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Rutgers releases updated coronavirus testing data

The weekly proportion positivity rate for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has now decreased for five consecutive weeks. – Photo by Pixabay.com

Rutgers released its Weekly University Health Update yesterday with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing data for the week of Feb. 28 to March 6.

Of the 9,792 tests performed, 49 came back positive and 9,703 came back negative, according to the email. Forty tests were inconclusive, according to the University’s Testing Program Dashboard.

Students made up 29 of the positive test results, and 20 employees also tested positive, according to the dashboard.

Rutgers—New Brunswick had a total of 32 positive test results, according to the dashboard, while Rutgers—Newark had seven and Rutgers—Camden had six.

Additionally, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)—Newark and RBHS—New Brunswick/Piscataway each had two, according to the dashboard.

The weekly proportion positivity rate decreased to 0.50 percent, compared to the week’s previous 0.58 percent, according to the dashboard. The rate has now decreased for five consecutive weeks.

Since the start of the University’s testing program in May 2020, a total of 169,574 tests were performed, with 2,230 positive results, 166,758 negative results and 586 inconclusive tests, according to the dashboard. Overall, 1.32 percent of tests came back positive, while 98.34 percent came back negative.

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