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COVID-19 Testing Dashboard

It is important to note that no single number or metric is robust enough to adequately describe the trajectory of the pandemic.

This dashboard shares results from the COVID-19 testing IU has implemented to help keep our students, faculty, and staff safe by monitoring the spread of the virus on our campuses. It will be updated every Wednesday.

While positive cases are inevitable, it is this testing data, combined with analysis from our team of medical experts and taking appropriate actions to mitigate the spread, that will allow us to evaluate health and safety as a whole and adjust our strategy accordingly to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

National and state data

Testing is an essential piece of IU's COVID-19 prevention, mitigation, and response plans, but it is just one piece. Watch this video to see Dr. Cole Beeler, one of the medical experts leading IU's response to the pandemic, explain more about what we're doing.

Dr. Beeler Explains IU COVID-19 Testing Data transcript

[VIDEO: Dr. Cole Beeler appears on screen in his office.]

[BEELER: Greetings, all. I'm Cole Beeler, part of the Medical Response Team for Indiana University. Our group of doctors is responsible for providing expert guidance for the shifting tides of the COVID-19 pandemic.

BEELER: Our chief philosophy is that all decisions related to how education is delivered should be guided by sound data that highlights the stressors that the virus can put on our community.

BEELER: Instead of using one metric as an on/off switch for guiding decisions about transitions to and from completely virtual education, all decisions will be viewed through a lens of a composite of metrics that attempt to understand the internal burden of disease, the external burden in the surrounding communities, our efficacy of local control and the availability of local resources to keep our constituents safe.

BEELER: Our list of metrics to inform us about the state of health at each of our campuses is reviewed regularly to assure we implement solutions as fast as possible to help limit the spread.

BEELER: In this dashboard, you'll find results from our mitigation testing of asymptomatic patients that we use to understand the silent spread of the virus in our populations. Early identification leaders to early isolation and protection of healthy individuals.

BEELER: You'll find how much we are testing, as well as our weekly positivity rates throughout the year. You'll find the same information for sick people pursuing care with our medical professionals at IU Health, but since they're sick, you're going to see a bit of a higher rate here.

BEELER: On review of the data, keep in mind that there are multiple factors that contribute to a successful semester. Each metric that we are following gives us a different view of the bigger picture, namely the overall safety from widespread, unmitigated disease and morbidity.

BEELER: As trends develop, interventions are made in real time by our outbreak mitigation team to counter shifts in viral epidemiology. This check and balance system aims to keep us afloat as other areas are drowning.

BEELER: But we need your help. The data is just a marker of the decisions we make together. Being mindful of the data when making decisions about how much you interact with others and what types of activities you choose to partake in will help us course correct at early signs of spread.

BEELER: We vastly appreciate your partnership as we navigate this semester together. Even though there will be infections, the entirety of the school's infrastructure will be committed to making evidence-based decisions on how to stomp out the virus before it becomes widespread. Thanks for your time and partnership. ]

[VIDEO: The screen fades to black with the words "Indiana University" and "" in white, as well as a white trident in a red square.]

Mitigation testing

IU is conducting ongoing COVID-19 mitigation testing of all students, faculty, and staff who will be on campus during the fall semester. Because our entire IU community is included in the selection process, these saliva tests enable us to identify and isolate positive cases who are asymptomatic (those who have no symptoms but are still infectious), which also helps us maintain an ongoing picture of how the virus is spreading. Our mitigation testing results are a combination of a representative sample of the IU population, plus additional testing aimed at identifying positive cases among high-risk populations. Mitigation testing began August 24 and will continue through the semester.

Weekly trends

This chart shows the number of mitigation tests administered among students, faculty, and staff each week and the percentage of test results that were positive, along with a 7-day moving average.

Note: IU did not conduct mitigation testing the weeks of Nov. 15, Nov. 22, Dec. 20, and Dec. 27.

Weekly trends
Week number Total tested Total positive Percent positive of IU Health performed

Mitigation testing is taking place from August 24 throughout the semester

    Symptomatic testing

    Symptomatic testing refers to diagnostic tests ordered for students, faculty, and staff who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19. These individuals are being tested because they are already suspected to be infected, so the percentage testing positive will be much higher for symptomatic testing than it would be if all types of test results were reflected. Symptomatic tests are ordered and administered by a health professional, and this data is provided to IU by the IU Health network.

    The 7-day positivity rate in the state of Indiana as of January 5 is 27.6% for unique individuals. This includes both symptomatic and asymptomatic tests so it is not a direct comparison to our average symptomatic-only rate. View more details on the state dashboard.

    Weekly trends

    This chart shows the number of diagnostic tests ordered (for symptomatic cases) each week and the percentage of test results that were positive, in a 7-day moving average.

    Weekly trends
    Week number Total tested Total positive Percent positive of IU Health performed

    Symptomatic testing is taking place from August 1 throughout the semester

      Arrival testing

      All students at IU Bloomington (on- and off-campus residents, including all members of Greek organizations) and all students living in on-campus housing at IU's other residential campuses (IUPUI, IU Southeast, and IU South Bend) were required to be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to their campuses.

      Positivity rate as of these on-arrival test results showed around a 1 percent positive rate -- a prevalence in line with the university’s expectations and also with two statewide studies, led by IUPUI and the Indiana State Department of Health, that have been performed in Indiana. To see data for a specific campus, select it from the drop-down menu.

      As students have tested positive, they have either returned home with their families to isolate, are isolating off-campus, or have been isolated in housing reserved for that purpose; their close contacts are in quarantine.

      Arrival testing took place August 9-23

      IU’s COVID-19 Medical Response Team of experts was established to inform the university’s efforts to keep our campuses safe during the pandemic. Led by top doctors at the IU School of Medicine, the team meets daily to continually assess how the virus is spreading, the effectiveness of our efforts at controlling it, and allocation of resources. They use their medical expertise and a variety of ongoing metrics to shape decisions regarding campus operations in a way that prioritizes health and safety.

      • Dr. Cole Beeler
        • Director of Symptomatic Testing
        • Assistant professor of infectious diseases, IU School of Medicine
        • Medical director of infection prevention, IU Health University Hospital
      • Dr. Aaron Carroll
        • Director of Mitigation Testing
        • Associate dean for research mentoring, professor of pediatrics, and vice chair for health outcomes research faculty development, IU School of Medicine
      • Dr. Lana Dbeibo
        • Director of Vaccination
        • Assistant professor of infectiouse diseases, IU School of Medicine
        • Medical director of infection prevention, IU Health Methodist Hospital
      • Dr. Adrian Gardner
        • Director of Contact Tracing
        • Associate dean for global health, IU School of Medicine
        • Director, IU Center for Global Health