Covid-19 outbreaks at Fresno State affect community health


Courtesy Tribune News Service

This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, isolated from a patient in the U.S., emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab.

By Dylan Gonzales, Reporter

Fresno State lifted its indoors mask policies in March 2022, but COVID-19 is still active across the campus, according to university data that show an abundance of positive test results.

The California State University’s vaccine requirement is still in effect, and professors are able to enforce a mask policy in their classes as well.

From the start of last semester to March 1 of this year, there have been 534 reported cases of COVID-19 on campus, according to the university website. The most common locations for positive cases are the library, Kremen School of Education and Human Development and Social Sciences.

McLane Hall, Science II and the University Student Union also saw a significant number of cases throughout the school year.

In 2023, the library recorded 19 cases as of March, 19 in McLane Hall, 18 in the Social Science Building, 17 in the Kremen School of Education and Human Development, 14 in Science II, 13 in the Family and Food Science Building and 12 in Science I.

Jan. 23 and Feb. 13 had the most cases in a single day, with 10 each.

After a slight increase in COVID-19 cases in December, Fresno County’s weekly average has dropped from 411 in December to 90 as of March 1.

During Fresno County’s COVID-19 peak in January 2022, it averaged nearly 3,000 positive tests daily, according to information provided by the New York Times.

Nationally, the number of cases is also going down. Similar to Fresno, the peak was in January 2022, where the average reached as high as 805,000 compared with just over 30,000 cases per day this ryear.