The low number of cases on campus is a good sign, however, it’s too early to say whether UD’s cases have plateaued, said Dan Suffoletto, the health department’s spokesman. Given COVID-19′s 14-day incubation period, the number of cases need to be low for a longer period of time before officials can determine whether there’s a trend or if cases are starting to subside, he said.
Even so, people should not become complacent, and they should continue following the safety protocol, which includes wearing masks, social distancing, frequent hand washing and avoiding large crowds, Suffoletto said.
“So, if those things can be maintained, then we hope the numbers can continue to go down,” he said.
UD has had random surveillance testing in place for the past several weeks, and has tested up to 1,000 students weekly. However, last week they paused the program to allow university testing sites to meet the demand for tests from students who were experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, were close contacts of those diagnosed, or otherwise wished to be tested, the school said.
The surveillance program resumed this week, and is focused on potential hot spots for the virus, including residence halls. Officials said they anticipate testing several hundred students per week under the surveillance program moving forward, with the number varying each week. Students are being notified directly via email if they are selected for testing. Additionally, the on-campus testing locations for students with and without symptoms will continue.
Students can also be tested off campus by their physician or at local urgent cares, the institution said.
Other area colleges and universities have not reported new cases this week.