COVID-19 Dashboard

Yellow: New Normal Campus Operations

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Positive cases of COVID-19 among our University community are steady. Impacted individuals are isolating. Continue following public health guidelines.

Learn more about Operating Levels


Expectations for Fall 2021

On March 31, President Nathan Hatch, Provost Rogan Kersh and Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue shared a message sharing expectations for Fall 2021, including the assumption that improving public health conditions will enable a full offering of in-person classes on the Reynolda Campus.

Read the full March 31 message »


Campus Now in Yellow Operating Status

On March 12, President Nathan Hatch, Provost Rogan Kersh and Vice President for Campus Life Penny Rue shared a COVID-19 update announcing the return to Yellow Operating Status. Read the message »

On March 30, Wake Forest announced updates, including increasing gathering sizes and the opening of kitchens in residence halls. Read the message »


Learn more about the vaccine, where you can get it and how to let Wake Forest know you’ve received it here »

Mental Health & Wellbeing

If you (or anyone you care about) is struggling with the effects of the pandemic, please know that you are not alone. Help is here.

Asymptomatic Testing

Wake Forest is testing every undergraduate student weekly. Need more information? We’ve got your answers in our FAQs.

Family Visitation

Campus visitation has now been opened to parents and families of current students. Students who want their families to visit campus may request a Family Campus Access gate pass. Students will complete a form and then receive an email to forward to their family, who must display it at the gatehouse. Masks are required, social distancing must be maintained, and families are not permitted in any buildings on campus, including residence halls.

The University encourages families to follow the guidance of the CDC and limit travel unless it is deemed essential. Travel poses a risk of exposure to COVID-19 and may result in exposing our students and campus community to the virus. We also recommend that families consider following guidance from the CDC related to testing for COVID-19 before and after travel.

I feel sick. What do I do?

Students: Isolate and call Student Health Service at (336) 758-5218 for further guidance. (If you are living at home, contact your healthcare provider.) Here’s all the information about what you should do.

Faculty & Staff: Isolate yourself and do not come to campus. Contact the WFBH Faculty and Staff Clinic at (743) 223-4217. All the information is here.

Quarantine & Isolation

While we hope you don’t have to spend time in quarantine or isolation, Wake Forest has new resources available to help you understand the experience and what resources are available to you. See the new page here »

Residence Life & Housing updates

Move Out Process | Housing Selection

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.

Understanding This Dashboard:

  • This graph reflects the number of students tested for COVID-19 based on symptoms or possible exposure.
  • The numbers of administered tests and positive cases does not include any asymptomatic testing.

Understanding This Dashboard:

  • Random asymptomatic testing is conducted weekly across five relevant groups on campus. A weighted percent positive is calculated based on the percent each group represents of the total students who are available for testing.
  • This dashboard presents the number of students tested and the percent of COVID-19 prevalence on campus each week. The number of positives is not shown because of the weighted percent positive calculation based on the strata. 
  • This dashboard does not reflect tests given to symptomatic students, athletes, faculty, staff oversampled (targeted) or results shared through other testing protocols. See note below dashboard for total number of those tests.
  • The goal of this testing program is to track the spread of the virus among asymptomatic students, using random sampling to identify where additional testing or mitigation strategies are needed.
  • The first date of results for random testing in the spring semester was Feb. 1, 2021.
  • For the week of Feb. 15, 1,777 tests were discarded because of issues with delivery caused by inclement weather. As a result, they are not included on the dashboard.

COVID-19 Cases at Wake Forest

    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.