On the first day of fall classes, a record number of students, faculty and staff took COVID-19 tests at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, using the school’s pioneering saliva-based technology.
Of the 17,656 tests conducted Monday alone, 97 were positive, according to university data.
On Tuesday, however, 120 positive results were identified from 15,850 new tests, the highest number found in a single day since the testing program launched in early July. Those results brought the rolling five-day positivity rate to about 0.75% for all tests performed, which is well within public health guidelines.
Spokeswoman Robin Kaler said the school’s public dashboard counts positive tests but does not track people, meaning the data includes individuals who have tested positive multiple times. The school is “working on how to distill the actual number of cases,” she said in an email.