Auburn University is reporting 517 Covid-19 positive cases among students and staff across its campuses between Aug. 22 and Aug. 28. The main campus is reporting 498 in total among students and staff. No hospitalizations have been reported.
Dr. Fred Kam, director of the Auburn University Medical Clinic, said the spike was expected. He had initially estimated the number of positive cases to be closer to 700.
"These are relatively young healthy people, and they are going to socialize. They've done that, they've gone from, you know, two to three weeks of them interacting with each other and not always taken all the preventive measures, something that we keep pushing and educating about, but it's a challenge," Dr. Kam said.
According to data published by Auburn, the stats are based on individuals who self-reported their positive results.