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Active COVID-19 cases within ASU community decrease to 298

A email sent to ASU employees allows them to sign up for a potential 'last-minute COVID-19 vaccination opportunity'

Biodesign COVID Test
Volunteers collect test tubes from people who have completed the ASU Biodesign saliva test on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, outside State Farm Stadium in Glendale.

Active COVID-19 cases at ASU continue to decrease, according to a Monday update from the University

ASU reported a total of 298 active cases in the update, 86 fewer than the number of active cases reported Thursday.

There are 224 active cases among off-campus students in the greater Phoenix area, and 14 active student cases on the Tempe campus, who are in isolation. There are only three active cases between the Downtown, West and Polytechnic campuses. Employees make up the remaining 57 cases.

This puts the cumulative number of positive ASU cases since Jan. 1 at 1,714 out of 41,962 tests administered since then.

Since Aug. 1, ASU has reported 6,219 positive cases. Using data through Aug. 1 of last year, the University community has a percent positivity rate of roughly 2.8%.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 2,250 positive cases across the state along with seven new deaths. This puts Arizona at a total of 782,887 cumulative cases and 14,055 cumulative deaths. 

According to an email sent to ASU employees by University Provost Mark Searle and Chief Financial Officer Morgan Olsen, workers can submit a survey stating whether they have been vaccinated or not. If they have yet to receive a vaccine, they can choose to be "contacted by phone if we have a last-minute COVID-19 vaccination opportunity" to potentially receive a dose.  

ASU received authorization to administer 1,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine weekly and opened a vaccination site on the Tempe campus Jan. 22. 

While vaccine supplies are limited, the University plans to vaccinate as many members of its community as it can, the email said. 

Arizona has administered a vaccine to a total of 841,018 residents. In the state, 161,324 of them have received both doses, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris virtually visited the State Farm Stadium vaccination site, where ASU is a partner. Biden and Harris spoke to ASU's Brittney Hayes, the head charge nurse at the vaccination point-of-distribution site at stadium.

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Lauren KobleyCommunity Reporter

Lauren Kobley is a reporter for the Community and Culture desk at The State Press. She has previously interned with the Fountain Hills Times. 

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