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Illinois State University begins its weekly surveillance testing, available to all students, outside of Schroeder Hall.

As of Wednesday, over 50 Illinois State University students are confirmed to be included in the recent coronavirus reports of McLean County positive cases. 

According to university officials, many of the positive cases from ISU students are from the past week. This includes seven students testing positive between Aug. 1 and Monday as well as eight employees contracting the virus. 

At least 54 ISU students have tested positive since the beginning of summer, including more than 30 athletes. Due to 31 student athletes testing positive in the latest round of COVID-19 tests, ISU athletics has suspended activities in five different sports. 

These reports come as ISU has expanded its testing methods earlier this week, allowing students who are not showing symptoms to get tested on Schroeder Plaza. 

ISU Media Relations Director Eric Jome said that ISU is planning to launch an online dashboard that will constantly be updating the university's positive cases and will be shared with the public. 

"[The dashboard] is still being developed and we're getting close to being able to launch something here hopefully pretty soon," Jome said. 

ISU officials are also currently talking with University of Illinois in Urbana officials to explore ways to expand U of I's saliva-testing method and bring it to ISU's campus. 

"We're going to be in on-going communication with U of I about ways we might be able to implement [its testing] in the near future when that's ready to be launched further," Jome said. 

KELLIE FOY is News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at  Follow Foy on Twitter at @kellie_foy 

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