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On the decline: OSU sees decline in coronavirus cases in early March

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COVID-19 daily case chart

In recent weeks, Oklahoma has seen a decline in daily COVID-19 cases.

Out of the 385 students and faculty that were tested at Oklahoma State University’s University Health Services the week of March 1-7, only two cases came back positive, with an additional one case being self-reported, taking the positivity rate down to 0.52%.

All positive cases were students; none were reported by faculty. 

Other weeks throughout the past academic year have reported dozens of positive cases at a time, making a decline in cases apparent when comparing past records.

At the beginning of the school year, there were word of mouth reports that there were 3+ positive cases within one fraternity house or one floor of a dorm, etc. Now that small number of 3 stands as a campus-wide measurement. 

When these numbers were reported, there was a cumulative total number of 2,699 positive cases from the whole academic school year. 

Last Tuesday, Oklahoma State University announced that they were now in accordance with the state to open up vaccinations to all students and faculty as they have entered Phase 3 of the vaccination plan. The university has vaccinated over 6000 members of it’s community, and is continuing to book full days of appointments.

The more students and staff that get vaccinated, the less positive cases campus will expect to see. If things go according to plan, this trend of a low volume of positive cases is here to stay.

Oklahoma State student Alicia Cornelius, who had the virus back in November and got vaccinated this Friday was overjoyed when she heard that there were only 3 cases reported for all of OSU. 

“I was really excited to hear,”  Cornelius said. “It seems like we are really on track to getting things more back to normal which is so awesome.”

Cornelius thinks that the combination of so many students already having the virus, therefore having antibodies, and how well OSU has been distributing the vaccines to students plays into these low numbers. 

Just because there is a decline does not mean that people in the OSU community should stop taking precautions on and off-campus. 

“We are making encouraging progress towards the end of the coronavirus pandemic, but we have not arrived at the finish line,” Stillwater Mayor Will Joyce said in a Tweet. “This is not the time to let down our guards.”

To see more of OSU’s University Health Services reports and stay up-to-date, as well as reporting a COVID case or scheduling a vaccination, visit their website at uhs.okstate.edu.