COVID-19 is one of the greatest public health challenges we are currently facing as a global community. With nearly 53 million cases worldwide, more than 10 million cases in the United States, and over 247,000 deaths in the United States, we continue to see cases surging, including on many college campuses. Yet, in spite of the virility of this pandemic, the Rensselaer community has managed to face this crisis with courage, determination, and ingenuity.
To their credit, our students, faculty, and staff have diligently followed our comprehensive health and safety protocols, which are detailed in our Return to Campus-Based Operations Plan. Strict community adherence to these protocols has enabled us to aggressively mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 on the Rensselaer campus. Thus far, we have conducted over 78,000 COVID-19 tests, with only 18 positive cases since August 1.
Our entire campus community has adapted to an ever-changing landscape, which has allowed us to continue to provide a safe and high-quality in-person living and learning experience for our students this semester.
I personally thank each and every person in the Rensselaer campus community for all you do, each day, to help protect one another and to fight this pandemic. As you will see in this video, the Rensselaer spirit is strong and leading the way.