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Active COVID-19 cases decrease again after Monday's reported increase

There are 60 total active cases within the ASU community, according to Thursday’s update

Biodesign COVID Test

Joshua LaBaer, the director of the Biodesign Institute at ASU, explains the salvia test to a recipient of the test on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, outside State Farm Stadium in Glendale. 

Active COVID-19 cases in the ASU community have decreased again after Monday’s update showed a slight increase in cases.

An update from the University Thursday reported a total of 60 active cases on Thursday — six fewer cases since Monday's update. Of the active cases, 55 are students and the remaining five are employees. 

Currently, eight students are in isolation on the Tempe campus, and no students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, West or Polytechnic campuses. There are 47 cases off-campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.

The University has reported a cumulative total of 1,914 positive COVID-19 cases since Jan. 1, out of the 71,545 total tests administered.

Since Aug. 1, the University has reported a cumulative total of 6,419 positive COVID-19 cases.

The ASU community's percent positivity rate since Jan. 1 is roughly 2.67%, using the cumulative number of positive results as the numerator and the total number of tests collected as the denominator. The percent positivity rate represents the level of transmission of the virus and shows if the testing is effective.

Arizona Department of Health Services reported 284 new positive cases in Arizona on Thursday, along with 59 new reported deaths and 16,645 total deaths.

ADHS tweeted Thursday that cancellations throughout the week opened up 3,000 vaccine appointments at State Farm Stadium and 2,000 appointments at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. 

A corresponding tweet explained appointments at the state-run sites have become more available since pharmacies have started offering the vaccine.

According to ADHS, 1,692,112 people across Arizona have received at least one dose of the vaccine, which is approximately 23.5% of the state population. ADHS also reports 1,051,665 people in the state are fully vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new recommendations easing restrictions for individuals who have been fully vaccinated. But the University will not change any protocols involving face coverings, physical distancing and limitations on gatherings, according to an email statement Friday from University Provost Mark Searle and Chief Financial Officer Morgan Olsen.

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