The clinic will be the fourth pop-up testing site the county has hosted. The CCCHD and the city of Springfield partnered to host three clinics throughout the month of July.
As of Friday, Wittenberg reported 86 active cases of the virus on campus, according to their website. The university reported its first case about two weeks ago.
Patterson said one thing particularly troubling about the outbreak at Wittenberg is the amount of “close contacts” each positive case has. Close contacts are identified through the contact tracing of a positive case.
A close contact is defined as “anyone who was within six feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated,” according to the CDC.
“A normal person, when we do contact tracing, might have three to five contacts on average,” Patterson said. “But unfortunately, with these students when Wittenberg has done contact tracing we are seeing 10 to 15 contacts, per student, which is why you are seeing it spread so rapidly.”
Wittenberg President Michael Frandsen joined Gov. Mike DeWine’s press conference on Thursday to discuss this point. He said the university has been able to determine the spread of the virus has been taking place “in residential areas and social gathering, not in the classroom or dining halls.”
“We have about 60 houses adjacent to campus that anywhere from three to five students live in, so we are fortunate in that we aren’t seeing spread in our dormitories. We are seeing the spread in those residential housing units, neighbors to neighbors, block to block,” Frandsen told DeWine.
The university held a free mass-testing event on Wednesday with the help of the Ohio National Guard and in partnership with the CCCHD. At the event, 446 people were tested for the virus, Frandsen said.
“We got those results back. It looks like there are about 30 people who are positive from that. Hopefully, now we know the extent of that so we can start to slow the spread of that on campus,” Patterson said.
Wittenberg moved temporarily to remote learning Tuesday with plans to resume in-person classes on Sept. 21.
Clark County had 1,579 cases, 33 deaths and two probable deaths of the coronavirus as of Friday afternoon, according to Ohio Department of Health.
Ohio reported 135,326 total cases and 4,403 deaths of the coronavirus on Friday, according to ODH. Between Thursday and Friday, the state reported 1,240 new cases and 49 new deaths – both of which are above the 21-day average of 1,061 and 21.
Facts & Figures:
1,579: Total cases of the coronavirus in Clark County
33: Confirmed coronavirus deaths in Clark County
86: Active cases at Wittenberg University