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Active COVID-19 cases slightly decrease among ASU students

Positive cases among employees increased by 20 while cases among students decreased by 29

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Pharmacist Trevor Lawrence fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in Desert Financial Arena in Tempe on Wednesday, May 19, 2021.

A total of 192 known positive cases among the student body population were reported at ASU, 29 less than what was recorded in last week's update. Active COVID-19 cases within the ASU community have decreased to 242 active positive cases since last Monday, according to the most recent University update.

Of the 192 students who have tested positive for COVID-19, 185 are living off campus in the greater Phoenix area. There are five students in isolation on the Tempe campus and two students in isolation across the Downtown Phoenix, West and Polytechnic campuses.

A total of 50 known positive cases among faculty and staff were reported in the latest update, an increase of 20 compared to last week.

The cumulative total of positive cases at ASU between students, faculty and staff since Aug.1 is now at 1,782. The University has collected more than 74,921 tests since Aug. 2 and has a positivity rate of roughly 2.4%.

ASU conducted a total of 1,507 random saliva tests from students and faculty from Nov. 15 through Nov. 21. Of these samples, 868 came from students and 639 came from faculty and staff. Of these random tests, 33 came back positive.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 3,249 new positive cases across the state along with two new deaths. Over 4.4 million Arizonans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, or 61.5%.

ASU students and employees can sign up to receive a vaccine through the Health Portal.

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Lauren KobleyCommunity Reporter

Lauren Kobley is a reporter for the Community and Culture desk at The State Press. She has previously interned with the Fountain Hills Times. 

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