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Arizona State University reports 83 new coronavirus cases

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PHOENIX — Arizona State University reported 83 new coronavirus cases Thursday night, bringing the school’s total number of positive tests among students and staff since Aug. 1. to 1,385.

Among the cases, 96 are in isolation on the Tempe campus, where 9,575 students live, according to the university. There are an additional 505 positive cases that are in isolation off campus in the metro Phoenix area.

So far, 879 students and 142 faculty and staff members have been cleared to resume activities after previously testing positive for COVID-19.

Since Aug. 1, the university has collected approximately 50,533 test results from students and faculty.

An Arizona State spokesperson confirmed to KTAR News 92.3 FM Thursday that six students are currently facing suspension and additional consequences for COVID-related violations.

Four of the cases are for off-campus activities and the other two are for on-campus activities.

ASU President Michael Crow said Wednesday that the university would be shifting its coronavirus reporting model.

In a twice-weekly update, ASU would release the cumulative number of positive cases reported among students and staff as well as the “cleared positives,” instead of solely reporting active cases.

Crow told reporters in a press conference that the total number of positives isn’t entirely helpful when it comes to understanding the spread of the virus.

Rather, the number of cleared positives will paint a better picture of the viral spread on campus and help formerly infected students who have recovered return to normalcy.

On Thursday, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 406 new coronavirus cases and 22 additional deaths across the state, bringing Arizona’s totals to 207,002 COVID-19 infections and 5,273 deaths.

For all articles, information and updates on the coronavirus from KTAR News, visit ktar.com/coronavirus.

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