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COVID-19 cases at ASU increase for third straight week

Positive cases among students increased by 20 while cases among employees decreased by five

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ASU students wait to get COVID tested in the SDFC Maroon Gym on the Tempe Campus, in Tempe, Arizona on Wednesday, August 26, 2020.

Active COVID-19 cases within the ASU community increased for the third straight week, the first time such a stretch has occurred since August.

On Monday, the University reported 251 active COVID-19 cases among students and employees, 15 more compared to last week's update.

ASU reported 221 active coronavirus cases within the student body, an increase of 20 cases. Active cases among faculty and staff dropped from 35 to 30.

Of the 221 students who have tested positive for COVID-19, 209 are living off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area. There are seven students in isolation on the Tempe campus and five students in isolation across the Downtown Phoenix, West and Polytechnic campuses.

The University has recorded a total of 1,215 positive COVID-19 cases among students and 406 among faculty and staff since Aug. 1. ASU has conducted a total of 69,611 tests since Aug. 2 which is a positivity rate of approximately 2.3%. 

ASU conducted a total of 1,328 random saliva tests from students and faculty from Nov. 8 to Nov. 14. Of the collected samples, 929 came from students and 399 came from faculty. Of the samples, 26 came back positive.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 2,774 new COVID-19 cases and no new deaths in the state Monday. Over 60% of Arizonans have been vaccinated, and over 4.3 million have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. 

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Kristen Apolline CastilloCommunity and Culture Editor

Kristen Apolline Castillo is the community and culture editor for The State Press. She has been working for the publication for two years, where she also reported for the desk.

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