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The figures below provide the complete results of the SARS-CoV-2 testing performed as part of the university’s strategic testing program. The strategic testing program began in May 2020 and targets groups for testing based on risk assessment criteria. Please view the targeted criteria on our strategic testing program webpage. Rutgers is a multifaceted organization whose employees and students provide active and essential services on campus as well as on location with partner organizations (such as hospitals). This data includes results of tests performed by the university for our community members. This data does not include results for tests performed externally. If you have questions about this information please contact covid19@rutgers.edu. Guidance and data for the State of New Jersey can be found by visiting the New Jersey COVID-19 Dashboard. Testing data is updated by the end of the day each Wednesday. Please note: historic data may be updated as additional results are reported or reconciled.

 

Total Proportion Positivity

This table demonstrates the proportions of positive and negative results for all tests performed as part of the university’s strategic testing program since the start of the program in May 2020.

 

Weekly Data

This table offers results of the SARS-CoV-2 testing performed as part of the university’s strategic testing program by week. Individuals who receive inconclusive test results are retested. The retest results are then included within the data report for the subsequent weeks.

Results may be filtered by person type and location. Person type is determined by the individual’s primary relationship with the university. Affiliates may include individuals who don’t fall into the primary student or employee roles such as visiting faculty or volunteers. Location is determined by the individual’s reported location on file with the university. Off-Site locations include off-campus and partner facilities. Results are only reported once for each person type or location per individual.

 

SARS-CoV-2 Variant Testing

In February 2021 Rutgers began testing a number of the positive SARS-CoV-2 samples submitted via the Rutgers Testing Program to identify variants of the virus. The table below presents the aggregate data of variants identified by the week in which the sample was provided. This data is also represented in the State of New Jersey’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

Timeline
Please note, the process to test the sample, identify a positive case, subsequently test the positive sample for variation, and then present it on the dashboard requires a minimum of two weeks.

Purpose and Interpretation

There is still much we do not know about COVID variants, such as whether they cause more severe illness.  However, some do seem to spread more easily and therefore we strongly encourage strict compliance with isolation, physical distancing, mask use and hand hygiene.  Additionally, early research suggests that currently authorized vaccinations are effective against these variants.  More studies on this topic are being done.

The purpose of Rutgers’ testing for variants is to guide our overall infection control, testing, and vaccination efforts, similarly to how the state and CDC use it to guide public health measures.  Results are not used to make individual clinical decisions or change isolation time for employees or students infected with those variants, nor will it impact contact tracing and quarantine of their close contacts.

Given variant testing needs to be done in large batches and results typically come in 2 weeks after employees and students are notified of their positive test results, in most cases you will not be notified of the type of variant you have as it will not affect the management and treatment of your infection.  If the CDC or NJ Department of Health recommend notifying patients of the type of variant as it will change clinical decision making, and results are received quickly (simultaneously with the positive test), employees and students will be informed by Occupational Health and Student Health accordingly.

 

Weekly Proportion Positivity

This graph displays the weekly trend of the proportions of the university’s strategic testing program that have indicated positive results.