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


  • We remain in Orange Status, so please continue being vigilant in following public health guidelines and using SneezSafe.
    • How did we get here? Our experts point to eating and drinking with friends and going out to bars and restaurants. When the masks come off, the virus spreads.
    • What’s the key to turning things around? Don’t crowd around the picnic tables on campus and avoid crowded bars and restaurants. Cooperate with contact tracers and enter isolation and quarantine protocols quickly.
    • What’s next? So far, the number of positive cases has dropped, but that does not guarantee the spread has been controlled. Be conscious of wearing masks and stay safe this weekend, and expect an update early next week.
  • What else is required in Orange?
    • DINING: We recommend take-away dining options only. Indoor sit-down eating is discouraged; there is a maximum of two people per table. Off campus, avoid frequenting crowded bars and restaurants. Wear a mask, except when you are actively eating.
    • GATHERING LIMITS: Keep indoor gatherings to 10 people and outdoor gatherings to 25 people (and wear a mask whenever others are around). Social distancing requirements, especially in residence halls, will limit that number further.
    • EVENTS: Club and organization events should be held virtually. Small group meetings may take place with proper social distancing and masks, however, there should be no eating at such meetings.
    • TESTING: More students will be tested weekly through standard asymptomatic testing and by using contact tracing and data analysis to identify other groups.
    • QUARANTINE: Contact tracing has helped us get ahead of the spread by moving students quickly into quarantine. This has been key to the overall health of our community.
    • MOVEMENT: On- and off-campus travel should be only for essential activities like, grocery shopping and individual voting. We also ask that you avoid frequenting crowded bars and restaurants.

Be a Deac with a plan

For those traveling when the semester ends, the last thing you want to take home is the virus. Play it safe and smart in the coming weeks to limit potential exposure. You recently received an email with recommendations and best practices for leaving campus and traveling safely. Make a plan, stick to it and enjoy the holiday season you’ve more than earned.

Staying Orange & Travel Tips

Dr. Chris Ohl, an infectious disease expert at Wake Forest Baptist Health, gives a COVID-19 status update for Wake Forest University and discusses how to make a successful plan for transitioning away from campus.

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.

Asymptomatic Testing

Have you been selected for testing and need more information? Or maybe you’ve been selected more than once and want to know how sampling is done? We’ve got your answers in our FAQs.

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 interact on the Reynolda Campus and have known positive, laboratory-verified test results reported to the university. Affiliate employees are included in the faculty/staff totals.
  • The dashboard will be updated each weekday.
  • Positive cases are reported based on the date of the test, meaning the dashboard will reflect updates on past days.
  • All cases on the “Asymptomatic Sample Testing” dashboard are reflected in this dashboard.

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:

  • The first date of results was Sept. 3, 2020.
  • This dashboard shows known, verified tests through the University’s testing of asymptomatic students. It does not reflect tests given to symptomatic students, faculty or staff or results shared through other testing protocols.
  • This dashboard shows a mix of truly random and oversampled subsets of the student population.
  • 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.

Isolation and Quarantine

  • Impact: Students have been in quarantine or isolation more than 1,400 times this semester.
  • Success: Those numbers show that Wake Forest’s plan for logging symptoms in SneezSafe and aggressively contact tracing is working to mitigate the spread of the virus. The cooperation of students has been essential.
  • Fact and fiction: Learn more about the procedures for isolation and quarantine, get your frequently asked questions answered and see Dr. Chris Ohl discuss why these two processes are so important to stop the spread of the virus.

“Students’ willingness to report an exposure or a positive test also allows us to quickly test and isolate or quarantine to reduce the spread of illness. Continuing these efforts is essential.” — Joanne Clinch, physician at Wake Forest Student Health

“Think about all the subsequent transmissions that are being eliminated by effectively using the SneezSafe application that we have… This actually has a huge impact … really being able to detect folks with symptoms is the single biggest thing that can have an impact right now on reducing transmission on campus.” — Lucy D’Agostino McGowan, assistant professor of statistics at Wake Forest

What is coming in future iterations of the dashboards?

We are committed to adding features to the dashboards that help you understand important information about the presence of the virus in our community. Share your thoughts with us about what data would be helpful to your daily life at Wake Forest.

Asymptomatic Testing

Wake Forest will randomly test several hundred students each week to monitor the spread of COVID-19 among the student population. The goal of random testing program is to identify where additional testing or mitigation strategies are needed. A team of infectious disease experts will analyze our results and make recommendations to the administration.

Our FAQs address how sampling is done and what you need to know if you’ve been selected »

    Frequently Asked Questions

  • What was the cause of the rapid increase in positive cases on campus?

    Our experts believe that the increased infections on campus are caused by casual interactions with friends, social gatherings associated with some student organizations, and going out to bars and restaurants. Given this information, we can adjust our behavior in spaces where we know that spread is most likely to occur.

  • How do we move back to the Yellow Operating Status?

    After 10 days, we will re-evaluate how the virus is affecting our community.

    • Should we be able to regain control of the pace of the spread, we may be able to return to our Yellow Status.
    • Should we not see a downturn in positive cases, we will consider implementing additional precautionary measures, such as installing curfews, reducing access and availability of Reynolds Gym, and eliminating indoor recreational sports.
    • Should the virus rate escalate rapidly, we will take more immediate action. The evaluation period could also result in needing to move our community to Red Status — Reduced Contact Campus Operations

    Please continue to protect yourself and others from exposure to COVID-19, and practice all public health precautionary measures. Wear a mask, except when you are actively eating; maintain six feet of distance between you and other people; wash your hands frequently; and avoid in-person gatherings.

    If you are experiencing symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to someone known to have tested positive for COVID-19, report that in the SneezSafe tool. If you have already completed SneezSafe for the day, please contact Student Health Service at 336-758-5218.

  • 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.