Active COVID-19 cases continue to decrease

Since Aug. 1, just under 1,000 students, faculty and staff have reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus

Active COVID-19 cases at ASU have decreased by 49 to a total of 177, according to a University update Monday, a few days after the state hit a grim milestone of 20,000 COVID-19 deaths.

ASU reported a total of 148 known positive cases among the student body, 47 fewer than the number of active cases reported in last week's update.

According to the most recent University update, 133 of the active cases are off-campus students in the greater Phoenix area. Eleven students on the Tempe campus are in isolation, and four students between the Downtown, West and Polytechnic campuses are in isolation, too. 

A total of 29 known positive cases among faculty and staff were reported Monday in comparison to the 31 cases reported in the last update on Sept. 27. This puts the cumulative total of positive ASU cases between students, faculty and staff since Aug. 1 at 996. Since Aug. 2, the University has collected 43,268 tests, yielding a positivity rate of roughly 2.3%. 

Based on the weekly random testing results from Sept. 27 through Oct. 3, 1.17% of on-campus students who participated tested positive, 1.99% of off-campus student participants tested positive, and no employee participants tested positive between these dates.

This time last year, active cases among students and employees hovered around 100 before doubling a month later.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 2,113 new positive cases across the state along with zero new deaths. On Friday, the state hit a new milestone: Over 20,000 people in Arizona have died of COVID-19. Monday's report totaled 20,137 cumulative deaths and 1,104,535 cumulative cases since the pandemic began.

ADHS reported 58.7% of people in the state are vaccinated. ASU employees or students can sign up to receive a vaccine through the Health Portal.

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