ISU introduces COVID-19 dashboard; 27 students, four employees have virus

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — According to an online dashboard introduced today by Indiana State University, 27 students and four school employees currently have COVID-19. Another 70 students and 16 employees are quarantining.

Five students with confirmed cases the virus are isolating on campus, while 22 are isolating elsewhere. Twenty-one students who have been in “close contact” (as defined by health-care officials) with someone with COVID-19 are quarantining on campus, with the remaining 49 in quarantine in other locations.

ISU introduced the dashboard to “provide a transparent measure of how the virus is impacting our campus community,” ISU President Deborah J. Curtis said. “It is important to share with our students, faculty, and staff, who are working hard to make this community as safe as possible for an on-campus fall semester.”

The dashboard reports separate numbers for students and employees and will be updated by noon on weekdays, based on the previous day’s numbers at 11:59 p.m.

It is located at www.indstate.edu/covid/dashboard.

Curtis noted that Dr. Darren Brucken, Vigo County Health Commissioner, said in a meeting with ISU officials this week that he recommends against using a single metric to decide whether to continue with an on-campus semester. Multiple variables should play into changes in operations, Brucken said.

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