COVID-19 report, Feb. 26: Edinboro faces case spike, 51 positives this week

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Friday, February 26th, 2021 at 1:48 PM
COVID-19 report, Feb. 26: Edinboro faces case spike, 51 positives this week by Emma McNeeley
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Since Feb. 22, Edinboro University has logged 51 new cases of COVID-19 (50 students, 1 employee). In the previous six weeks tracked in 2021, there was a total of 17 cases. The university sent out an email on Feb. 26, which read: "Over the last 7 days, there has been an upward trend in our positive cases of COVID-19 among students. Student Health Services has been working diligently to support testing, quarantining and isolation to help minimize the spread." Referencing the possibility of a 10-day pause for in-person campus activities (including classes), the email reads, "This is not a choice we want to make, but it may be necessary to protect the health and safety of our community." 

Finally, the email states that the university's contact tracing "has not revealed any evidence of transmission from in-person instruction." But, the 10-day pause would be out of an "abundance of caution for our students and faculty." 

Previously, on Feb. 22, the university sent out an email that commented on reported off-campus gatherings and that EU "has concurrently seen an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases." Further, it read, "The irresponsible behaviors of a few can have major consequences for the entire community, as evidenced at other institutions that have been forced to halt in-person classes due to spikes in COVID cases."

The Spectator is working on a full report on the case spike.


County and zip code COVID-19 data has been taken from Health.pa.gov and represents numbers since the beginning of the pandemic. This data was last updated on Feb. 26. Edinboro data is taken from their COVID-19 case tracker.

— Erie County, total confirmed cases: 15,287

— Crawford County, total confirmed cases: 5,051

— Warren County, total confirmed cases: 1,757

— Venango County, total confirmed cases: 2,698

— 16412 Zip Code (Edinboro), total confirmed cases: 484

— Edinboro Campus: 68 total  (2 employees, 66 students since start of 2021)

— Slippery Rock Campus: 57 confirmed cases (50 students, 7 employees) since Jan. 19.

— Allegheny College: 26 total cases (19 students, 7 employees) since Jan. 13.

— 797,310 confirmed cases statewide in Pennsylvania since beginning of pandemic.

In the last 7 day period, Erie County’s COVID-19 case count increased by 347. Crawford County increased by 83; Warren increased by 23; Venango increased by 49.

Emma McNeeley is the News Editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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