COVID-19 Dashboard

Yellow: New Normal Campus Operations

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On-campus COVID-19 cases have been confirmed. Impacted individuals are isolating. Check health and temperature daily, wear face coverings and practice physical distancing. Comply with limitations for gathering sizes and social interactions.

Learn more about Operating Levels

Campus Health Update, Sept. 28

  • Our positive results are a reflection of the vigilance of our community to adhere to public health guidelines — wearing face coverings, staying six feet apart, gathering in small groups and washing hands.
  • What is isolation? Isolation refers to an individual who has experienced symptoms of COVID-19 or is infected with COVID-19. That individual is placed in a living situation so they don’t transmit the virus to others. The isolation period for COVID-19 is 10 days because the majority of people will stop shedding the virus after 10 days from the onset of symptoms or the positive test, if they are asymptomatic.
  • What is quarantine? Quarantine refers to an individual who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19. That individual is put in a living situation where they are mostly by themselves, so that if they were to get COVID-19 during their period of quarantine, they wouldn’t transmit it to other people. The quarantine period is 14 days. Quarantine is longer because it includes the incubation period for COVID-19 as well as the period of time that virus might be shed if the person develops the infection.
  • Wake Forest University follows the guidelines for isolation and quarantine established by the Centers for Disease Control, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Forsyth County Health Department.

Watch Dr. Chris Ohl, an infectious disease expert, talk about isolation and quarantine, including why you can’t test out of quarantine.


Current Status

We remain in our yellow 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. Community compliance with public health measures, capacity of resources to mitigate risk and the situation in our community all inform the University operating level.


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. The dashboard will be updated each weekday.
NOTES: 1) Positive cases are reported based on the date of the test, meaning the dashboard will reflect updates on past days. 2) All cases on the “Asymptomatic Sample Testing” dashboard are reflected in this dashboard.

The first date of results was Sept. 3, 2020. This dashboard will be updated weekly. 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.

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.


    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.

  • What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

    Isolation refers to an individual who has experienced symptoms of COVID-19 or is infected with COVID-19. That individual is placed in a living situation so they don’t transmit the virus to others. The isolation period for COVID-19 is 10 days because the majority of people will stop shedding the virus after 10 days from the onset of symptoms or the positive test, if they are asymptomatic.

    Quarantine refers to an individual who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19. That individual is put in a living situation where they are mostly by themselves, so that if they were to get COVID-19 during their period of quarantine, they wouldn’t transmit it to other people. The quarantine period is 14 days. Quarantine is longer because it includes the incubation period for COVID-19 as well as the period of time that virus might be shed if the person develops the infection.

    Wake Forest University follows the guidelines for isolation and quarantine established by the Centers for Disease Control, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Forsyth County Health Department.

  • Why can’t individuals test out of quarantine?

    Quarantine must last 14 days because it includes the incubation period for COVID-19 as well as the period of time that virus might be shed if the person develops the infection. While in quarantine, it is possible that an individual could go on to get COVID-19 and test positive within the 14-day quarantine period. If you test on day two, you could still become positive on day five. Even if you feel healthy, symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

    The guidelines that Wake Forest University adheres to are from the Centers for Disease Control, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the Forsyth County Health Department.

  • Why can’t individuals quarantine with friends?

    Many times, individuals are asked to quarantine because they have been exposed to a person who is known to be positive for COVID-19. If an individual quarantines with friends, that person is in a living situation with other people who may be exposed to the virus and the odds of infection go up considerably. If that happens, the quarantine period actually gets longer because the 14-day period starts from the last time an individual is in contact with a person who has tested positive.

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.

Random 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 programs 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.

Learn more about Random Testing »