%

This week the university initiated a re-test of all Moscow based students attending in person classes. There were positives in students living on and off campus. The highest concentration of positives were in the on campus Greek live-in population; however, there was a significant improvement over the past two weeks.

Sept. 26 to Oct. 2 – Posted on Oct. 4

Total Tests Received: 1,389
Total Positive Tests: 116
Percent of Positives to Total: 8.35%

These results are a mix of Greek specific testing and general surveillance of the entire U of I community. The live-in Greek chapters continue to be the primary source of the positives and 4X more infected than other students living on campus. There is little to no infection across the off campus students and employees.

Sept. 19 to Sept. 25 – Posted on Sept. 28

Total Tests Received: 561
Total Positive Tests: 67
Percent of Positives to Total: 11.94%

Targeted surveillance testing of close contacts to known clusters of positives was completed this week. Positives were primarily found in live-in members of Greek chapters. In addition to the targeted surveillance testing, we will conduct a large random surveillance testing next week with a broader cross-section of our population, including employees, to better understand the positive rate of the overall U of I community.

Sept. 12 to Sept. 18 – Posted on Sept. 21

Total Tests Received: 531
Total Positive Tests: 25
Percent of Positives to Total: 4.71%

Surveillance testing was primarily done this week focused on those who traveled over Labor Day weekend. Positives found in residence halls, sororities, off campus and employees.

Sept. 5 to Sept. 11 – Posted on Sept. 14

Total Tests Received: 744
Total Positive Tests: 12
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.61%

Initial screening of late arriving students, retesting of quarantined students and surveillance testing was primarily done this week. There was a small cluster of positives in a residence hall. 

Aug. 29 to Sept. 4 – Posted on Sept. 8

Total Tests Received: 205
Total Positive Tests: 4
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.95%

The percent of positives has increased as we have transitioned from initial screening to surveillance testing and testing of students who have been under official quarantine by Public Health for at least six days.

Aug. 22 to Aug. 28 – Posted on Aug. 31

Total Tests Received: 2,321
Total Positive Tests: 24
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.03%

Aug. 14 to Aug. 21 – Posted on Aug. 24

Total Tests Received: 2,860
Total Positive Tests: 25
Percent of Positives to Total Results Received: 0.87%

Initial Results to Aug. 13 – Posted on Aug. 14

Total Tests Received: 2,371
Total Positive Tests: 34
Percent of Positives to Total: 1.43%

COVID-19 Guidance

Appointments for testing can be made at the Vandal Health Clinic. Call 208-885-6693 or your regular physician. The regular testing site on the Moscow campus will not be reopened for Fall 2021.

People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

Guidance courtesy of CDC.

Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. People who are fully vaccinated do NOT need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

Guidance courtesy of CDC.

Stay home and monitor your health.

Think about the people you have recently been around. (Public Health will ask.)

Answer the phone call from the health department.

Guidance courtesy of CDC.

All positive COVID-19 tests should be reported through a VandalCare Report. If you live in campus housing, a Greek chapter house or are an athlete, space is available in Targhee Hall for you to recover without further exposing others. If you live off campus, you are expected to isolate based on the recommendation of your physician.

Stay home. Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care. Do not leave your home, except to get medical care. Do not visit public areas.

Take care of yourself. Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines, such as acetaminophen, to help you feel better.

Stay in touch with your doctor. Call before you get medical care. Be sure to get care if you have trouble breathing or have any other emergency warning signs or if you think it is an emergency.

Avoid public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.

Guidance courtesy of CDC.

If you had symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19 or if a healthcare provider thinks* that you have COVID-19, you must stay home until:

  • At least 10 days** have passed since your symptoms first started and
  • You have had no fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers) and
  • Your symptoms have improved

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but never had any symptoms:

  • You must stay home for 10 days after the test was taken, but
  • If you develop symptoms, you need to follow the instructions above

Guidance courtesy of Idaho Public Health.

Vaccines are strongly encouraged but cannot be required, per an executive order. According to the CDC, the best way to keep our Vandal Family healthy is to get vaccinated. Learn more about COVID-19 vaccines and where to get them. Clinics will be on the Moscow campus. Pre-register now.

Vandal Health Clinic

Physical Address:

831 Ash Street
Moscow, ID 83843

Phone: 208-885-6693

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