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Indiana University 'cautiously optimistic' COVID-19 situation getting better

Posted at 10:37 AM, Sep 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-21 10:45:14-04

BLOOMINGTON — Indiana University is cautiously optimistic their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 are working.

IU's most recent testing data shows the number of positive cases. Here's the breakdown:

  • The positivity rate among the communal living (Greek houses) was 15.4% (25.3% the week prior).
  • The positivity rate among residence halls was 2.5% (3.6% the week prior).
  • The positivity rate among Greek-affiliated students who don't live in their organization's house was 10.9% (14.1% the week prior).
  • The positivity rate for all other off-campus students was 2.9% (3% the week prior).

Riley Sample is a sophomore at IU. She tells WRTV reality is finally setting in for college students.

"It's starting to get to the point where people are taking it more seriously which is good," Sample said. "You don't see the big groups of people walking everywhere."

A little more than two weeks ago, Sample moved out of her sorority house because COVID-19 was spreading fast throughout the Greek Houses. Sample's father, Stephen Sample, is a doctor. He warned his daughter this would probably happen.

"I expected this. I gave it two weeks when she left. I think she thought I was joking. I was not," Dr. Sample said.

Sample is now in an apartment but is, unfortunately, waiting on COVID-19 test results. She came in close contact with someone who tested positive. One test has come back negative. She's waiting on the second one. Sample is thankful she's in an apartment and not living in her sorority's house.

"I have my own room instead of sharing it with a roommate, and I have my own bathroom as well, so I don't have to risk exposing any of them," Sample said.

You can see the IU Covid-19 Dashboard by clicking this sentence.