UArizona to allow more students on campus starting next week

Oct 19, 2020, 2:00 PM
(Facebook Photo/University of Arizona)...
(Facebook Photo/University of Arizona)
(Facebook Photo/University of Arizona)

PHOENIX — The University of Arizona will increase in-person class sizes starting Oct. 26, the university announced on Monday.

Flex in-person classes of 50 or fewer will have the option of beginning in-person instruction next week.

Currently, only classes of 30 or fewer “that were designated as in-person courses at the start of the fall semester” are allowed to meet on campus, according to a press release.

The university also said the effects of efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus are beginning to be seen.

Between Oct. 8 and Oct. 17, 44 positive COVID-19 tests were recorded out of 6,867 administered at UArizona, resulting in a .06% positivity rate.

A COVID-19 testing blitz for students and employees is planned beginning Nov. 9 as a way to keep cases down ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Three types of tests — nasal swab antigen and PCR tests to detect active infections and blood-draw antibody tests — will be offered.

In an effort to reduce travel and potential COVID-19 spread, students are encouraged to complete their fall semester remotely if they travel outside of Tucson for Thanksgiving.

UArizona announced last week that it has canceled next year’s spring break in an effort to reduce travel that could spread coronavirus. Instead of a week off, the university plans to spread out five “Reading Days” across the 2021 spring semester.

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UArizona to allow more students on campus starting next week