NYC COVID-19 Testing Data
For the fall 2020 semester, NYU has put in place an extensive testing program that involves 1) universal arrival testing for all those who would be on campus or interacting with NYU community members; 2) mandatory ongoing testing for students, faculty, and staff; and 3) clinical testing for students who develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who have been in close contact with an infected person.
As part of the ongoing testing program, students in residence halls are currently tested every week. Employees and non-resident students working in NYU facilities are required to be tested at least every two weeks. Results from ongoing tests are typically returned within 24–48 hours from the time dropped-off samples reach the lab.
Below is a day-by-day summary of the University's COVID-19 testing and findings. Data about New York City’s testing and findings may be found here, and New York State college data can be found here.
The middle of the three rows of data above the chart reflects positive cases in line with the August 28, 2020 Supplemental Guidance from New York State (PDF) on the resumption of classes by colleges and universities. That guidance sets a 14-day threshold—the lesser of 100 COVID-positive individuals or five percent of the population at any of a university’s NYS-designated locations (in NYU’s case, there are nine)—for transition to remote classes.
Description of the NYU COVID-19 Testing Data
Testing data reflects all COVID-19 tests submitted to NYU (NYC). All positive results are referred to the NYU COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team for contact tracing and to ensure that people with COVID-19 can safely isolate.
The three rows of data represent (top) a rolling 7-day period of COVID-19 tests and findings, (middle) positive cases by NYS-designated NYU locations during a given NYS-designated 14-day testing period (in line with NYS guidelines for evaluating colleges), and (bottom) cumulative data about COVID-19 tests and findings at NYU since August 1, 2020. The bar graph is a visual representation of the data.
- Total Tests Conducted means the number of tests administered through NYU's testing programs for students and employees at all of NYU's various New York City campus locations. It does not include NYU School of Medicine / NYU Langone Health students or employees. It does not include independently obtained and submitted tests.
- Positive Cases means the total number of positive cases from all of NYU's various New York City campus locations (excluding NYU School of Medicine / NYU Langone Health students or employees), whether they came from NYU's testing program or were submitted from independently obtained tests.
- The Percent Positive is developed by dividing the number of positive cases determined through NYU's testing by the number of tests administered by NYU. It does not include positive tests that were submitted from independent testing.
- Number of Positive Cases Across All Campus Locations includes those who have tested positive from any source, but excludes those who tested positive but are determined not to have been at a campus location for a 14-day period.
We recognize that COVID-19's effects have been disparate, and its impacts on poor communities and communities of color have been especially painful. In our response to the coronavius, NYU is committed to mitigating those impacts as well as ensuring no one in our community is ostracized, bullied, or mistreated due to ignorance about this disease.