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COVID-19 at UT: 50 active cases, jump to 162 people in isolation/quarantine

The University of Tennessee began releasing regular updates on COVID-19 in the Knoxville campus community Aug. 18.

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Starting  Aug. 18, the University of Tennessee Knoxville began providing regular updates on data about COVID-19 cases among students and staff.

Students began returning to campus on Aug. 9 to prepare for a mix of online and in-person classes, which start on Aug. 19. 

For context, the university said those active cases include ongoing cases - not just those since move-in began on Aug. 9. 

With self-isolations, active self-isolations will be included broken down by date on the report, but that does not mean the self-isolation started on that date. It’s also important to note that self-isolations can happen for a number of reasons and vary in length depending on the person’s circumstances. The graph on the university's website on reasons for self-isolation is important context. 

Video updates from Chancellor Donde Plowman will be available once a week on the chancellor's website.

RELATED: UTK to provide regular COVID-19 updates 

Jan. 6

UT reported 50 active COVID-19 cases Wednesday, current through Tuesday night. The figure consists of 25 employees and 25 students. 

UT reported 6 new cases as of Tuesday night.

A total of 162 people are in quarantine or isolation, including 64 students off campus, 19 students on campus and 79 employees.

There have been 2,413 recoveries.

Classes resume for the spring Jan. 20.

Jan. 5

UT reported 44 active COVID-19 cases Tuesday, current through Monday night. The figure consists of 22 employees and 22 students. It's a jump of 8 from the day before.

UT reported 10 new cases as of Monday night.

A total of 146 people are in quarantine or isolation, including 59 students off campus, 19 students on campus and 68 employees.

That's a jump of 29 from the day before, including 13 more students off campus, 3 on campus and 13 more employees.

There have been 2,407 recoveries.

Classes have ended for the fall and will resume for the spring Jan. 20.

Jan. 4

UT reported 36 actives COVID-19 cases Monday, current through Sunday night. The figure consists of 20 employees and 16 students.

UT reported 4 new cases as of Sunday night. The day before there were 10 new cases in the UT population, according to the university.

A total of 117 people are in quarantine or isolation, including 46 students off campus, 16 students on campus and 55 employees.

There have been 2,406 recoveries.

Classes have ended for the fall and will resume for the spring Jan. 20.

Jan. 1

UT reported 42 active COVID-19 cases Friday, current through Thursday night. The figure consists of 21 students and 21 employees.

UT reported 4 new cases as of Thursday night.

A total of 121 people are in quarantine or isolation, including 40 students off campus, 22 students on campus and 59 employees.

There have been 2,384 recoveries.

Classes have ended for the fall and will resume for the spring Jan. 20.

Dec. 31

UT reported 44 total active COVID-19 cases Thursday, current through Wednesday night. The figure consists of 25 students and 19 employees.

UT reported 7 new cases as of Wednesday night.

A total of 117 people are in quarantine or isolation, including 39 students off campus, 22 students on campus and 56 employees.

There have been 2,373 recoveries.

Classes have ended for the fall and will resume for the spring Jan. 20.

Dec. 30

UT reported 44 total active COVID-19 cases Wednesday, reflecting information current through Tuesday night. The figure consists of 30 students and 14 employees.

UT reported 7 new cases as of Tuesday night.

A total of 109 people are in quarantine or isolation, including 44 students off campus, 18 students on campus and 47 employees.

There have been 2,363 recoveries.

Classes have ended for the fall and will resume for the spring Jan. 20.

Dec. 29

UT reported 40 total active COVID-19 cases Tuesday, reflecting information current through Monday night. The figure consisted of 25 students and 15 employees.

The university indicated 10 new cases as of Monday night.

A total of 95 people were in quarantine or isolation, including 43 students off campus, 11 students on campus and 41 employees.

There have been 2,360 recoveries.

Classes have ended for the fall and will resume for the spring Jan. 20.

Dec. 28

UT reported 35 total active COVID-19 cases Monday, reflecting information current through Sunday night. The figure included 28 students and 7 employees.

The university indicates no new cases Saturday or Sunday; the most recent new cases - 3 - were Friday.

A total of 71 people were in quarantine or isolation, including 34 students off campus, 11 students on campus and 26 employees.

The only recent cluster was tied to football team activities, as previously reported, that prompted UT to skip the Liberty Bowl.

There have been 2,355 recoveries.

UT didn't report figures last week.

Classes have ended for the fall and will resume for the spring Jan. 20.

Dec. 18

UT reported 63 total active COVID-19 cases Thursday, including 38 students and 25 staff. The data is current as of Wednesday night.

The university reported 6 new cases since Wednesday.

A total of 199 students and employees are in self-isolation. 124 of those live off-campus, 8 are on-campus and 67 are employees.

There have been 2,286 recoveries.

Dec. 17

UT reported 68 total active COVID-19 cases Thursday, including 40 students and 28 staff. The data is current as of Wednesday night.

The university reported 7 new cases since Wednesday.

A total of 209 students and employees are in self-isolation. 128 of those live off-campus, 11 are on-campus and 70 are employees.

There have been 2,272 recoveries.

Dec. 16

UT reported 72 total active COVID-19 cases Wednesday, including 44 students and 28 staff. The data is current as of Tuesday night.

The university reported 8 new cases since Tuesday.

A total of 222 students and employees are in self-isolation. 132 of those live off-campus, 11 are on-campus and 89 are employees.

There have been 2,261 recoveries.

Dec. 15

UT reported 70 total active COVID-19 cases Tuesday, including 44 students and 26 staff. The data is current as of Monday night.

The university reported 16 new cases since Monday.

A total of 217 students and employees are in self-isolation. 125 of those live off-campus, 12 are on-campus and 80 are employees.

There have been 2,243 recoveries.

Dec. 14

UT reported 63 total active COVID-19 cases Monday, including 41 students and 22 staff. The data is current as of Sunday night.

The university reported 16 new cases since Friday.

A total of 192 students and employees are in self-isolation. 106 of those live off-campus, 14 are on-campus and 72 are employees.

There have been 2,243 recoveries.

Dec. 11

UT reported 73 total active COVID-19 cases on Friday, including 46 students and 27 staff. The data is current as of Thursday night.

The university reported 11 new cases.

A total of 215 students and employees are in self-isolation. 103 of those live off-campus, 20 are on-campus students, and 92 are employees.

There have been 2,204 recoveries.

Dec. 10

UT reported 61 total active COVID-19 cases on Thursday, including 36 students and 25 staff. The data is current as of Wednesday night.

The university reported 6 new cases.

A total of 206 students and employees are in self-isolation. 97 of those live off-campus, 17 are on-campus students, and 92 are employees.

There have been 2,204 recoveries.

Dec. 9

UT on Wednesday reported 64 total active virus cases, including 36 students and 28 employees. The data is current as of Tuesday night.

The university reported 12 new cases Wednesday morning.

Currently 225 people are in isolation or quarantine, including 113 students off campus, 18 students on campus and 94 employees.

There have been 2,188 recoveries.

Dec. 8

UT on Tuesday reported 56 total active virus cases, including 30 students and 26 employees. The numbers are current as of Monday night.

The university reported 7 new cases Tuesday morning.

Currently 197 people are in isolation or quarantine, including 98 students living off campus, 13 students living on campus and 86 employees.

There have been 2,183 recoveries.

Dec. 7

UT on Monday reported 60 active virus cases, including 35 students and 25 employees. The data is current as of Sunday night.

The university reported 8 new cases. Active cases have begun to go down among students, who have gone home, but are creeping up among employees.

As of Monday morning, there were 185 people in isolation or quarantine, including 93 students off campus, 11 students on campus and 81 employees.

There have been 2,171 recoveries.

Dec. 4

UT on Friday reported 67 active virus cases, including 43 students and 24 employees. The data is current as of Thursday night.

The university reported 7 new cases.

As of Friday morning, there were 237 people in isolation or quarantine, including 112 students off campus, 45 students on campus and 80 employees.

Student totals are expected to drop off because they're now away for break and don't return until spring semester in January. Counts for employees, however, may tick up.

There have been 2,135 recoveries.

Dec. 3

UT on Thursday confirmed it had tied a cluster of cases to men's basketball team activities Nov. 20 at Pratt Pavilion on campus.

Coach Rick Barnes was among team personnel who tested positive. He experienced mild symptoms, according to the university, and has since recovered.

Also Thursday, UT said it had 76 active cases, including 54 students and 22 employees.

There were 19 new cases Thursday.

Right now there are 438 people in isolation or quarantine, including 241 students off campus, 94 students on campus and 103 employees.

There have been 2,133 recoveries.

Dec. 2

UT reported 72 active cases Wednesday morning, reflecting the latest information as of Tuesday night. The figure includes 53 students and 19 employees.

UT said there were 17 new cases as of Wednesday morning.

Classes ended last week. Students have now gone home until the start of spring semester Jan. 20.

Right now there are 504 people in isolation or quarantine, including 284 students off campus, 122 students on campus and 98 employees.

There have been 2,100 recoveries.

Dec. 1

UT reported 65 active cases Tuesday morning, reflecting the latest information as of Monday night. The figure covers 50 students and 15 employees.

Classes ended last week. Students have now gone home until the start of spring semester Jan. 20.

As of Tuesday, there were 9 new cases.

Right now there are 501 people in isolation or quarantine, including 283 students living off campus, 124 on campus and 94 employees. The student portion of the isolation-quarantine population has been shrinking.

There have been 2,089 recoveries.

Nov. 30

UT reported 80 active cases Monday morning, reflecting the latest information as of Sunday night. The figure covers 64 students and 16 employees.

As of Monday, there were 8 new cases. Friday and Saturday there were a total of 9 new cases.

Right now there are 538 people in isolation or quarantine, including 311 students living off campus, 131 on campus and 96 employees.

There have been 2,060 recoveries.

Classes ended last week. Spring semester begins Jan. 20.

Nov. 27

UT reported 75 active cases of COVID-19 on Friday, reflecting the latest information as of Thursday night. The figure includes 59 students and 16 employees.

UT said it recorded 3 new cases.

There are 601 people in self-isolation or quarantine, including 341 students off campus, 157 students on campus and 103 employees.

Recoveries remain at 2,041.

Nov. 26

UT reported 71 active cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, reflecting the latest information as of Wednesday night. The figure includes 55 students and 16 employees.

UT also says it recorded 12 new cases.

There are 590 people in self-isolation or quarantine, including 333 students off campus, 155 students on campus and 102 employees.

There have been 2,041 recoveries.

Nov. 25

UT reported 66 active cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, reflecting the latest information as of Tuesday night. The figure includes 54 students and 12 employees.

UT also says it recorded 8 new cases.

There are 610 people in self-isolation or quarantine, including 344 students off campus, 165 students on campus and 101 employees. The total is a reduction of 24 since the day before.

There have been 2,036 recoveries.

Classes are done for the fall semester. Spring semester begins Jan. 20.

Nov. 24

UT reported 63 active cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, reflecting the latest information as of Monday night.

The cases included 53 students and 10 employees, figures show.

There were 12 new cases as of Tuesday's report.

There are 634 people in isolation or quarantine, including 352 students off campus, 178 students on campus and 104 employees.

The rate has trended generally up over the past seven days.

2,027 students and staff total have recovered.

Tuesday was the last day of classes. Students will take finals at home.

The spring semester begins Jan. 20.

Nov. 23

UT reported 61 active cases of COVID-19 Monday, including 9 employees and 61 students. 

The university saw 23 new cases from Friday through Sunday.

The number of students and employees in quarantine or self-isolation hasn't been updated since Friday, which showed there were 578 students and employees in quarantine or self-isolation, including 326 off-campus students, 158 residential students, and 94 employees.

2,017 students and staff total have recovered.

Nov. 20

UT reported 86 active cases of COVID-19 Friday, including 73 students and 13 employees. 

COVID has now affected two of UT's most prominent leaders. Athletics Director Phillip Fulmer announced Friday he tested positive for the virus but was not currently experiencing symptoms, and Chancellor Donde Plowman announced Thursday she would quarantine for 14 days after coming in close contact with someone who had the virus. Plowman said she has tested negative for the virus.

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The university reported another 10 cases since Thursday.

The number of people in isolation and quarantine on campus continued to grow by 52 to 578, including 326 students off campus, 158 students on campus, and 94 employees.

There have been 1,965 recoveries, up by 16 from Thursday.

Nov. 19

UT reported 88 active cases Thursday, including 72 students and 16 employees. That data is current through Wednesday night.

The university reported 10 new cases since yesterday.

The number of people in isolation or self-quarantine grew by 36 to 526, including 293 students off-campus, 144 students on campus and 89 employees.

There have been 1,949 recoveries so far -- up by 17 from Wednesday.

Nov. 18

UT reported 79 active cases Wednesday, including 61 students and 18 employees. The data is current through Tuesday night.

Also, UT said Wednesday it had 4 new cases.

The number of people in isolation or self-quarantine is 490, including 276 students living off campus, 134 students on campus and 80 employees.

That's an increase of 45 from the day before. One hundred more people this week have had to isolate or go into quarantine.

There have been 1,932 recoveries.

Fall classes end Tuesday.

As the week winds down and students start to go home, the campus will accommodate students in quarantine or isolation, according to spokesman Owen Driskill.

"Our support team will continue to regularly check on students in isolation or quarantine and provide guidance to them," he said in a statement. "The university will provide isolation space for on-campus students who test positive and quarantine space for on-campus students who have symptoms or are close contacts. Food services will remain available for students in university-provided isolation or quarantine space."

Nov. 17

UT reported 90 active cases Tuesday, including 75 students and 15 employees. The data is current through Monday night.

The new numbers represent an overall increase of 14 from the day before.

Also, UT said Tuesday it had 13 new cases.

The number of people in isolation or self-quarantine is 445, including 246 students living off campus, 129 students living on campus and 70 employees. 

That's an increase of 55 from the day before.

There have been 1,921 recoveries.

Fall classes end Nov. 24

Nov. 16

UT reported 76 active cases Monday, including 64 students and 12 employees. The data is current through Sunday night.

The new numbers represent a drop from Friday, when UT reported 97 active cases.

UT also reported 11 new cases Monday.

The number of people in isolation or self-quarantine is 390, including 215 students off campus, 108 students on campus and 67 employees. That's a drop of 70 from Friday's update.

There have been 1,911 recoveries.

Fall classes end Nov. 24.

Nov. 13

UT reported 97 active cases Friday, including 90 students and 7 employees. The data is current through Thursday night.

The last time UT had that many active cases was Oct. 1. Total case counts fell below 90, sometimes dipping even into the upper 30s, throughout October but have begun to creep back up in November.

UT also reported 13 new cases Friday.

The number of people in isolation or self-quarantine is 460, including 254 students living off campus, 141 students on campus and 65 employees.

There have been 1,849 recoveries.

Fall classes end Nov. 24.

Nov. 12

UT reported 89 active cases Thursday, including 82 students and 7 employees. The data is current through Wednesday night.

UT also reported 9 new cases Thursday.

The number of people in isolation or self-quarantine is 446, including 250 students off campus, 134 students on campus and 62 employees.

There have been 1,838 recoveries

Nov. 11

UT reported 87 active cases Wednesday, including 80 students and 7 employees. The data is current through Tuesday night.

The new active case number is an increase of 5 from the day before.

UT also reported 7 new cases Wednesday.

The number of people in isolation or self-quarantine has been rising this week.

Current numbers show there are 441 people in isolation or quarantine, including 245 students living off campus, 135 students on campus and 61 employees.

The number is an increase of 51 from the day before. More than 100 people have had to go in isolation or quarantine this week, figures show. Many are students who live off campus.

There have been 1,828 recoveries.

Nov. 10

UT reported 82 active cases Tuesday, including 77 students and 5 employees. The data is current through Monday night.

Day over day, the number represents an increase of 9. UT also reported 10 new cases Tuesday morning. As cases pass the isolation period, they come off the active list, a daily occurrence.

After spiking sharply in September, UT's active cases have stayed mostly in the 60s and 70s. The highest case count in about six weeks has been 90 on Oct. 1, figures show.

Currently, there are 390 people in isolation or self-quarantine, including 217 students off campus, 121 students on campus and 52 employees. That's an increase of 58 from the day before.

There have been 1,821 recoveries.

On Monday, UT reported an off-campus cluster of cases tied to what a spokesman described as a "small, off-campus gathering" Halloween.

Nov. 9

UT reported 73 active cases Monday, including 68 students and 5 employees. The data is current through Sunday night.

UT reported 9 new cases Monday morning.  It also saw 23 new cases over the weekend.

Currently, there are 332 cases in isolation or self-quarantine, including 191 students off campus, 109 students on campus and 52 employees.

There have been 1,816 recoveries.

Also, UT reported an off-campus cluster of cases tied to what a spokesman described as a "small, off-campus gathering." 

The outbreak has been linked to an Oct. 31 gathering in the 1700 block of Lake Avenue, according to the university. It was identified Nov. 6.

According to UT spokesman Owen Driskill, the cluster amounts to 5 cases as well as 4 close contacts.

Efforts to find everyone who went to the event and their movements following it are now complete thanks to cooperation among students who were there, Driskill said.

"The students’ willingness to do the right thing was critical for us to get in front of this situation," Driskill said in a note to WBIR.

Nov. 5

UT reported 65 active cases Thursday, including 58 students and 7 employees. The data is current through Wednesday night.

UT reported 8 new cases.

Currently, there are 345 cases in isolation or self-quarantine, including 175 students off campus, 116 students on campus and 54 employees.

There have been 1,770 recoveries.

Nov. 4

UT reported 58 active cases Wednesday, including 53 students and 5 employees. The data is current through Tuesday night.

UT reported 6 new cases.

Currently, there are 328 people in isolation or self-quarantine, including 159 students off campus, 114 students on campus and 55 employees.

There have been 1,762 recoveries.

Nov. 3

UT reported 60 active cases Tuesday, including 55 students and 5 employees. The data is current as through Monday night.

UT reported 5 new cases since the weekend. 

Currently, there are 309 people in isolation or quarantine, including 150 students off campus, 124 students on campus and 35 employees.

There have been 1,750 recoveries.

Nov. 2

UT reported Monday 68 active cases, including 57 students and 11 employees. The data is current through Sunday night.

The university reported 1 new case as of Sunday night. The day before it reported 5 new cases.

Currently, there are 292 people in isolation or quarantine, including 149 students off campus, 104 students on campus and 39 employees.

There have been 1,739 recoveries.

Oct. 30, 2020

UT reported Friday a total of 72 active cases, including 61 students and 11 employees. The data is current through Thursday night.

The university reported 10 news cases Friday morning. This week there have been at least 45 new cases.

Currently, there are 324 people in isolation or quarantine, including 164 students off campus, 118 students on campus and 42 employees.

Massey Hall is being used this fall semester for students who must self-isolate while recovering from the virus. Administrators said Friday Massey also will be used for a similar purpose in the spring semester.

There have been 1,708 recoveries.

Oct. 29, 2020

UT reported Thursday a total of 66 active cases, including 56 students and 10 employees. The data is current through Wednesday night.

Also, there are 8 new cases. The day before UT reported 7 new cases.

Currently, there are 316 people in isolation or quarantine, including 170 students off campus, 105 students on campus and 41 employees.

There have been 1,689 recoveries.

Oct. 28, 2020

UT reported Wednesday a total of 60 active cases, including 51 students and 9 employees. The data is current through Tuesday night.

Also, there are 7 new cases. The day before UT reported 13 new cases.

Currently, there are 304 people in isolation or quarantine, including 178 students off campus, 89 students on campus and 37 employees.

There have been 1,689 recoveries.

Oct. 26, 2020

UT reported Monday a total of 54 active, positive cases as of Sunday night. That includes 47 students and 7 employees. Over the weekend, UT saw about a dozen new cases, but some that had been active are now off the list.

As of Sunday night, there were 278 people in isolation or quarantine, including 164 students off campus, 83 students on campus and 31 employees. That's a decline from Friday, when UT reported 380 people in isolation or quarantine.

There have been 1,669 recoveries.

Oct. 23, 2020

UT reported Friday 8 new positive cases as of Thursday night. The university has seen an uptick in new cases each day this week.

Total active cases are at 57, including 52 students and 5 employees.

As of Thursday night, there were 308 people in isolation or quarantine, including 182 students off campus, 94 students on campus and 32 employees.

There have been 1,646 recoveries.

Oct. 22, 2020

UT reported Thursday 12 new positive cases as of Wednesday night.

UT had 9 cases the day before and has seen a steady uptick in new cases this week.

Total active cases are at 61, including 57 students and 4 employees.

As of Wednesday night, there were 337 people in isolation or quarantine, including 202 students off campus, 106 students on campus and 29 employees.

That's an increase of 26 from the day before.

There have been 1,634 recoveries.

Oct. 21, 2020

UT reported Wednesday 9 new positive cases as of Tuesday night. UT had 10 new cases the day before.

Total active cases are at 47, including 43 students and 4 employees.

As of Tuesday night, there were 311 people in isolation or self-quarantine, including 194 students off campus, 86 students on campus and 31 employees.

There have been 1,627 recoveries.

Oct. 20, 2020

UT reported Tuesday 10 new positive cases as of Monday night. UT also had 10 new cases over the weekend. Data released Tuesday reflects the latest figures available Monday night.

Total active cases weren't immediately available Tuesday from UT.

As of Monday night, there were 286 people in isolation or self-quarantine, including 181 students who are off campus, 77 students who are on campus and 28 employees.

There have been 1,624 recoveries.

Oct. 19, 2020

UT reported Monday 10 new positive cases over the weekend, including 9 detected Sunday. The total as of Sunday night now is 39, including 37 students and 2 employees.

UT officials caution that students may not be getting tested as they are expected, which could be creating a false sense that the virus is not as prevalent.

As of Sunday night, there are 269 people in isolation or self-quarantine, including 167 students who are off campus, 74 students who are on campus and 28 employees, figures show.

There have been 1,618 recoveries.

Oct. 16, 2020

UT reported Friday 3 new cases, reflecting the latest numbers through Thursday night. There are 49 active, positive cases, including 46 students and 3 employees.

That's a reduction of 12 from the day before.

UT officials caution that students may not be getting tested as they are expected, which could be creating a false sense that the virus is not as prevalent.

There are 322 people now in isolation or self-quarantine, including 194 students who are off campus, 93 students who are on campus and 35 employees, figures show.

There have been 1,593 recoveries.

Oct. 15, 2020

UT reported Thursday 3 new cases, reflecting the latest numbers through Wednesday night. There are 61 active cases, including 58 students and 3 employees.

There are 343 people now in isolation or self-quarantine, including 208 students who live off campus, 98 who live on campus and 37 employees, figures show.

There have been 1,575 recoveries.

Oct. 14, 2020

UT reported Wednesday 5 new cases, a reflection of figures as of Tuesday night. There now are 62 active, positive cases, including 59 students and 3 employees.

The day before, the university reported 59 active, positive cases.

There are 341 people now in isolation or self-quarantine, including 196 students who live off campus, 111 students on campus and 34 employees, figures show.

That's an increase of 45 from the day before when there were a total of 296 people in isolation.

There have been 1,567 recoveries.

Oct. 13, 2020

UT has identified nine new cases and a new COVID-19 cluster on campus, the first one identified since Sept. 8. It was related to ARMY ROTC field training exercise planning meetings held in two rooms at the Hoskins Library, 108K and 190.

There are currently 59 active cases on campus, 

According to UT, there are 296 people in isolation or self-quarantine, including 166 students off campus, 100 students on campus and 30 employees.

There have been 1,561 recoveries.

Oct. 12, 2020

The University of Tennessee on Monday reported 59 positive, active virus cases. The total reflects data from Sunday night. It represents a slight dip from Friday's report of 61 total cases.

Monday's total includes 57 students and 2 employees.

Over the weekend, UT saw 16 new cases, figures show.

According to UT, there are 293 people in isolation or self-quarantine, including 176 students off campus, 88 students on campus and 29 employees.

There have been 1,553 recoveries.

No active clusters currently have been identified.

Oct. 9, 2020

The University of Tennessee on Friday reported 61 positive, active virus cases. Overall, that represents no change from the day before.

The total, current through Thursday night, includes 59 students and 2 employees.

Day over day, the figures reflect an increase of 9 cases.

According to UT, there are 268 people in isolation or self-quarantine, including 157 students off campus, 82 students on campus and 29 employees.

There have been 1,526 recoveries.

No active clusters currently have been identified.

Oct. 8, 2020

The University of Tennessee reported Thursday 61 positive, active virus cases. That's a bump up from the day before, which had 58.

The total, current through Wednesday night, includes 59 students and 2 employees.

Day over day, the figures reflect an increase of 6 cases. The day before saw 7 new cases.

According to UT, there are 271 people in isolation or self-quarantine, including 161 students off campus, 76 students on campus and 34 employees.

The total represents an increase of 35 people in isolation of quarantine from the previous day. All but 3 of those people are students, figures show.

There have been 1,512 recoveries.

No active clusters currently have been identified.

Oct. 7, 2020

The University of Tennessee reported Wednesday 58 positive, active virus cases.  The figures are current through Tuesday night.

There are 55 students with the virus now and 3 employees, figures show.

Day over day, the figures reflect an increase of 7 cases.

According to UT, there are 236 people in isolation or self-quarantine, including 144 students off campus, 61 students on campus and 31 employees. The total represents an increase of 11 students in quarantine or isolation from the previous day.

There have been 1,504 recoveries.

No active clusters currently have been identified.

Oct. 6, 2020

The University of Tennessee reported on Tuesday 58 positive, active virus cases.  The figures are current through Monday night.

There are 55 students with the virus now and 3 employees, figures show.

Day over day, the figures reflect an increase of 5 cases.

According to UT, there are 225 people in isolation or self-quarantine, including 142 students off campus, 52 students on campus and 31 employees. The total represents an increase of 11 students in quarantine or isolation from the previous day.

There have been 1,498 recoveries.

No active clusters currently have been identified.

Oct. 5, 2020

The University of Tennessee reported Monday 57 active virus cases, reflecting a steady decline over the weekend. The figures are current through Sunday evening.

There are 53 students with the virus now and 4 employees, figures show.

Three new cases were reported over the weekend.

According to UT, there are 214 people in isolation or self-quarantine, including 131 students off campus, 52 students on campus and 31 employees.

On Friday, UT reported 319 students and staff were in isolation.

There have been 1,495 recoveries.

No active clusters currently have been identified.

Oct. 2, 2020

The University of Tennessee Friday reported an increase in the number of active COVID-19 cases, rising to 90. Of those, 89 are students and one is a staff member. Seven new COVID-19 cases were reported since Thursday.

319 students and staff are also in isolation. Of those, 189 are students off campus, 96 are students on campus, and 34 are employees.

There have not been any new active clusters identified in the past 14 days.

Sept. 29, 2020

UT's Tuesday report showed another slight decrease in the number of active COVID-19 cases, with 73 students and staff currently positive. Of those, 69 were students and 4 were employees. The number of new cases remained level with 6 new cases since Monday.

The number of isolations also slightly decreased, with 298 people in isolation -- including 35 employees, 103 residential students and 160 non-residential students.

UT has not seen any active clusters of cases within the last 14 days.

On Tuesday, UT Chancellor Donde Plowman provided an update on pooled COVID-19 saliva testing on campus to find potential clusters in residence halls. The university took saliva samples from 574 people at White and Hess Halls.

The samples were pooled in groups of 5, and 21 people have been referred to the student health center for follow-up individual PCR testing.

About 5% of the samples are still being tested. UT said it will take new pooled saliva samples every week for the rest of the semester.

Pooled saliva test will continue every week for rest of semester.

Dr. Deborah Crawford said the results of the saliva testing show students need to be very aware and cautious of any minor symptoms that have this fall and winter and should seek testing, even if they believe it's 'only allergies.'

"These results tell us the virus is pernicious, and that the virus is being spread by people who don't know they have the symptoms or misattribute them to something like allergies," she said. 

Chancellor Plowman and Dr. Crawford once again warned students about their high potential for being asymptomatic spreaders. While the virus has not largely been seen to pose the same health risks to young people compared to those who are older, health experts warn that young people with no symptoms can put others in harms way with this virus if they are being reckless and ignoring the risk. They continue to ask everyone to follow the 5 core actions of social distancing to prevent themselves from unknowingly spreading the virus to others more at risk to serious complications.

Sept. 28, 2020

UT's Monday report showed a slight decrease in the number of active COVID-19 cases, with 95 students and staff currently positive. Of those, 89 were students and 6 were employees. The number of new cases grew slightly by 11 over the weekend.

The number of isolations also slightly decreased, with 343 people total in isolation -- including 40 employees, 112 residential students, and 191 non-residential students. 

UT recently conducted pooled saliva testing at two residence halls on campus -- saying it is worried the rapid decrease in cases is not due to fewer students contracting COVID-19, but fewer students seeking out testing for the virus. UT said it should have the results of the pooled tests this week, and will follow up with individual PCR testing depending on the results. 

Sept. 25, 2020

UT's Friday report show a decrease in the number of active COVID-19 cases at 119 total, with 114 being students and 5 being employees. UT is now reporting the number of daily new cases as concerns grow that many students are not seeking testing. 15 new cases were reported between staff and students.

The number of isolations continued to decrease to 458 total, down by 192 from yesterday.

Sept. 24, 2020

UT's Thursday report showed a slight increase in the number of COVID-19 cases. UT reported 135 total active cases -- including 127 students and 8 employees.

The number of isolations decreased to 650, down by 35 from 685.

Sept. 23, 2020

UT's Wednesday report showed another significant day-to-day decline in active cases of COVID-19. Cases count is down to 132 from 178 -- less than a third the number of active cases from just three days ago.

That includes 124 students and 8 employees. UT cautioned Tuesday this may be due to a reduction in students getting tested, and are encouraging everyone, even if they feel it's allergies or a mild cough, to seek testing.

WBIR reported Tuesday that just a handful of students had been tested this week at the Student Health Center.

Recoveries are now at 1,264.

The number of people in isolation declined by nearly 200 to 685. That includes 299 residential, 326 non-residential students and 60 employees.

Sept. 22, 2020

UT's report Tuesday morning -- reflecting the latest positive active virus numbers as of Monday night -- shows a day-to-day decline of nearly 50 percent. The case count is down to 178 from 338.

The new tally includes 166 students and 12 employees.

University administrators have cautioned the decline could reflect a reduction in the number of students actually going to get tested. They've been encouraging the campus community to seek testing even if they think they just have mild cold or allergy symptoms.

Recoveries are now at 1,222, figures show.

The number of students and staff in isolation or quarantine also fell sharply, according to Tuesday's report. The total now is 849, down from 1,305 the day before.

The total includes 393 non-residential students and 378 on-campus residents as well as 78 employees.

Sept. 21, 2020

UT's report Monday morning -- reflecting the latest positive active virus numbers as of Sunday night -- shows the decline that started last week continued over the weekend. The total is now 338, including 323 students and 15 employees.

That's down from Friday's report of 412, including 398 students.

Recoveries as of Monday morning total 1,026.

Students and staff currently in isolation or quarantine total 1,305. Of that 528 are non-residential students, 680 are on-campus students and 97 are employees.

On Friday morning the total was 1,540, with 631 non-residential students, 802 on-campus students and 107 employees.

On Friday, Dr. Spencer Gregg of the Student Health Center said it appears fewer students may be getting tested at the center, one reason the numbers could be going down.

Education administrators warned students to go get tested even if they think they're only experiencing a mild cold or symptoms of a seasonal allergy.

Sept. 18, 2020

UT's report Friday morning -- reflecting the latest positive virus numbers as of Thursday night -- shows a continued decrease in active cases. The total is now 412, including 398 students and 14 employees.

The day before the count was 435: 421 students and 14 employees.

Recoveries as of Friday morning total 894.

Students and staff currently in isolation or quarantine total 1,540. Of that, 631 are non-residential students, 802 are on-campus students and 107 are employees.

The new numbers represent a drop from the day before of 1,621 in isolation or quarantine.

The number of off-campus students in quarantine or isolation is down from 1,014 on Sept. 13 to 631 as of Thursday's report.

The number of on-campus students in quarantine or isolation is down from 1,073 on Sept. 13 to 802 as of Thursday's report.

Sept. 17, 2020

UT's report Thursday morning -- reflecting the latest positive virus numbers as of Wednesday night -- shows a continued decrease in active cases. The total is now 435, including 421 students and 14 employees.

The day before the count was 486 students and 13 employees.

Recoveries as of Thursday morning total 845.

Students and staff currently in isolation or quarantine total 1,621. Of that, 660 are non-residential students, 859 are on-campus students and 102 are employees.

The new numbers represent a drop from the day before of 1,784 in isolation or quarantine.

The number of off-campus students in quarantine or isolation is down from 1,014 on Sept. 13 to 660 as of Thursday's report.

The number of on-campus students in quarantine or isolation is down from 1,073 on Sept. 13 to 859 as of Thursday's report.

Sept. 16, 2020

UT's report Wednesday morning -- reflecting the latest positive virus numbers as of Tuesday night -- shows another drop in active case. The total is now 499, including 486 students and 13 employees.

Tuesday's report showed there were 645 total cases, including 630 students and 15 employees. That was down from the day before when there were a total of 680 active cases.

Recoveries as of Wednesday morning total 814.

Students and staff currently in isolation or quarantine total 1,784, a drop from 2,087 the day before.

Current figures show there are 678 non-residential students in isolation and 1,006 on-campus students in isolation. There are 100 employees in isolation or quarantine.

The number of non-residential students in quarantine or isolation is down more than 200 this week.

Sept. 15, 2020

UT's report Tuesday morning -- reflecting the latest positive virus numbers as of Monday night  -- shows 645 total cases, including 630 students and 15 employees.

That's a small decrease from the day before, when figures showed a total of 680 positive cases including 667 students.

UT has vowed to begin broader and more aggressive testing to identify the presence of the virus on campus.

Recoveries as of Tuesday morning total 634.

Students and staff currently in isolation or quarantine total 2,087, a drop from 2,175 the day before. 

Current figures show there are 892 non-residential students in isolation and 1,093 on-campus students in isolation. There are 102 employees in isolation or quarantine.

Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House's coronavirus response coordinator, was visiting the UT campus on Tuesday morning.

Sept. 14, 2020

UT's report Monday morning -- reflecting the latest positive virus numbers as of Sunday night  -- shows 680 total cases, including 667 students and 13 employees.

Numbers dipped briefly over the weekend. On Friday morning the university reported 672 cases, and on Saturday UT said it had a total of 634 total cases.

Recoveries as of Monday morning total 507. On Friday morning, UT reported that number at 426.

Students and staff currently in isolation or quarantine total 2,175. That's an increase from Friday morning, when UT said figures showed there were 2,079 people in isolation or quarantine.

Current figures show there are 1,014 non-residential students in isolation and 1,073 on-campus students in isolation. There are 88 employees in isolation or quarantine.

UT officials announced Friday they would expand on-campus testing to get a better sense of COVID-19's presence at UT. Dr. Spencer Gregg, director of the Student Health Center, said results from that testing in the coming days and weeks likely will raise UT's positive case counts.

Sept. 11, 2020

UT's report Friday morning -- reflecting the latest positive virus numbers as of Thursday night  -- now total 672, all but 11 of which are students.

Recoveries total 426, up from 373 the day before.

Students and staff now in isolation or quarantine total 2,079. That includes 1,018 students off campus, 985 students on campus and 76 employees.

No new clusters were reported Friday.

On Thursday, UT said it had found a new cluster of cases on the second floor of White Hall, a dorm. The cluster of infections was believed to have occurred around September 4 and is the first cluster identified in a dorm. The rest of the clusters have been at sororities or off-campus homes.

Sept. 10, 2020

UT's report Thursday shows COVID-19 cases are increasing steadily after another cluster was identified in a campus dorm.

Positive cases on and off campus involving students and staff increased to 662, with all but 9 cases involving students. Recoveries grew to 373.  

The number of students and staff currently in self-isolation increased slightly to 2,023, including 1,030 students off campus, 923 students on campus, and 70 employees. 43% are in self-isolation due to close contact with a COVID-19- positive person, 25% for having symptoms, and 23% for testing positive for COVID-19.

A new cluster of cases was identified at a dorm on campus on the second floor of White Hall. The cluster of infections was believed to have occurred around September 4 and is the first cluster identified in a dorm. The rest of the clusters have been at sororities or off-campus homes.

Sept. 8, 2020

UT's report Tuesday morning -- reflecting the latest positive virus numbers as of Monday night -- shows a very small increase. Positive cases rose from 590 as of Sunday to 600 on Monday.

Figures show 592 students have positive cases; the employee count rose from 6 to 8.

According to the Tuesday report for Monday, a total of 2,012 people were in isolation or quarantine, including 984 students living off campus and 955 students living on campus. The employee count is 73, down 1 from Sunday night.

The total isolation/quarantine number rose from the day before when there were 1,983 people, including 959 off-campus students and 950 on-campus students.

There have been 303 recoveries.

No new case clusters were reported Tuesday. So far there have been 8, including 7 among sororities. Another cluster was reported at a Fort Sanders residence.

Sept. 7, 2020

UT's report Monday morning -- reflecting the latest numbers as of Sunday night -- shows a sharp jump that took place over the weekend. Positive, active cases rose from 369 as of Thursday night to 590 as of Sunday night.

Students -- now at 584 -- represent the entire increase. The number of employee cases has held steady at 6 since late last week.

According to the Monday report for Sunday, a total of 1,983 people were in isolation or quarantine, including 959 students living off campus and 950 students living on campus. The employee count is 74, up 8 from late last week.

The total isolation/quarantine number rose from the day before when there were 1,895 people, including 913 off-campus students and 914 on-campus students.

There have been 282 recoveries.

No new case clusters were reported Monday. So far there have been 8, including 7 among sororities. Another cluster was reported at a Fort Sanders residence.

Sept. 4, 2020

UT's report Friday morning -- reflecting the latest numbers as of Thursday night -- shows a jump in active cases, from 308 the day before to 369. Of that, 363 are students and 6 are employees. 

According to the Friday report for Thursday, a total of 1,647 people were in isolation or quarantine, including 827 students living off campus and 754 students on campus. The employee count is 66.

The total isolation/quarantine number rose from the day before when there were 1,442 people, including 730 off-campus students and 650 on-campus students. 

There have been 254 recoveries.

No new case clusters were reported Friday. So far there have been 8, including 7 among sororities. Another cluster was reported at a Fort Sanders residence.

Sept. 2, 2020

UT's report Wednesday -- reflecting the latest numbers as of Tuesday night -- shows a jump in active, positive cases -- from 198 to 243. Of that, 238 are students and 5 are employees. There's been no change in the number of employees with a positive, active case.

Two new clusters also are being reported at sororities.

According to the Wednesday report for Tuesday, a total of 1,253 people were in isolation or quarantine, including 632 students living off campus and 557 students living on campus. The employee count remains at 64.

The total isolation/quarantine number rose from the day before when there were 1,045 people, including 558 off-campus students and 423 on-campus students.

New clusters also are being reported at two sororities -- Phi Mu and Sigma Kappa. That brings to five the total number of virus clusters that have been verified at sororities at UT.

There have been 230 recoveries.

Sept. 1, 2020

UT's report Tuesday that reflects that latest numbers as of Monday night shows 198 active positive cases, with 193 of those being students and five being employees.

UT Chancellor Donde Plowman said Tuesday during a briefing she was gratified to see case rates remain low and stable for staff members.

The latest active count also represents a slight decrease from the day before, when there were 210 total active cases, with 205 of those being students.

According to the Tuesday report for Monday, a total of 1,045 people were in isolation or quarantine, including 558 students living off campus, 432 students living on campus and 64 employees.

The total isolation/quarantine number rose from the day before when there were 783 people in isolation, including 543 off-campus students and 377 on-campus students.

There have been 221 recoveries.

August 31, 2020

COVID-19 clusters at two additional sorority houses may be contributing to the continued increases of the illness on campus.

UT reported 210 active cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday night, including 205 students and five staff members. Active cases have doubled since classes started.

783 people are in isolation, including 543 off-campus students and 377 on-campus students.

Health officials have identified two additional clusters of COVID-19. One is at the Delta Delta Delta sorority house and the other at the Alpha Delta Pi sorority house. In a previous sorority house cluster, UT officials said everyone who lived in the house would be treated as a close contact because of the shared living arrangement, so all of them will be tested and moved to isolation or quarantine as necessary.

August 28, 2020

The number of COVID-19 cases on the UT Knoxville campus continues to grow.

UT reported 150 active cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, including 144 students and 6 staff members.

734 people are in isolation, including 433 off-campus students, 231 on-campus students, and 70 employees.

Chancellor Plowman said two members of the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority house tested positive for COVID-19. Because of the shared living arrangements, everyone who lives in the house and is considered a close contact. All of them will be tested and either be quarantined or go into self-isolation.

Dr. Spencer Duncan Gregg said it will be very difficult to handle COVID-19 in shared living situations like sorority and fraternity houses.

August 27, 2020

UT reported 144 active cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, including 137 students and 7 staff members.

The university also identified another cluster of cases related to the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority house. Five fraternities and one sorority were put on interim suspension this week for not complying with safety rules, though ZTA was not one of them.

690 people are in isolation, including 398 off-campus students, 217 on-campus students, and 75 employees.

August 26, 2020

UT reported 131 active cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. 124 of those are students and seven are employees.

543 people are in isolation, including 338 off-campus students, 132 on-campus students, and 73 employees.

There have been 154 recoveries reported since June 8.

August 25, 2020

UT reported that as of Monday, Aug. 24, there are 126 total active cases -- 6 employees and 120 students.

There have been 143 recoveries reported since June 8.

Figures also show 489 people are now in isolation, including 70 employees, 122 students in residential housing and 297 students living off campus.

IMPORTANT: The university said active cases for Aug. 21-23 were overcounted because they included people awaiting test results in addition to positive cases. The overcount for those dates was corrected on its website to include only positive cases.

August 24, 2020

On Tuesday, Aug. 25, UT said active case numbers were over-reported for Aug. 21-23 and its website data was corrected to reflect the change. There were actually 118 total active cases-- 112 students and six employees.

UT reported that as of Sunday, Aug. 23, there are 136 total active cases -- eight employees and 126 students.

There have been 140 recoveries reported since June 8.

Figures also show 444 people are now in isolation, including 68 employees, 113 students in residential housing and 263 students living off campus.

August 21, 2020

UT reported there are 110 active cases among students and staff, an increase of 5 since Thursday. 103 of those are students and 7 of those are staff members.

There have been 113 recoveries reported since June 8.

UT also said 408 people within the campus community are in active self-isolation. This includes 240 non-residential students, 87 residential students and 81 employees.

August 20, 2020

The university reported that there are 105 active cases among students and staff since Aug. 19. 97 of those are students and 8 of those are staff members.

There have been 110 recoveries reported since June 8. 

UT also said 377 people within the campus community are in active self-isolation. This includes 221 non-residential students, 80 residential students and 76 employees.

August 19, 2020

The university reported that there are 97 active cases among students and staff since Aug. 18. 89 of those are students and 8 of those are staff members.

There have been 110 recoveries reported since June 8. 

UT also said 355 people within the campus community are in active self-isolation. This includes 191 non-residential students, 70 residential students and 94 employees.

August 18, 2020

The university reported that there are 75 active cases among students and staff since Monday, Aug. 17. 66 of those are students and 9 of those are staff members.

There have been 104 recoveries reported since June 8. 

UT also said 270 people within the campus community are in active self-isolation. This includes 136 non-residential students, 51 residential students and 83 employees.

August 13, 2020

UT Knoxville announced there were 28 active cases of COVID-19 within the campus community. Twenty students and 8 faculty members tested positive for COVID-19. 

The university said those active cases include ongoing cases - not just those since move-in began on Aug. 9. Four of those 28 total active cases have been since the Aug. 9 move-in date. 

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