‘All But One Turned Out To Be Negative’: Rice University Retests Dozens Of Students After COVID False-Positives

Days after Rice University delayed its first two weeks of classes due to a high number of students testing positive for Covid-19, the Houston, Texas-based college revealed that upon a retest of dozens of students, “all but one of those have turned out to be negative.”

According to an Aug. 22 letter to the campus community from VP for Administration Kevin E. Kirby, “anomalies” in the initial round of testing prompted the retests, after the university ramped up testing on Aug. 13 using three different test providers. Around 4,500 tests were conducted over a 9-day period, with 81 positive results – a sky high positivity rate of 2% which prompted the delay of in-person instruction.