Majority of UArizona courses remain online despite coronavirus decline

Sep 21, 2020, 4:00 PM | Updated: 5:22 pm
(Facebook Photo/The University of Arizona)...
(Facebook Photo/The University of Arizona)
(Facebook Photo/The University of Arizona)

PHOENIX —  The University of Arizona on Monday said it will only continue to only offer essential in-person classes through at least Oct. 2 despite a recent decline in coronavirus cases.

“This is out of an abundance of caution. We obviously, over the last couple of weeks, saw a great spike in cases,” President Robert Robbins said during a weekly briefing.

On Friday, UArizona reported 79 positive cases out of 1,299 tests, which amounted to a 6.1% positivity rate. Friday’s positivity rate was down from the previous week’s 8.8% rate.

The university’s seven-day average for coronavirus cases peaked Sept. 16 with 181 cases.

Since Aug 4, the university has reported a total of 2,030 infections.

UArizona categorizes essential in-person classes as research labs, medical courses, and fine arts and performing arts studios. More than 5,000 students are currently attending essential in-person classes while all other courses remain in an online setting.

Students who live on-campus or in the surrounding Tucson area have been asked to shelter-in-place until Sept. 29 to mitigate the spread of coronavirus after the university saw a sharp increase in cases.

The university currently has 324 students in isolation on campus. No new students were admitted to isolation housing over the weekend and 100 students were able to return to their traditional housing assignment.

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Majority of UArizona courses remain online despite coronavirus decline