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COVID-19 cases top 1,000 at some universities in central Indiana

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Posted at 6:15 PM, Sep 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-30 18:15:40-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The total of COVID-19 cases at some universities in central Indiana has reached more than 1,000.

While Indiana University Bloomington and Ball State University have more than 1,000 cases, the recent number of new cases is decreasing.

The data in the graph below shows the total number of COVID-19 cases, including both students and employees, from the university dashboards.

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Indiana University Bloomington and IUPUI
The mitigation testing positivity rate at all Indiana University campuses decreased last week from 1.9% to 1.3%, according to the university's dashboard.

Last week, the positivity rate from Greek houses decreased from 3.1% to 1.8%, according to the university's dashboard. The positivity rate from residence halls also decreased from 2.2% to 1.5%.

The positive rate of Greek-affiliated students who don't live in their organization's house increased last week from 4.9% to 5.3%, according to the dashboard.

None of the 733 people at IUPUI who were tested last week tested positive, according to the dashboard.

"We’re a long way from finished with this work, but now in the sixth week of classes we are certainly encouraged by the third straight week of lower positivity rates," IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said in an email. "That diligence will keep our campuses safe as we move forward the rest of this semester."

Shortly after the start of the fall semester, students living in some Greek houses were advised by the university to reevaluate their living situations after an increase in cases and at one house was forced to close for violating county health department regulations.

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Purdue University
On Wednesday, information on the total of closed and active cases was added to Purdue University's COVID-19 dashboard. There are 255 total active cases from Sept. 19 to Wednesday.

The overall positivity rate is 2.95% and the positive rate for the last seven days is 3.94%, according to the dashboard.

Since the start of the fall semester, more than 25 congregate facilities were placed on partial or full quarantine because of COVID-19, and more than a dozen students were suspended after having a party inside a residence hall.

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Ball State University
More than 1,000 students and employees at Ball State University have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the university's COVID-19 dashboard.

An estimated 21 students and 1 employee have an active case, according to the dashboard.

In August, Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns sent a letter to students urging them to change their behavior to keep in-person instruction.

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Butler University
As of Sept. 22, a total of 119 students and employees have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the university's COVID-19 dashboard.

The university started the first two weeks of classes for undergraduate students virtually due to a lack of compliance from students following the COVID-19 safety guidelines and an increase of the positivity rate.

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