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Isolation housing nears capacity, case numbers decrease following return from Thanksgiving break

<h5>Students testing positive for COVID-19 have been isolating in 1967 Hall.</h5>
<h6><a href="https://hres.princeton.edu/undergraduate-housing/explore/1967-hall" target="_self">Housing and Real Estate Services</a></h6>
Students testing positive for COVID-19 have been isolating in 1967 Hall.
Housing and Real Estate Services

During the week of Nov. 27–Dec. 3, isolation housing on campus for COVID-19 reached its peak at 98.3 percent during the week. This number included 86 undergraduates and 15 graduate students. As is reflected on the dashboard, this total reflects students isolating both on and off-campus. 

For that week, the COVID-19 Dashboard reported 84 total positive test results, 71 from the asymptomatic testing program and 13 positive symptomatic tests.

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According to Deputy University Spokesperson Michael Hotchkiss, “the number of students in isolation housing has declined since then.”

Hotchkiss also added that the designation on the dashboard is “based on 60 spaces for isolation using single bedrooms only” and that in the event that it was needed, there is backup capacity for students in isolation.

In an email obtained by The Daily Princetonian, a student in isolation housing was told, “Due to the volume of students currently requiring isolation, you may be receiving a roommate before your isolation period ends.”

The email added, “Be aware that all students currently isolating at 1967 Hall are confirmed positive cases. Please try to keep interaction to a minimum during your isolation. Do not go into the other student’s room, and make sure to wash your hands before and after utilizing the shared spaces. We strongly encourage you to remain in your bedroom, not in the common room.”

This comes after an uptick in COVID-19 cases prior to and upon returning from Thanksgiving break, as well as a number of University policy changes aimed at mitigating the spread of the virus on campus. Since a peak of 28 positive tests across undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and staff on Nov. 30, when the seven-day average was 12.29 cases per day, cases have steadily declined. The seven-day average as of Dec. 6 is 8.86 cases per day.

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Katherine Dailey is an assistant news editor who often covers University affairs and breaking news. She can be reached at kdailey@princeton.edu or on Twitter at @kmdailey7.

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