Protect the Flock

UD launched a marketing campaign called “Protect the Flock,” which is aimed at educating students about the importance of wearing masks and staying socially distanced.

In just two weeks, the University of Delaware has reported 100 coronavirus cases.

The milestone came Friday, when UD officials announced eight new cases.

All but four of the 100 cases involve students; the others are UD employees.

The tally includes students and employees who have physically been on campus in the days leading up to testing positive as well as students living in off-campus housing within downtown Newark.

UD does its own surveillance testing and refers presumptive positive cases for a second, FDA-approved test for confirmation. Cases listed in the official count have been confirmed positive through a molecular diagnostic test and were reported to the university by the Delaware Division of Public Health.

UD has not released information about the severity of the cases.

After controlling an initial outbreak in March tied to a UD professor who visited New Jersey, Newark saw a lower rate of infection that many other areas of Delaware throughout the spring and summer. By mid-August, the average number of new cases per day in the city was less than one. Now, thanks to the recent spike at UD, the average number of daily new cases is 6.3.

As a comparison, while it took Newark two months over the summer to accumulate 100 new cases, UD did that in just two weeks.

Also on Friday, Newark officials announced that a city employee tested positive for coronavirus during a Sept. 3 testing event for city employees. All employees who had contact with that person are being isolated until they get their test results back.

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