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Active COVID-19 cases drop once again

The number of known active coronavirus cases within the ASU community dipped below 100 for the first time since October

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Students walk around the Tempe campus during move-in on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020.

After starting the school year with 900 active COVID-19 cases in the ASU community, the number of known positive infections has continuously decreased since Jan. 11. 

The University reported a total of 99 active cases on Monday, down 17 cases since Thursday. Of the active cases, 87 are students and the remaining 12 cases are employees. 

Currently, four students are in isolation on the Tempe campus, and two students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, West or Polytechnic campuses. There are 81 cases off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.

The University has reported a cumulative total of 1,837 positive COVID-19 cases since Jan. 1, out of the 58,717 total tests administered. 

Since Aug. 1, the University has reported a cumulative total of 6,342 positive COVID-19 cases. 

The ASU community's percent positivity rate is roughly 2.6%, 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.    

From Feb. 22 to 28, the University randomly tested 893 students, with only two testing positive for COVID-19. No faculty who were randomly selected tested positive.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 1,039 new positive cases in Arizona on Monday, along with no new reported deaths. 

Arizona, while slipping in the national ranking of seven-day average case count, still ranks sixth in the nation for average daily deaths per 100,000 in the last seven days, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention COVID tracker.

ADHS announced Monday that vaccination appointments will now open to adults aged 55 and older at two of its state-run sites — Phoenix Municipal and State Farm stadiums — assisted by ASU. Around 50,000 appointment slots will open Tuesday at noon and people can sign up on the state's website.

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Ellie BorstExecutive Editor 2021-22

Ellie Borst is the executive editor of The State Press, overseeing the publication and its four departments: online, magazine, multimedia and engagement. She plans to graduate in May 2022 with her master's in legal studies and got her bachelor's in journalism in 2021. Previous roles she has held since joining SP in 2018 include digital managing editor, magazine managing editor, community and culture desk editor, and arts and culture reporter.

Wyatt MyskowProject Manager

Wyatt Myskow is the project manager at The State Press, where he oversees enterprise stories for the publication. He also works at The Arizona Republic, where he covers the cities of Peoria and Surprise.

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