Of Miami’s 35 residence halls on its main Oxford campus, 13 – or 38 percent – have some floors listed in the purple category, which is the highest alert level per a new coronavirus testing measurement installed by the school last week.
According to Miami’s coronavirus dashboard, the purple Level 4 category means at each residence hall “at least one floor with at least 5 percent tested positive in the last seven days and statistical evidence of a cluster.”
“Currently over half of our students are living in residence halls that have the lowest possible rating (yellow or orange) and do not anticipate requiring students to leave campus,” she said.
The student halls listed with floors at a purple Level 4 are: Anderson; Brandon; Clawson; Dennison; Emerson; Flower; Hahne; Havighurst; McBride; Minnich; Morris; Ogden and Symmes as of Monday.
According to the Monday update on Miami’s dashboard there were 41 new student cases from the previous dashboard update and a cumulative total 1,795 students testing positive for coronavirus since Aug. 17.
Of the 1,795, the “estimated cumulative recovered” has been 1,383 students.
There have been no reports to date of a Miami student being hospitalized for the coronavirus.
There are just more than half of the usual 8,000 students now living in residence halls on Miami’s main Oxford campus, school officials have reported.
Besides their own techniques, Miami learned from other schools in creating their prevention and monitoring models, which they have modified to respond to the changing infection-rate data.
“We also are vigilant in reminding students to follow the guidelines to wear face coverings, maintain proper physical distancing and refrain from gathering in groups,” said Johnson. “Our latest guidance urges them to keep groups smaller than four and to wear masks at all times, except in their residence hall room and while actively eating.”
“Along with our color-code system for testing, we implemented our Remain in Room plan for residence halls that are experiencing an elevated level of positive cases to help mitigate the spread of the virus.”