KALAMAZOO, MI — Western Michigan University’s Sindecuse Health Center reported 66 new coronavirus cases to its COVID-19 Dashboard Friday, Oct. 2.
The cases were found from Sept. 28-30, as Sindecuse health center has been reporting data Tuesday and Friday evenings each week. Sindecuse reported 50 positive cases on Tuesday, Sept. 29., stemming from the results of WMU community members that were tested on Sept. 24-25.
The new coronavirus data reported Friday brings WMU’s total to 504 since students returned in mid-August.
Montgomery told WMU community members in an email on Sept. 21 that the increase in cases was expected as a result of the return to campus as well as Labor Day weekend.
“The majority of the positive cases seem to be stemming from off-campus living situations and off-campus social gatherings,” Montgomery said in the email.
While the number of new cases has trended down in recent weeks, so has the number of tests being administered, right after the measure saw a small increase earlier in the month of September.
As of Sept. 30, the percentage of tested individuals testing positive is 15.9% on a 7-day average, below the 20% mark the measure hovered near throughout September.
The 7-day average number of tests conducted at WMU fell drastically in early September following the university’s five-day testing event at the Student Recreation Center on its main campus, which ran from Aug. 27 through Aug. 31. At that event, 1,128 people were tested.
Days after the event, Sindecuse was averaging 235 tests per week. That figure has not risen above 192.8 since, and the 7-day average of tests conducted has stayed under 150 tests for a large part of September. On average, there were 148 individuals tested daily in the 7-day period ending on Sept. 30.