UT Austin COVID-19 Dashboard

The UT COVID-19 dashboard will be retired on July 1, 2022. The dashboard served as a valuable tool to monitor the presence of COVID-19 in the campus community. However, with the evolution of our testing strategy to include more home self-test kits, an overall decrease in the demand for testing on campus and waning self-reports of positive results, the dashboard is no longer representative of cases within the UT and surrounding community.

Austin Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to publish the most current local COVID-19 data, which incorporate cases from UT Austin. It is notable that, throughout the pandemic, UT Austin trends followed closely with those in Austin, Texas and nationwide.

We will continue to monitor local conditions and adapt campus guidance when necessary.


Definitions

Proactive Community Testing: Screening of asymptomatic individuals within the UT community with no known exposure.

UT Austin Clinical Testing: Testing done at University Health Services and UT Health Austin for UT students, faculty and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19 or are asymptomatic close contacts identified through contact tracing.


About the Dashboard

The UT COVID-19 Test Results Dashboard is the result of collaborative efforts by University Health Services, UT’s Occupational Health Program, UT Health Austin, the High Throughput Testing Core in the UT Center for Biomedical Research Support (CBRS), Dell Medical School, and Austin Public Health. Data reflects all test results confirmed or reported as of the time stamp shown at the bottom of the dashboard. The average turnaround time (i.e., the time between when the sample is collected to when test results are reported) is currently under 24 hours for testing performed at UT (including clinical testing of symptomatic individuals and asymptomatic contacts at University Health Services and UT Health Austin and Proactive Community Testing (PCT) on the UT campus).

All clinical positive cases from Proactive Community Testing, University Health Services, and UT Health Austin are included in the Austin Travis County dashboards maintained by Austin Public Health.

Why are cases added retrospectively?

Multiple data sources feed into our dashboard and we update the dashboard nightly. So there are times when we must retroactively add cases to a previous date due to a gap between when the test results were reported and when the data was shared with us. For example, a student or employee may self-report their positive case to us, but the results were reported to that individual and Austin Public Health several days prior. Reporting the data by the date on which the results were confirmed provides a more accurate reflection of infections than if we were to report by the date on which the university learned about the confirmed case.