The campus has received the test results of all students tested before moving into the residence halls last week and, for transparency, we are sharing the test results with you.
Of the 1,887 specimens tested, we had three students who tested positive and two students whose tests were inconclusive (we are treating them as positive cases). We had 26 insufficient specimens, which will require retesting, and 1,856 tested negative.
According to Dr. Guy Nicolette, assistant vice chancellor and head of University Health Services, the results are encouraging so far but it is important to remain vigilant. It is crucial that students continue to follow residence hall sequestering protocols as well as the standard steps, such as frequent hand washing and face coverings, to protect themselves and others.
It is important to note that it can take several days after contracting COVID-19 to test positive for the virus. Someone who tests negative could still be infectious and test positive at a later date. It is also possible to be asymptomatic and transmit this infection. This is why it is so important that students continue to adhere to the sequestering protocols.
Students who tested positive or had inconclusive results were contacted by UHS, which works with the students to identify any close contacts. UHS coordinates with the city of Berkeley Public Health department to address positive test results and close contacts.
The students who test positive or had close contacts with those students are temporarily housed at the Foothill residential housing complex on campus for isolation and quarantining until they are cleared by UHS to return to their assigned rooms.
Under campus move-in protocols, students were required to be tested at UHS before moving into the residential halls and then required to sequester in their residential room (all students are in single rooms) for 7-10 days. Thereafter, we will have regular follow up testing.
As of August 26, we have 102 students who have not yet moved in. Roughly half of these are students requesting a later move-in date. August 27 is the cutoff date for students to cancel their contracts with a $150 cancellation fee. Any new students moving in will also need to be tested before moving in.