Coronavirus: Majority of UD students diagnosed with COVID-19 report mild symptoms

Majority of UD students diagnosed with COVID-19 report mild symptoms

DAYTON — The majority of University of Dayton students who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 have reported mild symptoms and only a few required hospitalization, a university spokesperson told News Center 7 Tuesday.

While the university was not able to release an exact breakdown of students who reported symptoms or were classified as asymptomatic, brief hospitalizations were necessary for only a few students, the spokesperson said.

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“We are seeing asymptomatic and symptomatic cases. We are very grateful the majority of students diagnosed have reported mild symptoms, and only a handful of students were hospitalized briefly,” the UD spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

The number of new and active cases has been on the decline over the last week, with the university reporting 274 active cases, according to the latest report released Sunday. That same report from Sunday showed only six new cases reported from Saturday.

Reports of cases on campus for Monday have not yet been released.

Of the 1,130 total cases since Aug. 10 when students started to return to campus, 856 students are now classified as recovered. UD remains in their “Level 4” campus status, which is separate from the State of Ohio county-by-county system.

The "Level 4″ is the second highest alert level for UD, meaning contact tracing cannot reliably identify all affected parties or spaces and contain the spread of the virus campuswide, according to the university.

Remote learning was implemented to start the year and was extended to Sept. 14. Plans for remote or in-person courses after Sept. 14 have not been released.