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
- on-campus cases2,those in members of the Temple community in which the individual was in a Temple facility during the time they were infectious (either the individual reports being in a campus facility or was recorded swiping or tapping into a campus building). This may include students living in Temple housing or otherwise who have accessed university buildings;
- off-campus cases3, those in members of Temple’s community in which available information indicates that they reside adjacent to one of the university’s campuses, but are not known to have been in a campus facility during the time they were infectious; and
- non-campus cases4, those among the university community with no known campus impact. This includes people who are working or studying remotely and are not known to have been on a Temple campus while infectious.
Any member of the Temple community who tests positive for COVID-19 will be advised to isolate5 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 contact6 with an infected individual will be notified and provided additional information on steps they should take, including self-quarantining7 for 14 days.
Cases will be removed from this page once they meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria for symptom-based recovery8.
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.
Updated 9/25/2020 (3:28 p.m.)
Active cases, which are based on information from Temple Health labs and the Temple University Student and Employee Health Services Electronic Medical Record (EMR), will be updated on this site on a regular basis. These totals include testing done at non-Temple University locations.
COVID-19 Testing by Week
Total Tested by Week
Total Positives by Week
Percent (%) Positive
Updated 9/21/2020 (11:18 a.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
2On-campus case: An active COVID-19 case in a member of the Temple community in which the individual was in a Temple facility during the time they were infectious. In other words, the individual reported being in a campus building, or there is a record of the individual swiping or tapping in to any campus building. This may include students living in Temple housing or otherwise who have accessed university buildings.
3Off-campus case: Someone who is part of Temple’s community and available information indicates that they reside adjacent to one of the university’s campuses, but who is not known to have been in a campus facility during the time they were infectious.
4Non-campus case: Someone who is a member of the Temple community but there is no indication that they were on or residing adjacent to a Temple campus during the time they were infectious. This includes people who are working or studying remotely and are not known to have been on a Temple campus while infectious.
6Close contact: A person who is determined to have spent approximately 15 minutes or more within six feet of an individual with an active COVID-19 infection during the time the infected person was contagious. More information on guidelines regarding close contact is available at the CDC site.
7Self-quarantine: Separating oneself from others for a period of 14 days to closely monitor one’s own health for any symptoms of COVID-19 and obtain testing as necessary in the event exposure to COVID-19 is known or suspected.
8Symptom-based recovery: A period of at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours since the last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. Other symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath) must also have improved.