Active COVID-19 cases increase slightly

The ASU Desert Financial Arena will be one of the new COVID-19 vaccination sites indoors this summer

The University reported a total of 67 active COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, an increase of five cases since Monday's total of 62 active cases.

Of the cases, 63 are students and four are faculty and staff, according to the update. There are 58 active cases among off-campus students in the metropolitan Phoenix area, with four students in isolation on the Tempe campus. There is one active case on the Downtown Phoenix, West or Polytechnic campuses.

Since Jan. 1, the University has reported 2,028 cumulative COVID-19 cases out of the more than 81,025 tests administered in that time frame. ASU has had a positivity rate of roughly 2.5% since Jan. 1.

Of the cases since Jan. 1, students make up 1,704 and employees make up 324. The total number of cumulative COVID-19 cases since Aug. 1 is 6,536 within the ASU community.

ASU students, faculty and staff can now sign up through the ASU Health Portal to receive the one-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. 

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 670 new cases and 32 new deaths Thursday. The state reported that just over 2.4 million Arizonans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 

ASU's Phoenix Municipal Stadium COVID-19 state-run vaccination site will be relocating to ASU's Desert Financial Arena due to the increasing temperatures, starting April 12. 

“There is great teamwork and professional expertise in action at the state’s public vaccination sites and ASU is committed to playing our part and doing whatever is necessary to continue accelerating the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines,” said ASU President Michael Crow in a statement. “We all know that in Arizona it gets hot before the calendar says it’s summer, so we are pleased to put Desert Financial Arena to use as a new, indoor, air conditioned point of distribution."

To check appointment availability or to sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, go to the ADHS vaccine patient portal.


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