Two UT-Austin Students Living on Campus Test Positive for COVID-19

31 students, faculty, and staff have tested positive or self-reported positive results since students started moving into dorms

Health precautions signage on campus at UT-Austin (Photo by John Anderson)

Two University of Texas at Austin students living on campus have tested positive for COVID-19. As first reported by UT's student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and later confirmed to the Chronicle by UT spokesperson J.B. Bird, infected students live at Jester and San Jacinto dorms. Bird confirmed close and secondary contacts have been notified per university protocol. (UT is following the Cen­ters for Disease Control and Prevention definition of "close contact," which means 15 minutes or more of exposure at a distance less than 6 feet from an individual who's tested positive.)

Those who have had close contact with the two students have been advised to self-quarantine, said Bird. Secondary contacts are also encouraged to volunteer for a saliva test through the university's proactive community testing strategy for those without symptoms. It's unclear how many contacts might have been exposed to the students; the Texan reported that at least two secondary contacts of the student living at San Jacinto were notified by email by University Housing and Dining.

According to UT's COVID-19 dashboard, 48 students, faculty, and staff have tested positive (or self-reported testing positive) for the novel coronavirus since the beginning of August, with 34 of those cases – 25 students and nine faculty/staff members – being reported since students started moving into on-campus dorms on August 17. Out of the 2,159 proactive test results reported last month, only one positive case of COVID-19 was confirmed.

Got something to say? The Chronicle welcomes opinion pieces on any topic from the community. Submit yours now at

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

More University of Texas at Austin
UT Student Government Slowly Implodes
UT Student Government Slowly Implodes
Half the exec board is gone, and the remaining members face removal next semester

Skye Seipp, Dec. 24, 2021

"Cops Off Campus" Activists Keep Pressure on UT
Student org continues call to remove UTPD following West Campus shooting

Skye Seipp, Nov. 12, 2021

More by Beth Sullivan
Qmmunity: Editor Beth Sullivan's Queer Goodbye
Qmmunity: Editor Beth Sullivan's Queer Goodbye
Closing the chapter with OUTsider Fest and more queer events

Feb. 18, 2022

Clerk Contenders Look to Build on DeBeauvoir’s Legacy
Clerk Contenders Look to Build on DeBeauvoir’s Legacy
Limon-Mercado, Lockhart vying to be county’s next elections official

Feb. 18, 2022


University of Texas at Austin, COVID-19, The Daily Texan, Jester Residence Hall, San Jacinto Residence Hall

One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Keep up with happenings around town

Kevin Curtin's bimonthly cannabis musings

Austin's queerest news and events

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle