Important COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 Dashboard FAQs

The information provided in the FAQs is updated on a weekly basis to reflect the most recent developments in scientific thinking available. Don’t see an answer to a question you have? Please e-mail your question to and we’ll do our best to find and post an answer to it in these FAQs.

  • Who is included in the positive case count?

    Current positive case count is the current number of students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 and reported their results to Student Health Services, Human Resources, or campus directors. The cumulative positive case count is the total number of students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 since August 13th, 2020. Employee and non-residential student data is collected through self-report. Crete campus student data is collected through Student Health Services in partnership with the local health department and local testing sites.

  • How does a positive case become “recovered”?

    A positive case becomes recovered after 10 days of isolation from the onset of symptoms, and may be released from isolation if their symptoms have improved and they have had no fever, without the use of medication for at least 24 hours. Negative test results are not included at this time.

  • Why doesn’t the dashboard display a positivity rate for testing?

    Student Health Services is currently following a symptom-based model which involves mainly testing students who are symptomatic of COVID-19. Fewer individuals being tested and many individuals testing being symptomatic leads to a higher positivity rate. Therefore, the positivity rate is not as useful in determining risk compared to a model with increased testing capacity.

  • How does the dashboard move from color (or risk level) to another?

    The color (or risk level) that the dial is set to each week is determined by multiple factors. Each Thursday, the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Team including multiple leaders across campus, meets to report data from their area. The data used to evaluate risk is both qualitative and quantitative. While the number of cases is an important factor, there are many other risk factors that contribute to the color you see identified on the dial.

  • What risk factors does the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Team evaluate?

    This COVID-19 Risk Assessment Team collects both qualitative and quantitative data. While the number of cases is an important factor, there are many other risk factors that contribute to the color you see identified on the dial. The risk factors evaluated each week are listed below, however there may be additional relevant information taken into consideration as new risks are identified.

    Quantitative Measures:

    • Current Positive Cases
    • Recovered Cases
    • Weekly Case Growth
    • Number of Pending Tests (awaiting results)
    • Number of Students Quarantined
    • Number of Students Isolated
    • On-campus Isolation Occupancy
    • Percentage of Athletic Teams Isolated/Quarantined
    • Personal Protective Equipment and Sanitation Supplies Available
    • Number of Student Compliance/Concern Reports
    • Number of Employee Compliance/Concern Reports
    • Number of Safety Incidents
    • Community Risk Dials for Saline County, Lancaster County, and Douglas County

    Qualitative Measures:

    • Student and Employee Mental Health
    • Upcoming On-campus Events
    • Upcoming Community Events
    • Upcoming Athletic Events
    • Student and Employee Behaviors
    • Student and Employee Concerns
    • Remote Learning/Working Infrastructure
    • Status of Local Public School Systems
    • Status of Colleges/Universities in the Region
    • Local, State, and Federal Health Directives
    • Relevant Current Events
  • Who is on the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Team?

    The COVID-19 Risk Assessment Team is responsible for providing insights into operations throughout the year and making regular recommendations on operational posture based on environmental conditions, behavioral compliance, and health and wellness outcomes. Led by the Director of COVID-19 Operations, the risk assessment team also includes:

    • Athletic Director
    • Director of Facilities Operations
    • Manager of Events and Custodial Services
    • Student Congress Senator
    • Director of Institutional Effectiveness
    • Director of Human Resources
    • Public Safety Director
    • Director of Residence Life and Education and Chief Judicial Officer
    • Senior Communications Manager
    • Chief of Staff, President’s Office
  • What is Doane University doing to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission on campus?

    Doane University has taken steps to lower the risk to personal safety by requiring masks, managing campus traffic flow, and creating environments that encourage physical distancing. Each week, the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Team reviews current risk levels and makes recommendations to adjust campus operations and protocols in response. Some individuals are at a higher risk for becoming severely ill due to COVID-19 and need to take extra precautions. You can find more information about people at increased risk on the CDC website.