COVID-19 Testing Results for Aug. 31-Sept. 6, 2020

Wednesday, Sep 9, 2020

Princeton University Health Services (UHS) reports the following results for COVID-19 testing from Aug. 31 through Sept. 6, 2020. These results represent asymptomatic testing for individuals not experiencing symptoms, as well as symptomatic testing for individuals experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. The University’s asymptomatic testing protocol is separate and distinct from symptomatic testing for individuals experiencing symptoms of illness. 

Test Results: Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Asymptomatic Testing

The asymptomatic testing protocol, which is part of the University’s public health plan to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, is required for members of the University community who have been approved to be and are physically on campus for at least 8 hours per week.

Please note the following data represent the total number of asymptomatic tests conducted from Aug. 31 to Sept. 6, not the number of unique individuals receiving the tests.


  • Number of tests: 267
  • Positive tests: 0

Graduate Students:

  • Number of tests: 1,922
  • Positive tests: 1

Faculty, staff and others:

  • Number of tests: 1,918
  • Positive tests: 0

Symptomatic Testing

University Health Services also reports the following tests of symptomatic individuals from Aug. 31 through Sept. 6.  

  • Total undergraduates tested at UHS: 1
    • Undergraduates testing positive: 0
  • Total graduate students tested at UHS: 1
    • Graduate students testing positive: 0
  • Total faculty and staff tests reported to UHS: 11 (2 tests pending)
    • Faculty and staff testing positive: 0

Isolation and Quarantine: Aug. 31-Sept. 6

The following numbers of University community members are in isolation or quarantine on campus. Isolation refers to separating people with symptoms of illness and/or who test positive for COVID-19. Quarantine refers to separating people who are, or may have been, exposed to a pathogen, but are not showing signs of illness. Quarantine may be required for people who may have been exposed because of close contact with someone who is ill and/or because of travel to a location with high risk for COVID-19.


  • Undergraduates in isolation: 1
  • Graduate students in isolation: 3


  • Undergraduate students in quarantine due to exposure: 0
  • Graduate students in quarantine due to exposure: 1
  • Undergraduate students in quarantine because of travel: 67
  • Graduate students in quarantine because of travel: 178

More Information

Students, faculty, staff and researchers who are approved to be physically on campus for at least 8 hours per week this fall are required to participate in the University’s comprehensive asymptomatic testing protocol. Frequent asymptomatic testing is used for screening and for mitigation. The main goals are to monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 among the on-campus population and thus enable the prompt isolation of anyone who is positive and the quarantine of their close contacts. In this way, the University will not only protect the health of those who live and work on-campus and its ability to sustain campus operations, but also reduce the risk of transmission within the larger community.

In addition, University Health Services continues to offer symptomatic testing for undergraduates and graduate students. Individuals who are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 (a fever greater than 100 F or 37.8 C, cough, shortness of breath or loss of taste or smell) should contact a medical provider. Undergraduate and graduate students may contact University Health Services at 609-258-3141.

Faculty and staff should contact their primary health care provider or local urgent care center. Employees and their dependents may also take advantage of the VitalCheck—Doctors In Your Office service.

All University community members, no matter where they live, are asked to email if they are tested for COVID-19 in any jurisdiction other than the University so UHS may begin contact tracing.