COVID-19 Data—Spring 2021
With the completion of the Spring 2021 semester on May 22, daily updates to the COVID-19 dashboard are paused. We will assess the need to resume daily statistics throughout the summer term.
Data represents all students, faculty, and staff, and includes results from screening testing, as well as on- and off-campus diagnostic testing with results reported to the Health and Counseling Center. Also included are employee tests conducted off-campus and reported to Human Resources. Student numbers are reported daily; faculty and staff numbers are reported Monday through Friday.
Weekly Reported Data, week of 5-10-2021
Results from testing and isolation/quarantine data from the previous week are reported weekly on Monday.
Random sample screening tests of roughly 10% of the student population and 5% of the employee population are conducted weekly, in addition to NCAA-required screening tests of student athletes. The number of student diagnostic tests and the number of positive results are reported in the week the data become available. For each individual positive case, both an antigen test and a PCR could be administered. As a result, the total number of positive diagnostic tests is often greater than the number of positive cases. On-campus isolation/quarantine data represent students in the Mother Angela Care Center. Off-campus data represents students quarantining or isolating either at home or in off-campus housing. All employee diagnostic tests are conducted off campus, therefore not included in the dashboard.
Isolation: For individuals with COVID-like symptoms or positive test results. The length of stay in isolation is 10 days from the onset of symptoms or a positive test. For symptomatic patients, there must also be a demonstrated improvement in symptomatology and no fever for 24 hours in order to be released from isolation
Quarantine: For individuals with identified exposure to an infected individual. The length of stay in quarantine is 10 days from exposure with no onset of symptoms
Exposure: Per guidelines from the CDC and St Joseph County Health Department, any individual who has been in close contact (within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes without a mask) with a person who was diagnosed or was likely to have COVID-19 is considered to have been exposed.
Diagnostic Testing: A diagnostic test can show if you have an active coronavirus infection and should take steps to quarantine or isolate yourself from others. At Saint Mary’s, we conduct a diagnostic test for any student who is symptomatic, or has been directly exposed to someone with an active COVID-19 infection.
Screening Testing: The College will test a random sample of students, faculty, and staff each week for COVID-19. Included in the overall population will be undergraduate and graduate students who attend courses on campus, including commuter students. It does not include students, faculty, or staff who are completing all their Saint Mary’s courses or work responsibilities solely online, or those who have tested positive in the 12 weeks prior.
- PCR: molecular tests that detect the virus's genetic material
- Rapid Antigen: tests that detect specific proteins on the surface of the virus
Moving Average (also known as Rolling Average): A 7-day moving average takes data from the past 7 days, adds them up, and divides it by 7. This provides an average over time, removing peaks and valleys.