COVID cases remain low for second consecutive week


Elaina Sepede

Students stand socially distant for their COVID-19 tests April 12.

For the second week in a row, cases of COVID-19 among students remained lower than they have since mid-March, with 44 positive cases detected.

Last week, only 33 students tested positive for the virus, continuing the downward trend seen since UVM reached an all-time high in reported cases the first week of March when 94 students tested positive in just one week. 

Between April 19 and April 25, UVM reported a total of 24 off-campus cases and 20 on-campus cases, out of 16,719 test results received. There were no new positive cases among faculty and staff.

According to UVM’s weekly testing report, 29.5% of new cases last week came from students who were already in quarantine — an increase from last week’s 9.1%.

Chittenden County continues to report the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Vermont, with 363 new cases over the last 14 days, according to the Vermont Department of Health.

In addition to the weekly test results, UVM updated students on vaccines Monday.

“Beginning April 29, all UVM students can schedule a vaccine appointment,” UVM official Ryan Pavek stated in an email to students.

In-state students and out-of-state students that intend to stay in Vermont for the summer became eligible for the vaccine April 19. 

All other students will be eligible April 30, according to a March 31 press release from the governor’s office.