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42 students, 5 employees at FSU test positive for COVID-19

Florida State University
Posted at 5:31 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 17:31:59-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Florida State University confirms that 42 students and five employees have tested positive for coronavirus within the last two weeks.

Between August 2 and August 15, FSU conducted 3,222 tests of students, faculty and staff. Of those, 42 students and five employees tested positive during that two-week period.

That's reflective of a 1.46% positivity rate for those who have taken advantage of the free testing provided by FSU .

Students living on campus who test positive are moved to isolate for 14 days in the university’s designated isolation residence hall or other isolation facilities. Off-campus students will isolate in their off-campus residences for 14 days.

The university says any students, faculty or staff identified through contact tracing and assessment will also be notified and required to quarantine for 14 days.

FSU says clearance to return to campus and/or to their regular campus residence hall will be determined by appropriate university and CDC guidelines.

FSU officials stressed that does not share COVID-19 information on specific populations publicly because it could lead to the identification of individuals affected and compromise their medical privacy.

As the fall semester approaches, the university says it plans on releasing more information related to test results.