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Purdue says initial testing shows most returning students are COVID-19 free

Purdue University says the majority of returning students tested for COVID-19 thus far have been negative.
Credit: WTHR

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University says that more than 99 percent of students who have been tested thus far before returning to campus have tested negative for COVID-19.

Of the 15,444 results received, 133 have tested positive for COVID-19, for a 0.86% positive rate. Close to 40,000 students are expected to be tested before the semester begins August 24.

“Even at this very low percentage of positive cases, we have been able to intercept those students who have the virus before they arrived in West Lafayette, helping address positive cases before they join our ecosystem,” said Dr. Esteban Ramirez, chief medical officer for the Protect Purdue Health Center. “As we get closer to the start of classes, we will continue to receive and report results and will continue to remind students of the testing requirement. It is critical that students follow the components of the Protect Purdue Pledge to ensure they stay COVID-free before their arrival and throughout the semester for the safety of our community,” Ramirez added.