High Alert (Orange)

Limited activities occur on campus

This dashboard shows results for ongoing COVID-19 surveillance testing of all Danforth Campus undergraduate students, as well as entry testing of all Danforth Campus students at the start of the fall semester and results (diagnostic, entry and surveillance combined) for students, faculty and staff beginning August 1, 2020. The active and total cases reflect information from multiple sources including university testing, Department of Health reports, and self-reporting of results from outside testing agencies.

Data will be updated every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

For regional data, visit the St. Louis County COVID-19 dashboard.

Surveillance testing (ongoing)

In addition to ongoing surveillance testing of undergraduate students, who are being tested every two weeks, we also will provide testing for all Washington University students, faculty and staff who develop COVID-19-related symptoms at any time during the semester. Learn more on our COVID-19 testing information page.

Positive Clusters & the Risk of Gatherings

There have been a number of instances of “clusters” of positive cases involving specific student gatherings. Those numbers are represented in the dashboard data and explained in the table below. Note that the number of positive cases and quarantined students will be updated as the investigations of these events evolve.

Event dateCause of clusterNumber of positive
Number of students
needing to isolate or
January 28Off-campus gathering1229
February 4-6Five separate off-campus gatherings involving many of the same students, unmasked, in groups of 10-151958
February 12-19Multiple gatherings involving many of the same students, unmasked, in groups of 4-104448
March 6Unmasked gathering of at least 5 students714
March 6Unmasked gathering of 10-15 students511

These cases were identified through both diagnostic and surveillance testing. We will continue to notify all close contacts of these students and any new cases through our contact tracing program.

We continue to remind our students of the importance of avoiding parties, gatherings or any situations where people not in the same household are unmasked and/or not practicing physical distancing. COVID-19 is highly contagious and our ability to allow on-campus, in-person activities is dependent on the behavior of members of our community. It is critical that everyone follows our public health requirements at all times.

We know this is difficult, but we need to keep doing what is necessary to protect the health and safety of our community. We appreciate everyone’s support and hard work.