Dashboard

This dashboard shows ongoing COVID-19 results for testing administered by the Protect Purdue Health Center since Aug. 1, 2020, for faculty, staff and students, including student-athletes. Tests and results are included once results are received, and are displayed by the date the test was performed.

This dashboard also includes: 

  • Results from our pre-arrival student testing if the tests were performed on-campus by the Protect Purdue Health Center (including tests conducted in partnership with Biodesix). Tests conducted by other outside providers (such as Vault Health) are not shown. Total pre-arrival testing results for spring 2021 from all sources are listed separately below.
  • Overall results from fall 2020 and spring 2021 PPHC testing and ongoing results for summer 2021 testing. 
  • Results of Purdue’s ongoing surveillance testing of faculty, staff and students. Overall fall 2020 and spring 2021 surveillance testing results are listed separately below.

Additionally, the occupancy of our campus isolation and quarantine space, the reported severity of COVID-19 cases and the number of COVID-19-associated hospitalizations are reported. 

All data is preliminary and likely to change as additional test results are received, leading to the number of tests and/or cases on a given day going up a few days later.

2020-21 Surveillance Testing

Purdue’s comprehensive surveillance testing program for the 2020-21 academic year, a proven strategy for monitoring the health of a community, included targeted and random testing for on-campus students and a combination of random and weekly testing for certain on-campus employees, with the goal of testing approximately 10% of the campus each week.  

Fall 2020 Surveillance Testing Results

The final results of our fall surveillance testing program are shown below for surveillance testing conducted Aug. 24-Nov. 20, 2020 (the conclusion of the last full week of on-campus instruction and weekly random testing). Weekly testing of certain employees critical to campus operations continued throughout the winter break period.

Overall

40,969

Tests

748

Positive Results

1.83%

Positivity Rate

Students

36,983

Tests

684

Positive Results

1.85%

Positivity Rate

Employees

3,986

Tests

64

Positive Results

1.61%

Positivity Rate

Spring 2021 Surveillance Testing Results

Based on learnings from the fall, the comprehensive surveillance testing plan for the spring semester included heightened testing of certain groups. Spring surveillance testing was conducted Jan. 18-April 23, 2021; final results are shown below.

Overall

72,289

Tests

839

Positive Results

1.16%

Positivity Rate

Students

64,402

Tests

800

Positive Results

1.24%

Positivity Rate

Employees

7,887

Tests

39

Positive Results

0.49%

Positivity Rate

Pre-Arrival Student Testing

To prevent a possible influx of COVID-19 cases to our campus and community, all undergraduate students in the spring 2021 residential option, as well as all West Lafayette-bound graduate and professional program students, were required to be tested for COVID-19 and be cleared for campus access by the Protect Purdue Health Center before the start of the spring semester. In line with CDC recommendations that anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 not be retested for 90 days, students who tested positive on or after Oct. 21, 2020 (e.g., within 90 days of the start of classes on Jan. 19, 2021) were not required to retest. These results are final as of Jan. 27. Any student who has not received a test result is not cleared to access campus.

Spring 2021 Final Pre-Arrival Testing Results

36,491

Students Tested

Includes 2,594 positive tests between Oct. 21-Dec. 20, 2020

1,012

Positive Results

Since Dec. 21, 2020

2.99%

Positivity Rate

Since Dec. 21, 2020 (Excludes 2,594 positive tests between Oct. 21-Dec. 20, 2020)

Fall 2020 Final Pre-Arrival Testing Results

37,959

Students Tested

272

Positive Results

0.72%

Positivity Rate

How were the students who tested positive cleared to come to campus?

Students who tested positive for COVID-19 during our pre-arrival testing were required to complete a 10-day isolation after the test (asymptomatic) or 10 days after symptom onset, guided by dedicated nurse case managers from the Protect Purdue Health Center, who provided them with medical clearance to come to campus after the required isolation period was complete.


WATCH: Eric Barker, dean of the College of Pharmacy and member of the Protect Purdue Implementation Team, discusses Purdue’s fall 2020 pre-arrival student testing on the TODAY Show.