COVID-19 Positive Cases Among Baylor University Community Members
Baylor University maintains this dashboard to inform the Baylor Family about the daily number of positive COVID-19 test results reported among members of the University community. The dashboard – which will be updated daily by 3 p.m. CT – includes data on:
- Students who reside on-campus,
- Students who reside off-campus and are coming to the Baylor campus,
- Faculty and staff who are teaching, working or conducting research on campus, and
- Contractors: An individual contractor, or a person working for a company engaged by the University to perform specific tasks or functions, such as dining services, mailroom activities, facility management and maintenance/repairs on campus.
ABOUT THE DASHBOARD
- The dashboard includes the number of currently active cases; the cumulative number of positive cases since Aug. 1, 2020 and the number of new cases and positivity rate (percentage of people tested who are positive) over the last seven days.
- Information for the dashboard is compiled from various data sources across campus:
- Baylor Health Services testing (student population, including student-athletes),
- Third-party testing kits sent to all students, faculty and staff before the start of the fall semester,
- Self-reported positive test results from faculty/staff to Human Resources, and
- Self-reported cases from contractor partners.
- Because of privacy and confidentiality laws (FERPA, HIPAA) regarding the disclosure of personally identifiable information about individuals who have tested positive, it is possible that some cases could be counted twice. However, the dashboard data is estimated at 90%-95% accurate.
- Dashboard counts are updated as test results become available. Positive cases are allocated to the date of the test and may take up to three days to appear on the Dashboard.
- Data includes Baylor’s Louise Herrington School of Nursing located in Dallas.
- While positive results received from the fall pre-semester testing are reflected on the Baylor Dashboard, those results will be counted by public health authorities in home county and state systems. Therefore, not all Baylor pre-semester testing is allocated to McLennan County.
- Surveillance positivity – The percentage of people tested for COVID-19 through Baylor’s surveillance testing program who have a positive test result. This is an accurate indicator of prevalence rates in the Baylor population. Surveillance testing is conducted through random, periodic testing of a percentage of the Baylor population. Surveillance testing is not tied to symptoms or exposure to a COVID-19-positive case.
- Total positivity –The percentage of people tested for COVID-19 who have a positive test result. Reasons for testing include symptoms, exposure to a known COVID-19-positive person, or surveillance.
- The Baylor community of students, faculty and staff is approximately 22,700 individuals.
TEXAS AND WACO/MCLENNAN COUNTY DASHBOARDS