Daniel J. Nesbitt ’22
Garrett Kirk ’24
Trinity has seen a recent increase in COVID-19 cases during the past week after a previously quiet spring semester. According to the College’s COVID-19 dashboard, as of Monday Mar. 29, there are eight infected students and three infected “employees and affiliates”. As a result of this uptick, there are six students in isolation and nineteen in quarantine.
Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President for External Affairs Jason Rojas told the Tripod that “We have seen a slight increase in the number of cases relative to where we have been since students returned to campus but our community is managing the semester very well. The cases were connected to a group of students who know each other and through rapid testing, quarantining, and isolation we have been able to mitigate further spread. We appreciate students’ level of cooperation with our testing protocols.”
According to Rojas, “There were no details regarding location provided as part of our briefing. There are no cases among faculty. Contact tracing with staff indicates that confirmed cases are not associated with work activities.”
The College still remains in the green level operating status despite the slight increase in COVID-19 cases. This increase in positive cases is reflected in the College’s COVID PCR testing data. The graph above shows the weekly testing rates for positive, inconclusive, and invalid results; The negative test rate was omitted for scale and clarity. As shown in the graph, the weekly positive test rate has gradually increased between the week of Mar. 1, the start of in-person classes, and the week of Mar. 22, rising from approximately 0.02% positive to 0.17% positive. Meanwhile, the inconclusive and invalid test rates show no clear trend in either direction. There were between 4,195 and 4,718 PCR tests conducted in total each week in the graph.