Positive cases of coronavirus spike at Texas State University

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — Texas State University officials reported a recent spike in positive COVID-19 cases among students and faculty at the school.

The university’s COVID-19 dashboard was updated to reflect 24 new student cases reported on Friday, the most in a single day since March 1.

The previous single-day high prior to Friday was eight cases, which includes six students and two teachers, on Aug. 25.

Texas State University originally reported only 17 cases on it’s Roadmap to Return dashboard. The answers the university provided KXAN does not reflect the update of seven unaccounted cases.

University officials told KXAN the 17 cases represent results from tests conducted over a three day period, from Aug. 25 to Aug. 27.

“We are seeing an increase in positive test reports because students have returned for classes and we are encouraging everyone regardless of where they tested to report the results to us via Bobcat Trace, our secure web application that initiates contact tracing. There is no clustering of cases. “

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Texas State officials said seven of the 17 cases occurred in residence halls. There is no indication that the cases were connected to one another, the university reports.

On Tuesday, Texas State officials said six of the seven unaccounted cases reported after the 17 cases were recorded were students living in separate residence halls. Officials say those cases are unrelated to each other as well as to previously reported cases.

Since March 1, 172 students have either self-reported or reported to the Student Health Center their own positive diagnosis, representing more than 84% of the total positive cases at Texas State University.

Texas State University officials have outlined the safety precautions they are taking for students and faculty in their Roadmap to Return, which includes expectations for cleaning and disinfecting as well as protocols in place for handling new, positive cases of the coronavirus on campus.

Reach KXAN’s Education Reporter Alex Caprariello by email at alexc@kxan.com or by phone at 512-703-5365, or find him on Twitter and Facebook.

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