At Temple University, the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff is—and always will be—our top priority.
We also believe it is of vital importance that we keep our community as informed as possible during these unprecedented and uncertain times.
To ensure that all members of the Temple community remain as safe as possible during their return to learning, the university will collect and share information regarding the percentage of people within the campus community verified to be fully vaccinated. The university will also collect and share information about active COVID-19 cases within the university community.
Vaccination rates are broken down into four categories. These are employees (including faculty), students—university housing, students (total population) and all. Those who are not verified fully vaccinated but who have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccination are considered to be partially vaccinated. Vaccination rates also take into account those in the community who have applied for and received either a religious waiver or a medical waiver.
The active COVID-19 case count is broken down into the same four categories as vaccination rates. Cases will be removed from this page once they meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria for recovered cases.
Review definitions for all designations below.
This dashboard includes all testing done by Student and Employee Health or on Temple’s campuses under the direction of Student and Employee Health. These totals do not include testing done at non-Temple University locations.
The data included in these tables come from multiple sources and from time to time, receipt can be delayed. Data will be updated as it is received. For data prior to January 2021, please see the table at the bottom of this page.
Any member of the Temple community who tests positive for COVID-19 will be advised to isolate for five days, in accordance with CDC guidance. You may leave isolation on day six, if you are fever-free with improving symptoms. If you leave isolation on day six, you must continue wearing your mask around others at all times for an additional five days.
Johnson Residence Hall will be reserved as isolation and quarantine space for students living in campus housing who test positive and need a place to isolate. Any person or persons who have had close contact with an infected individual will be notified and provided additional information on steps they should take, including self-quarantining. Positivity rate provides important context about overall case trends within a particular community.
For those that have been identified as a close contact, please adhere to the following university guidelines.
- If you are unvaccinated and you test negative for COVID-19 (between days 5–7) and also do not develop symptoms, you can be around others after day 7 of exposure.
- If you are vaccinated and you test negative for COVID-19 (between days 3–5) and also do not develop symptoms, no quarantine is necessary.
Please note that due to the complex nature of Temple University’s population, all active case counts are classified generally to the best of the university’s knowledge. These counts are intended to provide guidance to help the public and university community generally understand patterns of positive cases within the Temple community and not to replace contact tracing efforts by the university and local health departments.
Additional Public Health Information
Active COVID-19 cases: The total number of people who actively have the ability to spread COVID-19 as of the most recent reporting date. A case is considered “active” both during the period of time spent in isolation as well as the time it takes for the improvement of symptoms (in cases where the person was symptomatic).
All: Sum of employees (total population) and students (total population).
Close contact: Defined by the CDC as being closer than six feet, for equal to or greater than 15 minutes, to a person who has tested positive for or presumed to have COVID-19. In some cases, where there is cumulative exposure exceeding 15 minutes at a distance of less than six feet over a 24-hour period, an individual may be deemed to be a close contact. Factors to consider include the precise proximity, duration, symptoms of the infected person and environmental factors. Contact your healthcare provider or Employee Health Services for additional information.
Employees (total population): All employees with an active job, excluding student workers (SW), work study (WS) students, graduate assistants (GA), teaching assistants (TA) and research assistants (RA), graduate interns and externs, excluding those who are working entirely remotely.
Isolate/isolation: The complete separation of an individual who is positive for COVID-19 from others who are not sick. If you test positive for COVID-19, you must isolate for five days; you can leave isolation on day six, if you are fever-free with improving symptoms. If you leave isolation on day six, you must continue wearing your mask around others at all times for an additional five days.
Medical waiver: Those individuals who have an approved waiver, which states an exemption applies to the specific individual submitting the certification because the COVID-19 vaccine is medically contraindicated for the individual. The waiver must include a statement signed by a licensed healthcare provider.
Partially vaccinated: Individuals who have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine but who do not meet the definition of “verified fully vaccinated”.
Percent verified fully vaccinated: The percentage of people verified to be fully vaccinated, which means two or more weeks have passed after the receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine series, or two or more weeks have passed after receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine and when the individual has remained asymptomatic since being vaccinated.
Positivity rate: The percentage of total COVID-19 tests conducted by Temple University that yielded a positive result. While it provides important context about case trends, positivity rate is not a measure of how prevalent the virus is in the Temple community.
Recovered cases: Any individual positive person who has been isolated for a minimum of 10 days and no longer presents any COVID-19 symptoms. CDC guidance suggests that persons with COVID-19 who experienced mild to moderate symptoms may end their isolation after 10 days.
Religious waiver: Those individuals who have an approved waiver, including a signed statement in writing that the individual has a sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.
Self-quarantine: Defined as separating oneself from others and restricting movement.
- Individuals who have received their booster shot, or who completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last five months, or completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last two months do not need to quarantine. They should wear their mask around others for 10 days and test on day five, if possible.
- Individuals who have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over five months ago and are not boosted, or completed the primary series of J&J over two months ago and are not boosted, or who are unvaccinated should stay home for five days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for five additional days.
Students—university housing (total population): Total of students who live in university-owned or controlled student housing (i.e. they have housing licenses with Temple). This population is also included in the “Student Total Population.”
Students (total population): All individuals who are registered for at least one credit-bearing course (includes all domestic and international campuses except for Temple University Japan). Employees with active jobs taking credit-bearing courses are excluded from the Student Total Population but are included in the Employee Total Population. Students who have no in-person classes and are classified as “remote-only” are also excluded from the Employee Total Population.
Verified fully vaccinated: An individual is considered fully vaccinated when two or more weeks have passed after the receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose vaccine series, or two or more weeks have passed after receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine and when the individual has remained asymptomatic since being vaccinated.
Historical COVID-19 Testing by Week
Total Tested by Week
Total Positives by Week
Percent (%) Positive
Total Positives in Housing by Week
Updated 1/6/2021 (2:42 p.m.)
This table includes all testing done by Student and Employee Health or on Temple’s campuses under the direction of Student and Employee Health. These totals do not include testing done at non-Temple University locations.
*Data may be delayed.