Just over a week into the spring semester, Arizona State University, Grand Canyon University and the University of Arizona are recording relatively few COVID-19 cases, according to data released by each institution.
University of Arizona started its term with a positivity rate well below 5%, which is considered an indication that spread is under control. Grand Canyon University’s known positive cases have increased slightly since the end of the fall semester, but still remain at or under 100.
However, Northern Arizona University’s positivity rate has risen to nearly 7%, and Arizona State University’s is at 5.6%.
In comparison, Arizona’s percent positivity last week was 20% and the week prior was 22%, according to the state. The state’s seven-day, new-case average ranked first among all states Sunday, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“NAU is reinforcing that we are in this together and that students, faculty, and staff must wear masks, physically distance, use good hygiene, and avoid large gatherings,” the university wrote on its website.
ASU reports 5.4% positivity rate during first week back
Arizona State University reported 600 known positive cases among its 74,500 students in a university data update Monday.
ASU also reported 163 cases among its 21,400 employees.
That number was down from data released the first day of classes, Jan. 11, when the university reported 900 positive cases considered active. Of those, 728 were students and 172 were employees.
Latest data shows ASU tested approximately 72% of on-campus students and 12% of off-campus students since Jan. 1.
With 1,099 positive cases out of 20,092 tests since Jan. 1, ASU has a positivity rate of 5.4% this semester. A rate of 5% or less is a good benchmark that the spread of the virus is under control.
UA starts semester with 1.7% positivity rate
The University of Arizona, which started classes on Jan. 13, reported 194 positive test results out of the 11,713 tests performed in the last 10 days as of Monday night.
This latest update reflected a 1.7% positivity rate.
The university reported 3,646 tests returned positive out of the 127,198 tests administered since Aug. 4, reflecting a 2.9% positivity rate over the course of the fall semester and into spring.
UA hit its peak the week of Sept. 13 with 880 positive cases, but it saw a stabilized decrease throughout the end of the fall term. From the weeks of Sept. 27 through Nov. 22, positive cases remained under 100 per week.
NAU semester starts with positivity rate of 6.7%
Northern Arizona University ended its fall semester with a positivity rate of 4.5% and has continued to increase since spring data was first released on Jan. 3.
In the week of Jan. 3, NAU reported 97 known positive cases out of 1,781 tests, reflecting a positivity rate of 5.4%.
In the week of Jan. 10, with classes starting Jan. 11, positive cases increased to 100 out of 1,495 tests, a positivity rate of 6.7%.
GCU: Continuing with fall trend, spring starts with only 72 cases
Grand Canyon University reported 72 positive cases considered active as of Monday. Of these, 66 are students and six are employees.
Since Jan. 1, there have been 131 positive COVID-19 cases connected to the GCU campus community. Of those, 108 are students and 23 are employees, data shows. Classes began on Jan. 11.
It was not possible to determine a positivity rate for GCU as the university does not release numbers of tests performed.
Ever since surpassing the 1,000 mark in cases in late November, GCU sawa stabilization in its number of active cases.
GCU ended its fall semester Dec. 20 with only 28 active COVID-19 cases on campus: 23 students and five employees.
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