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More than 1,200 FSU students, employees test positive for COVID-19

Florida State University
Posted at 2:20 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 14:29:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — In a span of a week, hundreds of FSU students have tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the total number of cases among the student body to more than 1,200.

Monday, the university updated it's COVID-19 dashboard, reporting that 1,230 FSU students have tested positive for the virus while 20 employees have tested positive.

They say the numbers reflect data collected from Aug. 2 through Sept. 11.

In last week's update, collectively, 839 students and 14 employees had tested positive for COVID-19. This week's data is reflective of a jump of more than 400 additional cases among the student body.

FSU's dashboard does not specify whether the students who tested positive live on or off campus.

The positivity also rose to 8.49%, up from 7.32% the week before. A total of 14,716 tests have been conducted at FSU since Aug. 2, up nearly 3,063 from 11,653 the week prior.

That's around 500 fewer tests than last week.

Since Aug. 30, the daily median age for COVID-19 cases in Leon County has dropped into the low 20s. According to the FDOH COVID-19 report released Monday, at least 271 cases from Sunday have been connected to FSU.

While those between the ages of 15 and 24 make up more than 45 percent of the county's cases, only 5 percent of those cases have resulted in hospitalizations.

The spike comes after FSU announced that they would be randomly testing asymptomatic students and staff. The random testing began Monday, Sept. 14 and will continue throughout the Fall 2020 semester.