Summer 2021 Dashboard

(last updated August 20, 2021)

The following metrics are updated weekly and 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 spring 2021 dashboard is available here. The fall 2020 dashboard is available here.


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 a percentage of 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.

At-will testing
A limited number of “at-will” COVID-19 testing appointments are available on a first-come, first served basis for VCU students and employees as long as they are asymptomatic, have not been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and do not already have a scheduled test as part of the asymptomatic surveillance testing process. At-will testing is voluntary and is offered at no cost.

% 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: 8
  • Active employee cases of COVID-19: 7
  • As reported to Student Health Services and Employee Health. See reporting requirements below.

Symptomatic testing

  • Positive: 33
  • Negative: 144
  • Total: 177
  • % Positive: 19%

Asymptomatic surveillance testing

  • Positive tests: 1
  • Negative tests: 202
  • Total: 203
  • % Positive: 0.5%

Entry/exit testing

Entry tests

  • Positive tests: 0
  • Negative tests: 204
  • Total: 204
  • % Positive: 0%

Exit tests

  • Positive tests: 0
  • Negative tests: 18
  • Total: 18
  • % Positive: 0%

On-campus isolation and quarantine

  • Residential students currently in isolation on-campus: 1
  • Residential students currently in quarantine on-campus: 6
  • Total number of residential students: 5780

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 August 16 is 11.9%. Note, VDH does not track positivity rates by symptomatic and asymptomatic, which makes direct comparisons difficult.

Total cases

DateNew student casesNew employee cases
Week ending May 21 1 0
Week ending May 28 1 2
Week ending June 4 0 0
Week ending June 11 0 0
Week ending June 18 0 0
Week ending June 25 1 0
Week ending July 2 0 1
Week ending July 9 1 2
Week ending July 16 1 1
Week ending July 23 4 0
Week ending July 30 4 4
Week ending Aug 6 2 2
Week ending Aug 13 8 5
Week ending Aug 20 9 4
Total cases 32 21

Total tests

Test typeNegativePositiveTotal
Symptomatic 144 33 177
Surveillance 202 1 203
Entry 204 0 204
Exit 18 0 18
At-will 35 0 35
Total tests 603 34 637

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. The summer 2021 dashboard will be updated weekly.

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.