The University of New Hampshire (UNH) currently has 71 active cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) with 55 people in total isolation and 265 people in quarantine. This is an increase in the number of cases reported in the past seven days. Students in quarantine do not necessarily have to have a positive test, but have been exposed to COVID-19 by close contacts.
The test results were updated for the fall 2020 COVID-19 test results page on Wednesday Sept. 9. These results can be found on the UNH Coronavirus Website.
Of these active COVID-19 cases, 55 of the 71 active cases are students and 16 of the active cases are faculty or staff. There are 15 people isolating on campus and 35 people are quarantining on campus. Three people have ended isolation and three people have ended quarantine.
On Sept. 6, it was announced that some students in the UNH community were reportedly infected with the coronavirus at a Theta Chi fraternity party on Aug. 29, where more than 100 people in attendance were not wearing masks or social distancing. UNH Chief of Police Paul H. Dean sent an email out to UNH students stating, “in partnership with the N.H. Department of Health and Human Services, the University of New Hampshire has confirmed that there has been a cluster reporting (three or more cases in one location) of COVID-19 cases at Theta Chi fraternity. As the result of a party of more than 100 people not wearing masks Saturday, Aug. 29, there are 11 positive cases, including members of the UNH community, confirmed.” He also warned that anyone at the party should be testing themselves and quarantine immediately in case they have been exposed to COVID-19.
The recent report also states that 3,319 COVID-19 tests is the average daily total tests that UNH conducted between Sept. 2 and Sept. 8. And in the past seven days from Sept. 2 to Sept. 6 there were 22,338 results, 28 positive cases and a 0.13% positivity rate.
The UNH Durham campus in the past seven days had 21,523 negative tests, meaning that 99.89% of the tests in Durham were negative and 24 positive tests which means that .11% of tests were positive.
The cumulative results from July 29, 2020 total that there have been 57,979 negative tests (99.84%) and there have been 93 positive tests (0.16%). These results include multiple tests from the same individuals, and incorporate all cumulative test results reported by ConvenientMD, Quest Diagnostics, and UNH Lab.