This semester, Wagner College has continued the robust coronavirus testing program it began during the fall 2020 semester, reporting its results to the public each day on its website.
So far, the campus community has shown a very low rate of Covid positivity.
This semester, the college has tested all residential students twice a week, while commuter students, faculty and staff (except those working or studying completely off-campus) have been tested once a week.
Wagner’s testing program is being administered in collaboration with the Broad Institute, a research organization of Harvard University and MIT, supplemented by the Abbott quick antigen test. (This Wall Street Journal article from last October describes the Broad testing program.) The current turnaround time for tests submitted to the Broad Institute is generally 24 to 48 hours, and occasionally up to 72 hours; results from the Abbott test are processed same-day on campus.
Among the relevant information Wagner College is reporting each day:
During the spring semester, from Feb. 15 through March 16, Wagner College has administered a total of 6,788 PCR tests, of which 14 have shown positive results, or 0.21%.
The rate for the past week, from March 10 through March 16, however, is much lower. We administered 1,541 PCR tests on campus during that period with only 1 positive result, or 0.06%.
In the surrounding communities on Staten Island, there were 27,848 tests conducted from March 10 through March 15, with 1,310 positive results, or 4.70%.
Isolation and quarantine
The college has designated Guild Hall as housing for students who need to isolate (who have tested positive for the Covid-19 virus, symptomatic or not) or are under quarantine (who have been exposed, on or off campus, to an individual who has tested positive) but cannot do so off-campus.
Of the 45 beds available, only 1 is in use by a student under quarantine as this is being written on March 16, and none are in isolation.
Off campus, 8 students are currently under quarantine and 5 are in isolation, while 5 employees are under quarantine and 1 is in isolation.
The college has 738 students living on campus during the spring 2021 semester, up from 620 during the fall 2020 semester.
The college’s Covid-19 reporting dashboard has been rated A++ by We Rate Covid Dashboards, a website created by a group of medical, epidemiology, public health policy and data analytics experts at Yale, Harvard, Baylor and Ohio State universities.
Only four universities in the country have achieved this highest rating. In addition to Wagner College, the others are Amherst College, Johns Hopkins University and East Carolina University.