LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 30, 2021) — In an ongoing effort to promote trust and transparency, the University of Kentucky continues to update its COVID-19 data dashboard twice a week.
In response to feedback from the community, earlier this month, UK increased the frequency with which the dashboard is updated; it was previously updated once a week.
The dashboard provides a snapshot of the current impact of COVID-19 on the UK campus. It also displays the institution’s progress in vaccinating members of the community.
Currently, vaccination rates for the UK community stand as follows:
- Community Overall - 87.0%
- Faculty - 93.8%
- Staff - 89.3%
- Students - 84.5%
- UK Campus - 85.6%
- UK HealthCare - 90.8%
In addition to vaccine rates segmented by the populations above, information on the dashboard includes:
- Number of active, new and recovered COVID-19 cases among UK students
- Number of active, new and recovered COVID-19 cases among UK employees
- Number of students in isolation facilities
- Number of UK-collected tests, positive results and negative results for students
- Number of UK-collected tests, positive results and negative results for employees
UK officials and health experts continue to emphasize that vaccines are the best defense against the COVID-19 pandemic; continued progress with vaccines, as reflected on the dashboard, will bring the community closer to the residential experience that distinguishes a UK education.
“Vaccines are the most effective and safest tool to protect against serious illness from COVID-19. They are the best hope — without question — for us to continue our return to the campus life and experience we all want,” UK President Eli Capilouto said in an email to campus on Sept. 24. “We have begun to enjoy this experience more with our students, faculty and staff this semester because of our rising numbers of vaccinated community members. Our progress is undeniable. Our goal is to continue to find ways to build upon that momentum.”
As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.
In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.