DePauw University COVID-19 Dashboard
Test results reflect DePauw University administered diagnostic tests by DePauw Health as well as partner Affinity Assure (including randomized DePauw community testing) and others reported to us by employees who have been physically on campus during the fall semester, resident students and commuter students.
September 18, 2020
This dashboard will be updated Monday through Friday at 12:00pm.
Current Active Cases on campus*
ON CAMPUS* students in:
Cumulative Tests On CAMPUS* to Date
Any invalid test results received are re-run with new tests. When a student is put into isolation, they have either tested positive for COVID-19 or have been considered clinically positive while we await a test. As you read the dashboard, please keep this information in mind, as numbers may change frequently.
Test Results by Week***—Students, Faculty & Staff on campus*
|Week of 09/07/20||1||107||0||108|
|Week of 08/31/20||3||158||0||161|
* On campus includes faculty, staff, students in residence on campus and commuter students.
**Total represents tests administered.
*** Week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday.
Every student in residence, attending courses on-campus, or attending other approved on-campus activities must adhere to our return to campus health protocol which includes two negative COVID-19 tests in 7 days (tests included in historical data below), and our on-going health protocol which includes weekly, random asymptomatic testing (results above) and a daily symptom screening. Employees are required to report symptoms or positive test results to DePauw Health via a secure email address.
For information regarding COVID-19 in Indiana and Putnam County, please see the Indiana COVID-19 Dashboard: https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/. For more information regarding COVID-19, see the CDC's website.
The mitigation team
DePauw University has implemented a COVID-19 mitigation team that will meet daily to review campus and community data and in consultation with our campus COVID-19 Task Force, Putnam County Health Department, and Indiana Department of Health officials will determine any steps for changing operations. In addition, the mitigation team is positioned to enable quick responses to the issues that arise related to COVID-19 that require an immediate response. The mitigation team reports and makes recommendations directly to President White.
What happens when someone tests positive for COVID-19?
When an on-campus student tests positive, they enter into the university's isolation protocol on campus, and are engaged in our contact tracing process. When employees, commuters or remote students test positive, they are engaged in our contact tracing process and advised to isolate away from campus for a designated period of time.
Please Respect Individuals' Privacy
Anonymity for individuals who have tested positive remains paramount. Please respect their privacy — even if you believe you know who they are — so they can focus on their health. As a community, we must do everything we can to support these individuals and one another through this incredibly difficult time.
Know When to Self-isolate/Quarantine
If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19, please review and follow guidance from the CDC on whether you should self-isolate/quarantine. Email email@example.com if you have tested positive.
Contact DePauw Health if You Have Been Tested for COVID-19
Even if you do not usually get medical care at DePauw Health, please let us know if you are being tested or if you tested positive for COVID-19. This will help us assess the impact on our community. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call DePauw Health at 765-658-4555. If you learn about a community member who has tested positive, please encourage them to self-report in this way as well.
Take Preventative Measures
Every single one of us has the responsibility and the power to keep our community safe. Please continue to take these steps to keep yourself and those around you safe, especially those most vulnerable.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place; using the restroom; after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; and, before eating.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick or symptomatic.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol is effective to prevent transmission of the virus.
If you have a fever above 100.40F/380C, a cough, or experience shortness of breath:
- Contact your primary care provider or one of the following for a health assessment and please follow their instructions. DO NOT go directly to a medical facility.
- DePauw Health, 765-658-4555
- Putnam County Health Department, 765-301-7660
- Indiana State Department of Health, 800-382-9480
Take Care of Your Mental Health
Your mental health is just as important as your physical health in this time of uncertainty. Review Counseling Services resources and information (for students) or DePauw’s Employee Assistance Program to speak with a mental health professional.
HISTORICAL COMMUNITY COVID-19 DATA
Student testing results for Return to Campus
- 919 Tests
- 11 results (Percent Positive - 1.20%)
As part of our health and safety guidelines regulating the return to campus, students in residency or attending classes on campus are required to participate in DePauw’s COVID-19 testing protocol of two tests within a seven day period.
Students whose first test result indicates they tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 may not come to campus without express permission. These individuals will have specific instructions sent to them by Student Academic Life regarding a delayed move-in or details regarding their commuting plan. These students are still able to begin their courses remotely. For more information regarding daily symptom screening, student testing, isolation and quarantine visit our Question Guide to Fall 2020.
Community Positives: March - August 2020
Positive tests of COVID-19 within the DePauw community have been infrequent. Between our March depopulation and student return on August 24th, four (4) on-campus members of the DePauw community (faculty, staff, students) tested positive for COVID-19. During this time period, an additional twenty (20) off-campus members of the community tested positive for COVID-19.
As virus transmission and testing increased worldwide, we updated this page with the number of known positive test cases among the DePauw community on and off campus prior to student return for fall 2020. Numbers included people tested by DePauw Health and those who were tested elsewhere and self-reported to DePauw Health, including individuals who had left the Greencastle area during the 5 month period.