COVID-19 Dashboard

Orange: Modified Campus Operations

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Confirmed on-campus COVID-19 cases have increased. Impacted individuals are isolating. Continue following public health guidelines.

Learn more about Operating Levels

Understanding The Dashboards: At times, there may be discrepancies in our dashboard counts
because of the timing of the data refresh, self-reported tests and status changes of cases.

Understanding This Dashboard:

  • COVID-19 cases reported on this dashboard include faculty, staff and students who are interacting on the Reynolda Campus and have known positive, laboratory-verified test results reported to the university. It does not include pre-arrival testing. Affiliate employees are included in the faculty/staff totals.
  • The dashboard will be updated each weekday.
  • The dashboard numbers reset as of Jan. 1, 2021.
  • Positive cases are reported based on the date of the test, meaning the dashboard will reflect updates on past days.


    Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why does the University not share the total number of tests administered?

    Test results come to the University from a variety of sources and are administered under a variety of conditions. Individuals have sought tests when they develop symptoms, when they fear they may have been exposed, when they are notified through the contact tracing process that they may have been exposed, as part of the University’s asymptomatic random testing program, and through asymptomatic scheduled testing of student-athletes. Planned updates to the dashboard will provide the number of tests administered by the University and distinguish between tests administered to a random student population and tests administered for other reasons.

    It is important that students notify the Student Health Service as soon as possible if they plan to get tested by an outside medical provider and not wait for the results of that test before informing the University. Faculty and staff should contact the Faculty/Staff Clinic. Medical practitioners can provide valuable guidance before seeking a test, and prepare a more informed public health response. Greater awareness of all tests administered will increase the value of this dashboard.

  • Why does the University currently not share the number of students in isolation or quarantine?

    The University has not yet published the total number of individuals in isolation or quarantine as these numbers do not accurately reflect COVID-19 virus prevalence in our campus community. The number of individuals in isolation does not reflect the number of COVID-19 cases on campus. Individuals who are tested for COVID-19 because they are ill are isolated while waiting for their test results. Many of those in isolation will not have COVID-19 and will be released from isolation after their medical provider has determined they are not ill with COVID-19. Students who are in quarantine for an exposure to someone with COVID-19 may not develop infection, but are placed in quarantine to protect others in case they do develop infection. Quarantine helps reduce the potential spread of infection, but the number of individuals in quarantine also does not reflect the prevalence of COVID-19 in our community.

  • How many positive cases are required before the University changes its operating status?

    The University’s operating status is not determined solely by the number of positive cases but several factors that help explain the prevalence and nature of COVID-19 spread at Wake Forest. Dr. Chris Ohl, an infectious disease expert at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, shares why there is no set number that triggers an operational change.

    Community compliance with public health measures, capacity of resources to mitigate risk and the situation in our community all inform the University operating level. Any decision to move to a different level of operating status (from Yellow to Orange, for example) will be made in close consultation with public health experts.

State and County dashboards

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services updates its dashboard daily. Detailed information about different data points, as well as information about how data is defined and collected, can be accessed by clicking on the links provided on the page.

The Forsyth County Department of Public Health maintains a dashboard that is updated on weekdays as part of its COVID-19 information. Its COVID-19 helpline is available at 336-582-0800.