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ASU reports 480 positive cases among students and staff

Posted at 10:16 PM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-29 16:45:48-04

TEMPE, AZ — Arizona State University is reporting 480 positive cases among students and staff as they partner with Mayo Clinic to try and mitigate spread in the community.

ASU says since August 1 they have received test results for about 37,149 students and employees.

The university says they have invented testing technology and built health check apps with "extensive protocols" to manage the spread of coronavirus.

The university is reporting 28 known positive results among faculty and staff comprising a .2% positivity rate and 452 positives among students with a .6% positivity rate.

According to ASU, more than 50 percent of the positive results are off-campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area and 205 are currently isolated on the Tempe campus.

ASU says they are taking steps to manage coronavirus cases:

  • "All positive cases are in isolation, per CDC guidelines
  • Contact tracing efforts implemented for close contacts (per CDC, a close contact is defined as being less than 6 feet away for 10 minutes or more) with instructions for quarantining
  • Scientific investigation of test results and virus transmission on and off campus has been initiated
  • Continued and strengthened enforcement of ASU Community of Care standards and physical distancing protocols
  • Using the daily health check application to monitor students and employees for COVID-19 symptoms"