(last updated December 18, 2020)

The following metrics are updated daily, Monday through Friday, and are based on the data reported to VCU Student Health Services and Employee Health. Learn more about COVID-19 testing and screening at VCU. This information is not updated on weekends or days the university is closed, including holidays and winter break. Results from weekends, holidays and breaks will be reported the next business day.


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 Monday through Thursday to gauge the proportion of people with COVID-19 in the VCU community. This was previously referred to as "asymptomatic prevalence testing." VCU's Public Health Response Team monitors the asymptomatic positivity rate as an indicator of the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community. The goal is to test 5% of residential students and 2% of non-residential students and employees on a monthly basis.

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 entry test results received prior to the start of fall classes and are not included in the active case totals.

% 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 classes. 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: 32
  • Active employee cases of COVID-19: 11
  • As reported to Student Health Services and Employee Health. See reporting requirements below.
Symptomatic testing
  • Positive: 515
  • Negative: 1538
  • Total: 2053
  • % Positive: 25.1%
Asymptomatic surveillance testing
  • Positive tests: 10
  • Negative tests: 4412
  • Total: 4422
  • % Positive: 0.23%*
Entry/exit testing


  • Positive tests: 19
  • Negative tests: 4572
  • Total: 4591
  • % Positive: 0.41%


  • Positive tests: 2
  • Negative tests: 1258
  • Total: 1260
  • % Positive: 0.16%
On-campus isolation and quarantine
  • Residential students currently in isolation on-campus: 0
  • Residential students currently in quarantine on-campus: 1
  • Total number of residential students: 1,081

*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. 14 is 7.4%. Note, VDH does not track positivity rates by symptomatic and asymptomatic, which makes direct comparisons difficult. VCU and VDH are working together to determine a comparable metric accounting for the differences in population size and other factors and continue to work in partnership to monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community.

Total cases

DateNew student cases of COVID-19New employee cases of COVID-19
Week ending Aug. 23 69 11
Week ending Aug. 30 82 1
Week ending Sept. 4 46 3
Week ending Sept. 11 20 7
Week ending Sept. 18 18 1
Week ending Sept. 25 11 3
Week ending Oct. 2 13 3
Week ending Oct. 9 21 1
Week ending Oct. 16 28 2
Week ending Oct. 23 12 5
Week ending Oct. 30* 13 4
Week ending Nov. 6 25 6
Week ending Nov. 13 22 7
Week ending Nov. 20 23 5
Week ending Nov. 25 12 5
Week ending Dec. 5 32 5
Week ending Dec. 11 26 8
Week ending Dec. 18 20 7
Week ending Dec. 25 3 7
Week ending Jan. 1 1 8
Total cases 497 99

*The total student case count increased by 21 on October 29 due to the discovery of a data reporting error. The total number of positive student cases was off by 21 over the course of 11 weeks. The total student case count as well as the weekly student case counts have been modified to reflect the correct number of positive cases. 

Total tests

Test typeNegativePositiveTotal
Symptomatic 1,632 551 2,183
Suveillance 4,775 14 4,789
Entry 4,572 19 4,591
Exit 1,258 2 1,260
At-will 139 1 140
Total tests 12,376 587 12,963

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 dashboard will be updated daily Monday through Friday and will be the most accurate way to track COVID-19 at VCU.

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 plans on providing 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 self-quarantine.