24 September 2020: Durham email states “We have a small number of individual Covid-19 cases within our student community”, from Twitter.
3 October 2020: Durham Van Mildert College: “one member of our Van Mildert College Freshers’ Representatives team has today tested positive for COVID-19.” Source: Internal email.
5 October 2020: Durham University begin publishing statistics. As of 4 October, they had 76 students and 3 staff test positive.
6 October 2020: “In the seven days up to Sunday, October 4, 69 students and one member of staff had reported positive tests. The latest figures take the total number of reported cases to 79 – 76 among students and three staff.” Northern Echo.
8 October 2020: “As of Wednesday 7 October, we have had the following numbers of reported coronavirus cases amongst our staff and students: New reported cases in last 7 days: 3 staff, 219 students. Total reported cases since the beginning of Term 1: 5 staff, 251 students.” Durham.
8 October 2020: “All students living at St Mary’s and Collingwood Colleges have been told not to leave campus for the next seven days, following an increased number of Covid-19 cases.” Palatinate.
23 October 2020: Durham University: “Despite a steady decrease in cases, Durham University has the fifth highest number of total Covid-19 cases of all UK universities, and the highest number of cases as a percentage of staff and students, according to data compiled by the University and College Union (UCU). Around 7.5% of students and staff have reported having Covid-19 to the University, higher than any other university, based on available information. A total of 1,745 cases of Covid-19 have been reported to the University by students and staff as of 22nd October. 377 cases were reported over the last week, including nine staff.” Palatinate.
26 October 2020: Durham: “The latest figures released by the university as part of its weekly update on cases, show a total of 516 students and nine members of staff tested positive between October 15 and 22. This is a drop in cases after 958 students and six members of staff tested positive for the virus in the previous week. It brings the total number of cases to 1,745 since the start of term, with 20 cases among staff and 1,725 among students.” Northern Echo.