COVID-19 response weekly update: Testing and dashboard updates

COVID-19 response weekly update: Testing and dashboard updates

August 31, 2020

Dear colleagues,

In my August 24 message, I provided updates on testing, the debut of our campus public health dashboard, and how tropical storms Marco and Laura might impact our COVID-19 response. Here’s some updated information on those subjects.

Testing. In response to Hurricane Laura, Rice ceased normal operations and classes last Wednesday evening and Thursday. We also conducted no testing that Thursday. Generally, test results have been provided within 24 hours, but last week for some tests it took longer than normal. Over four days last week we tested about 3,000 people. One person tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This week we are testing at our intended regular capacity of 1,000 PCR tests per day. We’ve been contacting the people we hope to test every week. But if you’ve not been contacted for a test and for any reason you feel you should be tested (if you’re on-campus and having sufficient contact with other people), you can sign up at and enter the code you received through your campus email.

Dashboard. Our new dashboard with testing statistics debuted last week on the COVID-19 website We’ve received some suggestions for improving it and we’ve implemented most of them, so please let us know if you have any ideas for how we can make the dashboard better.

Kevin Kirby
Chair of the Crisis Management Advisory Committee
Vice President for Administration