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UArizona preparing for new semester with COVID, monkeypox, flu threats

Aug 16, 2022, 4:25 AM
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PHOENIX — The University of Arizona begins its 2022-23 academic year on Monday and President Robert Robbins said the school is monitoring the prevalence of health risks such as COVID, monkeypox and the flu.

The Tucson university is offering on-campus testing for COVID and monkeypox. Students can also get a flu shot on campus.

“The pandemic is not over … though our situation is much improved over the start of last academic year,” Robbins said Monday during a virtual briefing on fall semester preparations. “While transmission of COVID-19 remains persistent around the nation, we have successfully navigated the past two years with continued innovation, support and cooperation from students, faculty and staff.

“We have the tools to continue our success and we know how to use them.”

Robbins said the university has heard from students and parents who have had monkeypox concerns since it’s the first semester since the viral infection’s mainstream arrival.

Only 14 cases have been reported in Pima County.

“Transmission of monkeypox is possible through everyday activities such as sharing utensils, linens and being in close proximity to respiratory droplets,” Robbins said.

“Transmission via contaminated surfaces is also possible, making hygiene even more important.”

Masks are optional on campus and will be available in all buildings and classrooms.

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