IU-Bloomington has reported 17 positive cases of COVID-19 and announces new testing machines

IU-Bloomington reported 17 new positive cases of COVID-19 among faculty, staff and students from March 17-23, according to IU’s COVID-19 dashboard. Of these cases, 15 cases were from students and two from faculty and staff.

The number of cases has dropped since the last dashboard update, which was released ahead of spring break.

IU-Bloomington has announced that it will add machines that will dispense free COVID-19 drop test kits. The machines will be located in the circular walkway at the Indiana Memorial Union and in the center building of McNutt Quad.

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This week, vaccination remained at 94.9%. This number includes those who are fully or partially vaccinated. IU spokesman Chuck Carney said vaccination numbers can fluctuate slightly as people move in and out of the UI system.

UI does not require booster shot documentation, so no data for these shots is currently available. IU will offer $20 in Crimson Cash to those who report their college booster shot, according to IU’s COVID-19 website.

IU continues to recommend that everyone get vaccinated and have a booster shot. People aged 5 and over are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Adults ages 18 and older are eligible for a Moderna booster five months after their first set of two injections, and anyone ages 12 and older is eligible for a Pfizer booster five months after their first set of two injections. Adults aged 18 and over who have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine can receive a booster dose at least two months after their first vaccine.

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