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Rutgers provides updated coronavirus testing data

The weekly proportion positivity rate for the week ending March 27 increased to 1.39 percent, which is the highest it has been since the week ending Feb. 13. – Photo by Flickr.com

Rutgers released its Weekly University Health Update today with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) testing data for the week of March 21 to March 27.

Of the 10,605 tests performed, 147 came back positive and 10,421 came back negative. Thirty-seven tests were inconclusive, according to the University’s Testing Program Dashboard

Students made up 108 of the positive test results, with 35 employees and four Rutgers affiliates also testing positive, according to the dashboard.

Rutgers—New Brunswick had 124 positive test results, according to the dashboard, while Rutgers—Newark had nine and Rutgers—Camden had six.

Additionally, both Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)—Newark and RBHS—New Brunswick/Piscataway had three positive test results each, according to the dashboard. Two off-site positive results were also recorded.

The weekly proportion positive rate increased to 1.39 percent, compared to the previous week’s 0.90 percent, according to the dashboard. The rate has now increased for three consecutive weeks, with this week’s proportion positivity rate being the highest it has been since the week ending Feb. 13.

Since the start of the University’s testing program in May 2020, a total of 216,735 tests were performed, with 2,687 positive results, 213,353 negative results and 695 inconclusive tests, according to the dashboard. Overall, 1.24 percent of tests came back positive, while 98.44 percent came back negative.

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