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 active COVID-19 cases1 within the university community.

The total case count will be broken down into three categories. These are students—university housing2, students—non-university housing3 and employees4. Cases will be removed from this page once they meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria for symptom-based recovery5.

Active COVID-19 Cases

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 isolate6 until symptoms subside, in accordance with best practices. Johnson and Hardwick Residence Halls will be reserved as isolation space for students living in campus housing who test positive and need a place to isolate. Any person or persons who have had close contact7 with an infected individual will be notified and provided additional information on steps they should take, including self-quarantining8Positivity rate9 provides important context about overall case trends within a particular community.

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

Definitions

1Active 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—10 days following a positive test, as per CDC guidance—as well as the time it takes for the improvement of symptoms (in cases where the person was symptomatic).

2Students—university housing: This data set represents enrolled students who are living in university housing at the time they are tested for COVID-19. 

3Students—non-university housing: This data set represents enrolled students who are not living in university housing at the time they are tested for COVID-19.

4Employees: This data set represents all faculty and staff regularly working on a Temple University campus in the Philadelphia region at the time they are tested for COVID-19. 

5Recovered 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 10 days after the onset of symptoms and no sooner than 24 hours after symptoms cease.

6Isolate/isolation: The complete separation of an individual who is positive for COVID-19 from others who are not sick.

7Close 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.

8Self-quarantine: Defined as separating oneself from others and restricting movement for

  • 10 days from the most recent exposure, or
  • seven days from the most recent exposure if you have a negative SARS-CoV-2 test collected (and results received) at least five to seven days after exposure and no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. Quarantine cannot end prior to day seven (you may leave quarantine on day eight with a negative test and no symptoms).

In either case, continue to monitor for COVID symptoms for 14 days after the exposure.

9Positivity 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.

Historical COVID-19 Testing by Week

Time Frame

Total Tested by Week

Total Positives by Week

Percent (%) Positive

Total Positives in Housing by Week

3/10/20-8/9/20

701

35

4.99%

--

8/10/20

281

2

0.71%

--

8/17/20

3267

13

0.40%

6

8/24/20

1691

92

5.44%

6

8/31/20

2085

211

10.12%

15

9/7/20

1019

49

4.81%

16

9/14/20

944

46

4.87%

6

9/21/20

677

39

5.76%

0

9/28/20

1169

46

3.93%

0

10/5/20

1087

38

3.50%

1

10/12/20

1214

34

2.80%

1

10/19/20

1356

71

5.24%

1

10/26/20

1286

35

2.72%

5

11/2/20

1194

40

3.35%

2

11/9/20

1366

46

3.37%

3

11/16/20

4429

108

2.44%

6

11/23/20

580

44

7.59%

0

11/30/20

411

42

10.22%

0

12/7/20

485

25

5.15%

0

12/14/20

413

15

3.63%

1

12/21/20

125

9

7.20%

0

12/28/20*

252

4

1.59%

0

Total

26032

1044

4.01%

69

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.