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Cal Poly updates COVID-19 dashboard to show number of COVID-positive students — not just total positive tests

Cal Poly’s COVID-19 Dashboard now includes the number of students who have tested positive for COVID-19 after university officials updated it with new categeories Friday, Jan. 14. Before the update, the dashboard showed the total number of COVID-positive tests performed. Now, the dashboard also breaks down the number of individual on- and off-campus students who […]

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Armstrong says ‘21,000+ students’ got tested. Cal Poly’s COVID-19 dashboard doesn’t agree

In his latest email to the Cal Poly community, President Jeffrey Armstrong addressed concerns about in-person classes amidst a COVID-19 spike — but data he referenced contradicts data on the university’s own COVID-19 Dashboard.  Armstrong’s Jan. 13 email noted how “[t]he university tested all 21,000+ students within approximately one week of their arrival.”  Cal Poly’s […]

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Cal Poly community petitions for safety protocols after week one COVID blunders

One week into winter quarter, Cal Poly community members are petitioning for safer COVID-19 policies after what they say is university administration’s mishandling of its worst coronavirus surge yet.  The petition garnered more than 2,960 signatures in just a few days, including university employees, students, parents, alumni and community members. It cites a main issue […]

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Record-high number of Cal Poly students test positive for COVID-19

Three days into the new year, more students have tested positive for the coronavirus through Cal Poly’s COVID-19 testing program than ever before, according to the university’s COVID-19 Dashboard. On Sunday, Jan. 2, Cal Poly reported a record-high of 81 positive tests out of 1,939 total tests performed. Cal Poly students made up about 39% […]

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Update: Cal Poly requires COVID-19 booster shot, testing during first week back on campus

Students accessing campus are required to test for COVID-19 during the first week of winter quarter regardless of vaccination status, Cal Poly President Jeffrey Armstrong announced in a campus-wide email Wednesday afternoon. Pre-arrival tests will not be accepted, Armstrong said. The testing schedule is as follows: Unvaccinated students January 2-3: Unvaccinated students (those with medical […]

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Winds push wildfire smoke away from San Luis Obispo after a weekend of dim skies

The Windy Fire and KNP Complex fires burning through Sequoia National Park sent wildfire smoke into the Central Coast beginning Thursday, although officials said wind patterns began pushing smoke away from San Luis Obispo starting Monday. On Thursday, winds blowing southwest sent wildfire smoke to Santa Barbara County from the 88,068-acre Windy Fire and the […]

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COVID-19 is surging in San Luis Obispo County. Is it safe for Cal Poly to reopen?

The risk of spreading the delta variant is a concern for immunocompromised students. The delta variant is more contagious and harmful than other strains of COVID-19 — as universities return to normal operation in the middle of the pandemic. Vaccinated students also have the ability to still pass on the virus to others.Historically, a vast […]