Embry-Riddle Releases its Latest Covid-19 Test Results
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is working to better understand vaccine eligibility rules as well as the timeline for getting more people vaccinated. Meanwhile, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this week rolled out a new resource, VaccineFinder.org, in an effort to help individuals locate and schedule vaccination appointments.
The current state of play is as follows:
The State of Arizona, where Embry-Riddle’s Prescott Campus is located, has vaccinated 95 percent of those in the Phase 1A category (healthcare workers, emergency responders, and long-term care facility staff and residents). The state has also vaccinated about 20 percent of those in the Phase 1B category, which includes educators (including university faculty), those over age 65 and others. So far, 19 Prescott employees have completed their vaccination series and are eligible for their Embry-Riddle “All Clear” badge.
We are working with the state and our healthcare partner in Arizona to offer on-campus vaccination clinics for those who are eligible. We have not been approved by the state yet, however, and currently there are no vaccines available because of recent weather-related shipment delays. We will make an announcement as soon as we can set a date for on-campus vaccination clinics.
In the State of Florida, where Embry-Riddle’s Daytona Beach Campus is located, vaccine eligibility and timelines remain less clear at this time. .
As of this writing, Florida is vaccinating state residents who are healthcare personnel with direct patient contact, long-term care facility residents and staff, those over age 65, and individuals whose hospital providers have judged them to be extremely vulnerable to Covid-19.
On Feb. 23, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was quoted in news reports as saying that the opening of four new federally supported vaccination sites in the state should make it possible to begin vaccinating “classroom teachers” and law enforcement officers, ages 50 and up, possibly as soon as next week.
We have been unable to learn whether the new “classroom teachers” category will include university faculty, or only K-12 teachers. We will continue to try and gain clarity.
We have learned that beginning on March 3, the Florida Vaccine Registration Site, https://myvaccine.fl.gov/, will be updated to include the new eligibility categories that Gov. DeSantis had announced during his Feb. 23 press event.
Embry-Riddle has emphasized that the Covid-19 vaccines are safe and effective. Everyone is urged to get vaccinated as soon as they can do so.
Vaccination resources for various areas:
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Veterans Affairs - (some veterans under age 65 are eligible)
- Community Health Services - Yavapai County, Arizona
- Arizona Department of Health Services
- Florida Health – Volusia County Immunizations
- Florida Vaccine Registration Site
- Florida Health - State of Florida
Other reminders –
If you are experiencing any symptoms of illness, stay in your living quarters. Do not attend classes or other activities. Do not show up at sentinel testing locations.
- On the Daytona Beach Campus, call Health Services, (386) 226-7917.
- On the Prescott Campus, call the Wellness Center, (928) 777-6653.
Latest Covid-19 Testing Results
Embry-Riddle’s latest results reflect the time-period Feb. 18-25, 2021. The following numbers are cumulative, gathered since our testing began on June 22, 2020:
DAYTONA BEACH CAMPUS (since June 22, 2020)
- 6,127 individuals tested by Embry-Riddle (screening & contact type)
- 3,184 individuals tested by Embry-Riddle (sentinel type)
- 271 cases confirmed positive by Embry-Riddle
- 153 other cases confirmed positive through external testing
- 1 previously confirmed case
Total Cases Confirmed to Date: 425
Total Cases Recovered/Cleared to Resume Activities: 401
Total Cases Active/Under Isolation: 24
NOTE: The numbers above are cumulative, compiled since June 22, 2020. On the Daytona Beach Campus, nine cases of Covid-19 were newly discovered during this past week (Feb. 18-25, 2021).
PRESCOTT CAMPUS (since June 22, 2020)
- 3,013 individuals tested by Embry-Riddle (screening & contact type)
- 824 individuals tested by Embry-Riddle (sentinel type)
- 45 cases confirmed positive by Embry-Riddle
- 80 other cases confirmed positive through external testing
- 5 previously confirmed cases
Total Cases Confirmed to Date: 130
Total Cases Recovered/Cleared to Resume Activities: 127
Total Cases Active/Under Isolation: 3
NOTE: The numbers above are cumulative, compiled since June 22, 2020. On the Prescott Campus, one new case of Covid-19 was newly discovered during this past week (Feb. 18-25, 2021).
WORLDWIDE CAMPUS (since June 22, 2020)
- 3 cases confirmed positive through external testing
- 3 previously confirmed cases
Total Cases Confirmed to Date: 6
Total Cases Recovered/Cleared to Resume Activities: 6
Total Cases Active/Under Isolation: 0
Only confirmed (not suspected) cases are reported. All confirmed cases are fully disclosed to the university community as well as all appropriate health authorities. Embry-Riddle’s Covid-19 test results are released every Friday. They are posted to our Latest Testing Results online site.
Visit Embry-Riddle’s Covid-19 page for further information about the university’s health precautions and safety requirements.