ASU Campus Coronavirus Cases Are Declining

TEMPE, AZ — Arizona State University is seeing a decline in active coronavirus cases across its campuses, even as the state sees an increase.

As of Thursday, the Tempe-based university reported 11 known positive cases among its faculty and staff, and 80 among its student population. The last update reported 13 additional student cases. The university has nearly 75,000 enrolled students.

The bulk of the cases came from off-campus students living in metro Phoenix, the university said. Just 19 are currently in isolation on the Tempe campus.

“Currently, there are no students in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses,” the university said in its update.

ASU offers free tests for anyone who wants one, and has also implemented random, required testing since Aug. 27 for students both on and off-campus, and for the school’s employees. Since the start of the fall semester, ASU has conducted 94,931 coronavirus tests.

While ASU is seeing its cases fall, Arizona is seeing them rise.

As of Friday, the state reported 975 new cases and six deaths from the virus. While hospitalizations and ventilator use remains low, the number of tests returning positive is increasing. It was 5.5 percent last week, up from 3.9 percent just a few weeks ago.

Approximately 235,882 confirmed cases and 5,865 deaths have occurred in Arizona since the start of the pandemic.

In her Thursday blog post, Dr. Cara Christ, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, encouraged Arizonans not to let down their guard as the pandemic drags on.

“The increased cases and percent positivity show that COVID-19 is still actively circulating and highlights the need for Arizonans to continue taking the important prevention steps they have been following over the past few months: wearing a mask when out in public, staying physically distanced from people who are not in your household, washing your hands frequently, avoiding large gatherings, and staying home when sick,” she wrote.

This article originally appeared on the Tempe Patch

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