The University of Kentucky hasn’t updated its coronavirus case numbers since August 22, but according to the latest numbers from the health department, there are almost 900 cases among students living on and off campus in Fayette County.
This morning, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department released updated numbers that show 880 cases at UK, which represent 15% of the 5,915 total cases in the county. The numbers from the Kentucky Department of Public Health are even higher, with 1,084 total cases at UK, up 372 from yesterday. Of those 1,084 cases, 677 students have recovered while 407 remain active.
UK Spokesman Jay Blanton told the Courier-Journal UK’s latest phase of testing, which includes retesting Greek life students, will be completed soon and from there, the university will decide how to proceed.
Those decisions could involve more testing of students and efforts to control the virus, spokesman Jay Blanton said. But deciding to move to online-only classes would be based on more factors than just positive results, he said.
UK also considers how much personal protective equipment it has as well as critical care beds, isolation and quarantining space, the ability to provide a residential research experience and the ability to provide housing and dining.
“We remain in a good space in all of those factors,” Blanton said.
UK’s COVID-19 testing dashboard is currently down for maintenance, so maybe we’ll get an update today.
UPDATE: Ask and ye shall receive! UK’s new COVID-19 dashboard is up and shows 435 total active cases and 288 total recovered cases, with 78 students in campus and Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) isolation facilities. As of August 30, UK has conducted 26,416 total tests with 575 positive results.