Dear UVM Community:

As you are aware, there has been a recent increase in coronavirus infections in Chittenden County and throughout the region.

Not surprisingly, the university has also seen a recent increase in the number of coronavirus infections. Of the 10,705 student tests administered last week, a total of 27 tested positive. All have been notified and are in isolation. Contact tracing has also been completed. Those identified as close contacts are in quarantine. In addition, one faculty and seven staff members tested positive last week.

It is worth noting that despite the increase in positive cases, the university’s positivity rate from last week remains low relative to the rate in the state. The 27 student cases translate to a positivity rate of 0.25%, compared to the state’s 1.6%.

Let’s all do our part to help keep the positivity rate as low as possible.

As always, the university’s weekly testing report is available at


Gary Derr

Vice President for Operations and Public Safety


Gary Derr, VP for Operations and Public Safety