Loyola confirms 19 active cases of COVID-19

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This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. Loyola will begin the spring semester online due to widespread COVID-19 cases.

Artie Bennett, News Editor

There are 19 confirmed active cases of COVID-19 among Loyola students, faculty, and staff as of Dec. 8, according to the COVID-19 dashboard.

Of these positive cases, 17 are students and 2 are faculty or staff. Eight of the student cases are commuters, while the remaining nine are on-campus residents.

This is the highest number of reported cases this semester, with 22% of total cases this semester active right now.

This semester, there have been a total of 86 cases, 75 of which were students.

Loyola has instated a vaccine mandate, and around 90% of students are vaccinated.

All community members who test positive are required to self-isolate for 10 days after they develop symptoms and can return to campus after they have had no fever for at least three days.