UGA also for the first time reported hospitalization rates and recovery rates. The most recent hospitalization rate was 1% and the recovery rate was 93%, according to the website.
University leaders in recent weeks have urged students to follow social distancing recommendations and requirements to reduce the number of positive cases, particularly as the number of positive cases has declined at other Georgia higher education institutions, such as Georgia College and Georgia Tech.
The university has about 50,000 students and employees, second only to Georgia State University, which has about 54,000 students and nearly 5,700 employees last school year.
UGA President Jere Morehead urged students in a statement Wednesday to remain vigilant in taking measures to prevent infections.
“While this report indicates some positive and encouraging trends, COVID-19 remains a serious public health issue for our community, and we must not lose sight of that fact,” said Morehead. “I know that it sounds repetitious, but everyone must remain focused on making sound decisions each day. I urge students to remain vigilant: wear your masks, maintain your distance from others, and stay away from social venues where appropriate distancing is impossible to maintain. We must continue to work together in our campus and local community to flatten the curve and achieve sustained success over the next few weeks.”