NYC COVID-19 Testing Data
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. 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.
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 February 20, 2021, Supplemental Guidance from New York State (PDF) on the infection rate thresholds for the suspension of in-person learning. The guidance directs campus locations to transition to remote learning when the greater of 100 people or 5% of the on-campus population test positive using a 14-day rolling average, if the campus locations regularly test at least 25% of their on-campus population.
Description of the NYU COVID-19 Testing Data
The three rows of data represent:
- Top: a rolling 14-day period of NYU administered COVID-19 tests and findings,
- Middle: positive cases from both NYU and non-NYU administered tests by NYS-designated NYU locations during a given NYS-designated 14-day testing period (in line with NYS guidelines) and cumulative period since August 1, 2020, and
- Bottom: cumulative data about NYU-administered COVID-19 tests and findings since August 1, 2020.
The bar graph is a visual representation of the data.
- NYU-Administered Tests refers to tests administered to NYU employees and students through NYU's testing provider at all of NYU's state-designated campus locations. It does not include NYU School of Medicine / NYU Langone Health students or employees, nor does it include independently obtained and submitted tests.
- Positive Cases from NYU-Administered Tests means the total number of positive cases identified among NYU employees and students through NYU’s testing providers among students and employees at NYU's state-designated campus locations. It excludes positive cases among NYU School of Medicine / NYU Langone Health students or employees.
- The Percent Positive is developed by dividing the number of positive cases determined through NYU's testing providers by the number of tests administered by those testing providers. It does not incorporate positive tests submitted from independent testing.
- Rolling averages are used to account for fluctuations that may occur in the data, such as fewer cases being reported from days in which NYU-administered testing locations are closed. These rolling averages are determined by dividing the total of the previous 7 (or 14) days of cases identified from NYU-administered testing by the total number of NYU-administered tests in the previous 7 (or 14) days.
- Total Positive Cases from NYU and non-NYU Administered Tests includes those positive cases identified through NYU-administered testing as well as cases from independently obtained testing that are self-reported to the COVID-19 Prevention & Response Team.
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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.