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Current Campus Impact: Students

3 Total Active Cases

UK 7-Day Average: 10

1,368 Total Recovered Cases

UK 7-Day Average: 1,360

O Newly Reported Cases on May 14

UK 7-Day Average: 1

19,319 Physically coming to campus

This reflects the number of UK students who are physically coming to campus and, therefore, are required to be tested for COVID-19 as part of UK's ongoing testing. Note* students who tested positive in the 90 days preceding entry testing, or whose academic semester began earlier than the rest of campus (Colleges of Dentistry, Pharmacy and Medicine) were not required to participate in entry testing between Jan. 14-30, but WILL be required to participate in ongoing testing. Those who are not physically coming to campus are not required to be tested or to participate in the daily screening.

These data represent test results UK Health Corps has received from Jan.14 - May 14, 2021.  

These data have a variety of sources, including on-campus testing data, results from off-campus providers, results from the Southeastern Conference and its testing partner and self-reported results revealed through the contact tracing process, which may lack testing documentation. 

These data reflect best available information on a three-day delay from the update date, consistent with UK's previous cadence of reporting COVID-19 results. Here's why: When UK Health Corps receives a report of a positive case or potential exposure, the first priority is to document those contacts and continue the tracing process. Data is constantly uploaded and updated in our data management system, Health Cloud. The three-day period provides the necessary time to reconcile the data to maximize clarity and accuracy. 

Active Cases: Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have not yet been released from their respective isolation locations or county health departments. If a student does not submit to UK a "release from isolation" document from a county health department, they remain an active case for 10 days after their test date. Students living in on-campus facilities are moved to on-campus isolation facilities (see data below). Students living off-campus are instructed to isolate in their off-campus residences. All students who have been issued isolation orders have the option to return home to their permanent residences for their isolation period, if they choose.

Recovered Cases: Students who previously tested positive and have since been released from their respective health departments in the counties in which they are isolating. This action takes place once UK Health Corps has successfully received via email their “release from isolation” document and the case is officially closed. This also applies to cases that are beyond 10 days of the test date.

Newly Reported Cases: Students with positive COVID-19 test results, who did not previously exist in UK's database of detected results. When Health Corps receives notification of a new case, contact tracers immediately begin their protocol to determine exposures and other relevant information, all of which is loaded into Health Cloud. Regardless of the date a test was conducted, it would be reported as a new case for the date it was first received by Health Corps. 

Currently Required to be Tested: All students who physically come to campus were required to receive a PCR COVID-19 test. Certain student populations were required to receive a second test, as data revealed trends. UK will continue to require retesting as new trends are detected and will provide support to these populations. Additionally, the daily screening tool connects students with Health Corps contact tracers, who may recommend retesting in alignment with protocol. 

Chart of new, active and recovered cases

Students Currently in Campus Isolation Facilities

Campus Isolation Facilities

- Students living in campus isolation facilities

171 - Campus isolation facility capacity (number of beds)

0% - Current campus isolation occupancy

O Students in Campus and FSL Isolation Facilities

The remainder of active cases are isolating off campus.

Fraternity and Sorority Life Isolation Facilities

0 - Students in FSL isolation facilities

FSL facilities with high in-house positivity rates were converted to isolation spaces, at the direction of Health Corps. Students who previously lived in these residences, but who have not tested positive for COVID-19, have moved out and are quarantining in other spaces. 

Quarantine: Compulsory separation, including restriction of movement, of people who potentially have been exposed to a contagious disease, until it can be determined whether they have become sick or no longer pose a risk to others. This determination could be made, for example, based on the time elapsed from their potential exposure.

Isolation: Separation of people known or suspected (via signs, symptoms or laboratory criteria) to be infected with a contagious disease from those who are not sick to prevent them from transmitting the disease to others.

Daily Screening

All students and employees who are physically coming to campus and are not vaccinated are required to complete a COVID-19 screening, every day, seven days a week. Completion of this screening is necessary to remain in compliance with university requirements. This screening is not only a means to keep the community safe, but another way for individuals to be mindful of their symptoms.

If individuals indicate they have no symptoms or known exposure, they will be free to continue with their daily schedules. Students who indicate they are experiencing symptoms or who have had exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by a member of the UK Health Corps, provided with resources and support and asked to return to their residence halls or off-campus residences to monitor their symptoms.

Employees who indicate they are experiencing symptoms or who have had exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 also will be contacted by a member of the UK Health Corps, provided with resources and support and asked to remain home to monitor their symptoms.

Daily Screening

Average of UK Population Completing Daily Screening - 23%

  • Students - 30%
  • Employees - 6%

These percentages are based on the population required to complete the daily screening. 

UK-Collected Totals To Date: Students

60,555 Total Tests Conducted

As of May 14, 2021

614 Total Positive Results

As of May 14, 2021

59,941 Total Negative Results

As of May 14, 2021

These data reflect PCR COVID-19 test results conducted through on-campus testing and retesting (Wild Health and University Health Service) as well as PCR tests from other healthcare providers uploaded to University Health Service, from Jan. 14 through May 14. 

Notably, these numbers differ from data presented in the first section of this page (active cases + recovered cases). Here is why: These numbers reflect only UK-collected results. 

* Individuals with inconclusive results (0) have been directed to retest and provided with instructions and resources.


These data are being communicated with the state and local health departments.

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Factors Underscoring Operational Status

 The underlying factors the institution uses to monitor the health and well-being of the campus and operational status include:

  • Supply of PPE.
  • Prevalence of the virus.
  • The capacity for daily screening and ongoing contact tracing.
  • The capacity for isolation and quarantining.
  • The ability to provide residential experience on our campus.
  • Guidance from local, state and federal health and public policy officials.
  • The number of critical care beds in UK HealthCare to serve both campus and community.