UT Austin COVID-19 Dashboard


Definitions

Proactive Community Testing: Screening of asymptomatic individuals within the UT community with no known exposure. This test uses a saliva based collection method.

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.


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.