The UHS has identified 62 active cases of flu-like illness. Active cases are defined as cases identified within the past 72 hours, Aronson said.
She explained that it would be difficult to have an accurate count of the number of cases, but she added that the University has seen less flu-like activity than peer schools.
“Of course, there’s no way to tell definitively the exact number of current cases, because some people may not identify themselves to UHS,” Aronson said.
On Sept. 17, the total number of on-campus cases of flu-like illness since Aug. 30 stood at 34. By Sept. 24, the total number of cases had jumped to 80, and on Oct. 5, the total number of cases rose to 260.
The H1N1 vaccine
At the CPUC meeting last week, Kolligian said that small quantities of H1N1 vaccine are scheduled to arrive on campus within the next few weeks.
Aronson said Thursday that the University is still awaiting final information from the state and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding the schedule for H1N1 vaccine distribution.
On Tuesday, Rutgers health officials said their school had not received the 40,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine it had requested, adding that they had not been informed of when the vaccine would arrive. The federal government made the vaccine available to the public early last week.
The situation at McCosh
Three students with flu-like symptoms have been identified as high-risk and are currently occupying three of the 15 available inpatient beds in the McCosh Health Center, Aronson said.
Visitors to McCosh will find boxes of facemasks and flu kits for students who have flu-like symptoms in the entry. Additionally, signs are plastered on doors leading to the second floor that say “No visitors” in large colorful font. Inside, a few nurses and patients can be seen wearing masks.
It is routine for McCosh to enforce a no-visitors policy for various reasons, including the contagious nature of an illness of a patient on the second floor, Aronson said.
“Most students with flu-like illness are following the University’s guidelines by self-isolating in their dorm rooms or at home until they are no longer contagious,” she said, adding that beds in McCosh are available for serious cases of flu or for students who are at high risk for complications.
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