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Notre Dame Reports A Full Week Of No New COVID-19 Cases

The University of Notre Dame
Jennifer Weingart
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After beginning the year with a spike in coronavirus cases, the University of Notre Dame is now reporting a 7-day positivity rate of 0 percent.

The university’s COVID-19 dashboard shows that so far, the school hasn’t reported a single new COVID case since May 8.

 

That’s compared to back in February, when the university was averaging around 35 cases per day, and at one point accounted for about half of all new cases in the entire county.

 

Cases have fallen sharply since the university began offering the Pfizer vaccine to students on April 8.

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The University of Notre Dame's COVID-19 dashboard from April 8 to May 16.

St. Joseph County Deputy Health Officer Dr. Mark Fox said he hopes the decrease in campus cases will encourage vaccination in the wider community.

“To see that prompt and dramatic of a drop in cases really ought to inspire confidence in anyone who’s in that ‘wait-and-see’ category,” Fox said.

 

The university finished its second-dose clinic on May 6, and university officials estimate 90 percent of the student body will be fully protected by May 20th.

 

The university is currently requiring students who plan to enroll for the fall semester to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

 

Contact Gemma atgdicarlo@wvpe.orgor follow her on Twitter at@gemma_dicarlo.

 

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Gemma DiCarlo comes to Indiana by way of Athens, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2020 with a degree in Journalism and certificates in New Media and Sustainability. She has radio experience from her time as associate producer of Athens News Matters, the flagship public affairs program at WUGA-FM.
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