Additional 36 COVID-19 cases reported at Iowa State

Phillip Sitter
Ames Tribune

An additional 36 COVID-19 cases were reported at Iowa State University from April 19 to April 25, according to the university's public health dashboard.

The week's reported total includes 33 students and two staff identified through on-campus testing, as well as one staff member who reported testing positive from an off-campus source.

The weekly positivity rate was 5.02% as of Sunday, up from 4.93% the week before.

Last week's COVID-19 update from ISU:Additional 43 COVID-19 cases reported at Iowa State University

ISU's mass vaccination clinic this week is open to students and employees. According to the university, participants can choose either the two-dose Pfizer vaccine or single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The second Pfizer dose can be received on campus or at another location. People who are eligible for a second Pfizer dose this week can also schedule an appointment no matter where they received their first dose.

J&J vaccine in use again in Iowa:

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According to ISU's latest report, from April 12 to April 25, a total of 61 individuals were in quarantine after coming into close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Of those in quarantine, seven people — 11% — later tested positive, the university reported. 

From April 19 to April 25, 46 individuals were in isolation with active COVID-19 cases.

As of April 25, no campus isolation rooms or quarantine rooms were in use.

Since Jan. 1, a total of 602 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 (not including move-in testing):

  • Students – 493 positives 
  • Graduate assistants – 48 positives
  • Staff – 51 positives
  • ISU faculty – 10 positives 

The positive cases make up 3.8% of the on-campus testing conducted. 

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.

In the fall semester, a total of 2,175 students had tested positive through on-campus testing, as well as 52 graduate assistants, 155 staff and 15 faculty members.

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Phillip Sitter covers education for the Ames Tribune, including Iowa State University and PreK-12 schools in Ames and elsewhere in Story County. Phillip can be reached via email at psitter@gannett.com. He is on Twitter @pslifeisabeauty.