Two weeks into Iowa State University semester, 106 in quarantine for COVID-19 exposure

Isabella Rosario
Ames Tribune

An additional 39 COVID-19 cases were reported at Iowa State University from Feb. 1 to Feb. 7, according to the university's public health dashboard.

That total includes 31 students identified through on-campus testing, as well as four students, three staff members and one faculty member who reported testing positive from off-campus sources.

Iowa State's spring semester officially began Jan. 25. The weekly positivity rate is 3.13% of those tested, down from 3.96% last week.

According to Iowa State's report, from Jan. 25 to Feb. 7, a total of 106 individuals were in quarantine after coming into close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Of those in quarantine, 13 people — 12% — later tested positive, the university reported. 

From Feb. 1 to Feb. 7, a total of 49 individuals were in isolation with active COVID-19 cases, Iowa State reported. 

As of Jan. 31, 23 on-campus isolation or quarantine rooms were in use — 12 isolation rooms, representing 7.7% of capacity; and 11 quarantine rooms, representing 4.7% of capacity.

Since Jan. 1, a total of 172 members of the Iowa State community — including students, graduate assistants, staff and faculty — have tested positive for COVID-19 through on-campus testing, according to the university statistics:

  • Students –  127 positives 
  • Graduate assistants – 14 positives
  • Staff – 24 positives
  • ISU faculty – 7 positives 

The Iowa State COVID-19 website was updated on Feb. 1 to start tracking data for the spring semester. Data from the fall semester and winter break is archived and publicly accessible.