The Creighton University COVID-19 Dashboard reported a total of 32 cases for the week ending Sept. 26, matching the previous week’s total.

There were 27 student cases and five employee cases reported last week, which brings the campus to a total of 189 cases since move-in.

According to the dashboard, about 97 of the 167 quarantine and isolation spaces are in use, leaving 42% available.

Last week, Creighton began its weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing, in which the university tests a random sam- ple of 500 students weekly.

Daniela Bresler, a senior in the Heider College of Business, was notified on Sept. 17 that she had been selected to partici- pate in surveillance testing.

She received an email with instructions to sign up for testing at the on-campus site before the following Friday, Sept. 25.

Bresler signed up to receive a test on Sept. 23.

“Temperature checks and everything were normal, I went to school like normal, there wasn’t anything that was preventing me from going to school,” Bresler said. “It was pretty smooth and simple, easy to sign up.”

She said she received about two emails each day asking for her to report her test results to the university. Bresler did not receive the results from her test until Tuesday, six days after her test was administered.

Faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to opt in to the random testing pool, according to the Creighton website.

The results are still pending from 759 tests performed at the on-campus testing center for the week ending Sept. 26. For the week ending Sept. 19, about 5.2%, or 20 of the 383 tests performed came back positive for COVID-19.

The positive test rate for Douglas County is 8.8% for the week ending Sept. 26. The county dashboard reports 793 positive tests in that week.

Meanwhile, the state has reached over 45,000 total cases.

The Creighton “Shoo the Flu” campaign began Sept. 28, offering free flu vaccinations to students and staff.

In accordance with the university’s COVID-19 community standards, all students and employees are required to receive a seasonal flu vaccine by Nov. 1.

“Compounding Creighton’s COVID-19 response with an influenza outbreak on campus would place our community’s health and safety at risk, threaten our ability to continue in-person classes for the fall semester and possibly tax our local health care system,” said Melissa Lindauer, assistant director of Employee Health.

Walk-in service is available at the following locations: V.J. and Angela Skutt Student Center Mutual of Omaha Ballroom; Vinardi Center (Old Gym), sec- ond floor pharmacy lab; CHI Health Creighton University Medical Center-Bergan Mercy, second floor confer- ence room.

A Creighton ID is required for some- one going to get vaccinated at these lo- cations. The dates and times of walk-in hours are available on the Creighton website.

If a student gets a flu shot elsewhere, they will need to upload proof of immunization to the BirdHouse, Lindauer said.

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