Fall 2021 Dashboard

(last updated December 20, 2021)

The following metrics are updated each Monday, based on the data reported to VCU Student Health Services and Employee Health. Learn more about testing and screening for COVID-19 at VCU. The summer 2021 dashboard is available here. The spring 2021 dashboard is available here. The fall 2020 dashboard is available hereThe fall 2021 dashboard will be updated through December 20, 2021. The spring 2022 dashboard will publish on January 24, 2022. 


Active cases
Active cases are the number of people who have tested positive and are in isolation either on-campus or off-campus. Any reduction in cases indicates individuals being cleared to return to work or class.

Isolation and quarantine
Isolation separates those who test positive from people who are not sick. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of those who may have been exposed to see if they become sick. Isolation and quarantine information presented below is specific to on-campus residential students. Off-campus students and employees may also be isolated or quarantined. Any reduction in cases indicates individuals being cleared to return to work or class.

Symptomatic testing
This is the number of tests conducted for those with symptoms of COVID-19. This number includes the number of tests conducted at VCU Health testing sites as well as those that are conducted outside of VCU and later self-reported.

Asymptomatic surveillance testing
VCU tests asymptomatic community members. VCU's Public Health Response Team monitors the asymptomatic positivity rate as an indicator of the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community. The asymptomatic surveillance testing pool does not include community members who are vaccinated and have reported their vaccination (students and employees) to the university.

Entry testing
Residential students are mailed test kits to conduct COVID-19 testing prior to move-in. VCU restricts move-in for students who test positive.

% positive
This is the percentage of total tests in each category.

Total cases
The total case number is the number of VCU community members who have been known to test positive for COVID-19 since the start of the semester. This table shows the changes in active cases over time.

Total tests
This table shows the number of tests in each test category. VCU continues to conduct symptomatic testing and asymptomatic surveillance testing. Entry testing is conducted for residential students prior to move-in.

Active cases

  • Active student cases of COVID-19: 33
  • Active employee cases of COVID-19: 15
  • As reported to Student Health Services and Employee Health. See reporting requirements below.

Symptomatic testing

  • Positive: 433
  • Negative: 1821
  • Total: 2254
  • % Positive: 19%

Asymptomatic surveillance testing

  • Positive tests: 125
  • Negative tests: 11,660
  • Total: 11,785
  • % Positive: 1.0%

Entry/exit testing

Entry tests

  • Positive tests: 1
  • Negative tests: 233
  • Total: 234
  • % Positive: .43%

On-campus isolation and quarantine

  • Residential students currently in isolation on-campus: 3
  • Residential students currently in quarantine on-campus: 1
  • Total number of residential students: 5,407

VCU's Public Health Response Team monitors the asymptomatic positivity rate as an indicator of the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community. This rate is monitored alongside the Richmond area's positivity rate as reported by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). Representatives of VDH work closely with VCU's Public Health Response Team to guide our decision-making process. The Richmond percent positivity seven-day moving average as of Dec. 16 is 10.5%. Note, VDH does not track positivity rates by symptomatic and asymptomatic, which makes direct comparisons difficult.

Total cases

DateNew student casesNew employee cases
August 37 8
September 140 30
October 127 19
November 59 12
Week ending Dec. 3 29 14
Week ending Dec.10 37 13
Week ending Dec.17 40 6
Total cases 469 102

Total tests

Test typeNegativePositiveTotal
Symptomatic 1821 433 2254
Surveillance 11,660 125 11,785
Entry 233 1 234
Total tests 13,714 559 14,273

About this dashboard

VCU's COVID-19 dashboard provides transparent details about the number of positive cases in our community and additional numbers related to testing, numbers of those in quarantine and in isolation. 

It is important to note that VCU will not widely communicate details about individual cases to the community or to media out of respect for the privacy of any COVID-19 patients. Several privacy laws apply to the communication of information about students, employees, and patients that could result in the unintentional disclosure of individual health information and status. For this reason, VCU will provide data on the dashboard in an aggregated format and does not provide information on particular groups or specific locations so as to avoid the inadvertent identification of individuals' health information and status.

Working with our partners in the Virginia Department of Health, our Student Health and Employee Health offices will work to notify individuals reported to them who may have been exposed to a confirmed COVID-19 so that they may monitor their own health symptoms and quarantine.