BSC testing site

Sophomore psychology major Maria Sanchez checking in for a COVID-19 test at the Bone Student Center. The Bone is one of the on-campus testing sites available to all students. 

COVID-19 numbers continue to grow on Midwest college campuses. Illinois State University is still leading with over 1,300 positive cases as numbers increase.

The number of tests at other schools in the Missouri Valley Conference falls short when compared to the current nose-swab testing sites placed around the campus of Illinois State.

A map of Midwest college campuses being affected by COVID-19 have frequently been updated and tracked by The New York Times.

Missouri State University positive case numbers have shown they hold around 333 positive cases reported by The New York Times.

The university's enrollment is around 26,000 students. MSU started off school with 141 cases and doubled their numbers the second week which then added to the 524 cases since the first day, the Springfield News-Leader reported.

University of Iowa and Iowa State University have had more positive cases but compared to MVC schools, numbers have started to take control.

As for University of Evansville, Indiana State University and Valparaiso University, their number of students combined in enrollment hold around 20,000 students which equal the number of students at Illinois State University. Indiana University's positive case numbers are incomparable to the positive cases on the campus of ISU.

When it comes to universities in Illinois, Normal is the hot spot on the map for MVC schools. Loyola University, Bradley University and Southern Illinois University don’t even reach over 30 positive COVID-19 tests, according to The New York Times tracker.

University of Illinois numbers are growing, but at a slower pace. Almost reaching 800 positive cases in the fourth week of school, the testing sites are working to prevent vicious outbreaks on campus.

According to WGLT, the University of Illinois is still conducting salvia-based testing on campus, having up to 50,000 tests done per week. ISU is only testing around 1,500 students as of right now until the saliva-based test will be implemented on campus in 10 weeks.

John Baur, chemistry professor and lead coordinator for testing labs is preparing as well, as tweaking the saliva-based test being conducted at UIUC, hoping that the testing sites will be up and running in eight to ten weeks on the campus of Illinois State University.

MEGHAN FORTUNATO is a News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at mefortu@ilstu.edu. Follow her on Twitter at | @Meghanfortunato 


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