Active positive coronavirus cases within ASU community decrease to 146

Compliance among students and faculty to complete daily health checks is nearly 90%, and 13,500 have been tested since Aug. 27

Active COVID-19 cases within the ASU community have decreased to a total of 146 as of Oct. 5, according to a University update posted online Monday. 

The total number of active cases among students has decreased by 22 since last Thursday's update when the University reported 162 cases. Active student cases have decreased to 140, and active employee cases have increased to six. 

There are 103 cases off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area, 29 in isolation on the Tempe campus and the remaining eight cases are on the Downtown Phoenix, West and Polytechnic campuses. 

ASU has reported 1,929 cumulative cases within its community since Aug. 1. Students make up 1,890 of those cases, and employees account for 39. 

Cumulative cases have increased by 41 since Thursday's reported cumulative total of 1,888 cases. 

ASU has collected approximately 75,827 tests from students and employees since Aug. 1. The University has tested 64% of on-campus students and 24% of off-campus students since the start of the semester, according to the update. 

The ASU community's percent positivity rate is roughly 2.5%, using the number of positive results as the numerator and the total number of tests collected as the denominator. 

Since Aug. 27, the University has conducted 13,500 random tests of students and employees. According to a University spokesperson, 85% of students and 94% of employees have been compliant with completing daily health checks.

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Random test results from Sept. 27 to Oct. 3 show 10 on-campus students tested positive, resulting in a positivity rate of 1.45%. Tests among off-campus students returned six positives, resulting in a positivity rate of 0.31%. Zero employees tested positive with a random test during those seven days. 

The University also reported Monday 1,995 students and 156 employees had been rolled off the active case list after meeting guidelines to return to campus. The University does not require those who test positive to test negative before returning to campus, per guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that influence University policy. 

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 316 new positive coronavirus cases and one more death Monday, bringing the state totals to 221,070 total cases and 5,707 deaths across the state. 

The University does not specify if there have been any hospitalizations or deaths of ASU students or faculty in its report.

President Donald Trump, who contracted the coronavirus late last week, was admitted to Walter Reed Hospital for treatment Friday and was discharged Monday. Upon his dismissal, he told Americans "don't be afraid of COVID" and to not let it "dominate" their lives. 

The U.S. surpassed 210,000 coronavirus-related deaths as of Monday.

Wearing face masks, frequently washing hands and social distancing can all help slow the spread of the virus. If you begin to feel symptoms of COVID-19, the CDC recommends staying home, avoiding public transportation and contacting those you may have exposed. The University offers free testing at multiple locations using the ASU Health Services patient portal for both students and employees. 

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly labeled what the compliance percentage was for due to source error. The article has been updated to reflect the change.


Reach the reporter at pjhanse1@asu.edu and follow @piperjhansen on Twitter. 

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