ASU's COVID-19 Management Strategy & Data

ASU's COVID-19 Management Strategy & Data

ASU's COVID-19 Management Strategy & Data Update

Updated: May 3, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. 

ASU provides weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Over the summer, approximately 1,000 students will be living on campus and ASU will continue to provide weekly updates EACH MONDAY on its COVID management practices and data. Influenced by factors associated with summer break and a decrease in campus activity, we anticipate the potential for some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU will continue to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to students and will continue its random, required testing of students who are living on campus and have not yet been vaccinated.  

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including receiving a vaccine, wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options. ASU also has on-campus vaccine sites for students, faculty and staff, and members of the public. 

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 5 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.02% confirmed positive. That compares with 4 in our last update.
  • 60 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.08% confirmed positive. That compares with 76 in our last update.
    • 59 of the 60 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 1 is in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 5,666 students live.
    • There are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 617 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 295 students live on the ASU West campus; and 415 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 04/26 - 05/02 = 118
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.85 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,227
    • Positives = 120
    • Percent Positive = 1.66 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 04/26 - 05/02 = 173
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,017
    • Positives = 70
    • Percent Positive = 1.00 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 04/26 - 05/02 = 143
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 9,325
    • Positives = 56
    • Percent Positive = 0.60 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 90,026 (previously 89,059) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 88 percent of students living on campus and about 29 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,879 (previously 1,869)
  • Faculty and staff: 339 (previously 338)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,007 (previously 5,997)
  • Faculty and staff: 719 (previously 718)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,644 (previously 2,614)
  • Faculty and staff: 433 (previously 432)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,737* (previously 6,707)
  • Faculty and staff: 791** (previously 791)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for May 3, 2021 is 652. The seven-day trailing average is 727.4. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU a Leader in Vaccinating the Community

ASU opened an on-campus COVID-19 vaccination site in late January, focusing on health/lab workers, older employees and those in high-public-contact positions on campus. That has since expanded to all employees, and in early April the university opened vaccination appointments to all on-campus ASU students. The student appointments are available on all four campuses in metro Phoenix.

Staff, faculty and students can sign up for an appointment via My Health Portal; they are also welcome to sign up for vaccination through the Arizona Department of Health Services for any public point of distribution site.

On April 12, in cooperation with Arizona Department of Health Services, ASU opened a new indoor COVID-19 public vaccination site on its Tempe campus at Desert Financial Arena. The Desert Financial Arena site is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments continue to be required and can be accessed through the ADHS website at azhealth.gov/findvaccine.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency.  
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

ASU's COVID-19 Management Strategy & Data Update Archive

April 29, 2021

Updated: April 29, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including receiving a vaccine, wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options. ASU also has on-campus vaccine sites for students, faculty and staff, and members of the public. 

  • Arizona cases have increased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 4 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.02% confirmed positive. That compares with 7 in our last update.
  • 76 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.1% confirmed positive. That compares with 91 in our last update.
    • 71 of the 76 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 5 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 7,487 students live.
    • There are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 827 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 404 students live on the ASU West campus; and 597 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 04/19 - 04/25 = 87
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 1.15 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,008
    • Positives = 117
    • Percent Positive = 1.67 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 04/19 - 04/25 = 117
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 6,736
    • Positives = 69
    • Percent Positive = 1.02 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 04/19 - 04/25 = 88
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 9,103
    • Positives = 56
    • Percent Positive = 0.62 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 89,059 (previously 88,032) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 88 percent of students living on campus and about 27 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,869 (previously 1,851)
  • Faculty and staff: 338 (previously 336)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,997 (previously 5,979)
  • Faculty and staff: 718 (previously 716)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,614 (previously 2,580)
  • Faculty and staff: 432 (previously 428)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,707* (previously 6,673)
  • Faculty and staff: 791** (previously 786)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for April 29, 2021 is 881. The seven-day trailing average is 743.1. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU a Leader in Vaccinating the Community

ASU opened an on-campus COVID-19 vaccination site in late January, focusing on health/lab workers, older employees and those in high-public-contact positions on campus. That has since expanded to all employees, and in early April the university opened vaccination appointments to all on-campus ASU students. The student appointments are available on all four campuses in metro Phoenix.

Staff, faculty and students can sign up for an appointment via My Health Portal; they are also welcome to sign up for vaccination through the Arizona Department of Health Services for any public point of distribution site.

On April 12, in cooperation with Arizona Department of Health Services, ASU opened a new indoor COVID-19 public vaccination site on its Tempe campus at Desert Financial Arena. The Desert Financial Arena site is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments continue to be required and can be accessed through the ADHS website at azhealth.gov/findvaccine.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency.  
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

April 26, 2021

Updated: April 26, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including receiving a vaccine, wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options. ASU also has on-campus vaccine sites for students, faculty and staff, and members of the public. 

  • Arizona cases have increased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 7 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.03% confirmed positive. That compares with 8 in our last update.
  • 91 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.12% confirmed positive. That compares with 98 in our last update.
    • 82 of the 91 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 8 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 7,730 students live.
    • One student is in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 865 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 408 students live on the ASU West campus; and 619 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 04/19 - 04/25 = 87
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 1.15 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,008
    • Positives = 117
    • Percent Positive = 1.67 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 04/19 - 04/25 = 117
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 6,736
    • Positives = 69
    • Percent Positive = 1.02 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 04/19 - 04/25 = 88
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 9,103
    • Positives = 56
    • Percent Positive = 0.62 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 88,032 (previously 87,011) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 88 percent of students living on campus and about 26 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,851 (previously 1,841)
  • Faculty and staff: 336 (previously 336)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,979 (previously 5,969)
  • Faculty and staff: 716 (previously 716)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,580 (previously 2,548)
  • Faculty and staff: 428 (previously 427)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,673* (previously 6,641)
  • Faculty and staff: 786** (previously 785)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for April 26, 2021 is 750. The seven-day trailing average is 719.1. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU a Leader in Vaccinating the Community

ASU opened an on-campus COVID-19 vaccination site in late January, focusing on health/lab workers, older employees and those in high-public-contact positions on campus. That has since expanded to all employees, and in early April the university opened vaccination appointments to all on-campus ASU students. The student appointments are available on all four campuses in metro Phoenix.

Staff, faculty and students can sign up for an appointment via My Health Portal; they are also welcome to sign up for vaccination through the Arizona Department of Health Services for any public point of distribution site.

On April 12, ASU opened a new indoor COVID-19 public vaccination site on its Tempe campus at Desert Financial Arena. The Desert Financial Arena site is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments continue to be required and can be accessed through the ADHS website at azhealth.gov/findvaccine.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency.  
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

April 22, 2021

Updated: April 22, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including receiving a vaccine, wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options. ASU also has on-campus vaccine sites for students, faculty and staff, and members of the public. 

  • Arizona cases have increased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have been steady since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 8 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.04% confirmed positive. That compares with 10 in our last update.
  • 98 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.13% confirmed positive. That compares with 97 in our last update.
    • 89 of the 98 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 8 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 7,939 students live.
    • One student is in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 931 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 426 students live on the ASU West campus; and 649 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 04/12 - 04/18 = 217
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent Positive = 0.92 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 6,932
    • Positives = 115
    • Percent Positive = 1.66 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 04/12 - 04/18 = 258
    • Positives = 6
    • Percent Positive = 2.33%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 6,625
    • Positives = 70
    • Percent Positive = 1.06 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 04/12 - 04/18 = 223
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.45 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 9,023
    • Positives = 56
    • Percent Positive = 0.62 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 87,011 (previously 85,584) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 88 percent of students living on campus and about 26 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,841 (previously 1,808)
  • Faculty and staff: 336 (previously 334)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,969 (previously 5,936)
  • Faculty and staff: 716 (previously 714)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,548 (previously 2,522)
  • Faculty and staff: 427 (previously 424)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,641* (previously 6,615)
  • Faculty and staff: 785** (previously 782)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for April 22, 2021 is 649. The seven-day trailing average is 648.4. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU a Leader in Vaccinating the Community

ASU opened an on-campus COVID-19 vaccination site in late January, focusing on health/lab workers, older employees and those in high-public-contact positions on campus. That has since expanded to all employees, and in early April the university opened vaccination appointments to all on-campus ASU students. The student appointments are available on all four campuses in metro Phoenix.

Staff, faculty and students can sign up for an appointment via My Health Portal; they are also welcome to sign up for vaccination through the Arizona Department of Health Services for any public point of distribution site.

On April 12, ASU opened a new indoor COVID-19 public vaccination site on its Tempe campus at Desert Financial Arena. The Desert Financial Arena site is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments continue to be required and can be accessed through the ADHS website at azhealth.gov/findvaccine.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency.  
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

April 19, 2021

Updated: April 19, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including receiving a vaccine, wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options. ASU also has on-campus vaccine sites for students, faculty and staff, and members of the public. 

  • Arizona cases have increased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have increased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 10 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.05% confirmed positive. That compares with 7 in our last update.
  • 97 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.13% confirmed positive. That compares with 98 in our last update.
    • 85 of the 97 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 12 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 7,965 students live.
    • No students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 937 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 428 students live on the ASU West campus; and 652 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 04/12 - 04/18 = 217
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent Positive = 0.92 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 6,932
    • Positives = 115
    • Percent Positive = 1.66 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 04/12 - 04/18 = 258
    • Positives = 6
    • Percent Positive = 2.33%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 6,625
    • Positives = 70
    • Percent Positive = 1.06 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 04/12 - 04/18 = 223
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.45 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 9,023
    • Positives = 56
    • Percent Positive = 0.62 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 85,584 (previously 83,904) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 88 percent of students living on campus and about 26 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,808 (previously 1,779)
  • Faculty and staff: 334 (previously 329)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,936 (previously 5,907)
  • Faculty and staff: 714 (previously 709)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,522 (previously 2,486)
  • Faculty and staff: 424 (previously 420)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,615* (previously 6,579)
  • Faculty and staff: 782** (previously 778)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for April 19, 2021 is 692. The seven-day trailing average is 602.4. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU a Leader in Vaccinating the Community

ASU opened an on-campus COVID-19 vaccination site in late January, focusing on health/lab workers, older employees and those in high-public-contact positions on campus. That has since expanded to all employees, and in early April the university opened vaccination appointments to all on-campus ASU students. The student appointments are available on all four campuses in metro Phoenix.

Staff, faculty and students can sign up for an appointment via My Health Portal; they are also welcome to sign up for vaccination through the Arizona Department of Health Services for any public point of distribution site.

On April 12, ASU opened a new indoor COVID-19 public vaccination site on its Tempe campus at Desert Financial Arena. The Desert Financial Arena site is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments continue to be required and can be accessed through the ADHS website at azhealth.gov/findvaccine.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency.  
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

April 15, 2021

Updated: April 15, 2021 @ 9:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including receiving a vaccine, wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options. ASU also has on-campus vaccine sites for students, faculty and staff, and members of the public. 

  • Arizona cases have increased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have increased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 7 known positives among 21,412* faculty and staff, which is 0.03% confirmed positive. That compares with 5 in our last update.
  • 98 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.13% confirmed positive. That compares with 81 in our last update.
    • 86 of the 98 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 12 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,023 students live.
    • No students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 941 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 427 students live on the ASU West campus; and 656 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 04/05 - 04/11 = 156
    • Positives = 4
    • Percent Positive = 2.56 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 6,702
    • Positives = 113
    • Percent Positive = 1.69 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 04/05 - 04/11 = 256
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent Positive = 1.17%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 6,361
    • Positives = 64
    • Percent Positive = 1.01 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 04/05 - 04/11 = 180
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 8,795
    • Positives = 55
    • Percent Positive = 0.63 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 83,904 (previously 82,419) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 88 percent of students living on campus and about 25 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,779 (previously 1,742)
  • Faculty and staff: 329 (previously 326)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,907 (previously 5,870)
  • Faculty and staff: 709 (previously 706)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,486 (previously 2,458)
  • Faculty and staff: 420 (previously 418)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,579* (previously 6,551)
  • Faculty and staff: 778** (previously 776)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for April 15, 2021 is 460. The seven-day trailing average is 750, as of April 13. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU a Leader in Vaccinating the Community

ASU opened an on-campus COVID-19 vaccination site in late January, focusing on health/lab workers, older employees and those in high-public-contact positions on campus. That has since expanded to all employees, and in early April the university opened vaccination appointments to all on-campus ASU students. The student appointments are available on all four campuses in metro Phoenix.

Staff, faculty and students can sign up for an appointment via My Health Portal; they are also welcome to sign up for vaccination through the Arizona Department of Health Services for any public point of distribution site.

On April 12, ASU opened a new indoor COVID-19 public vaccination site on its Tempe campus at Desert Financial Arena. The Desert Financial Arena site is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments continue to be required and can be accessed through the ADHS website at azhealth.gov/findvaccine.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency.  
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

April 12, 2021

Updated: April 12, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including receiving a vaccine, wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options. ASU also has on-campus vaccine sites for students, faculty and staff, and members of the public. 

  • Arizona cases have increased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have increased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 5 known positives among 21,412* faculty and staff, which is 0.02% confirmed positive. That compares with 4 in our last update.
  • 81 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.11% confirmed positive. That compares with 63 in our last update.
    • 71 of the 81 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 10 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,038 students live.
    • No students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 940 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 428 students live on the ASU West campus; and 659 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 04/05 - 04/11 = 156
    • Positives = 4
    • Percent Positive = 2.56 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 6,702
    • Positives = 113
    • Percent Positive = 1.69 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 04/05 - 04/11 = 256
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent Positive = 1.17%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 6,361
    • Positives = 64
    • Percent Positive = 1.01 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 04/05 - 04/11 = 180
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 8,795
    • Positives = 55
    • Percent Positive = 0.63 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 82,419 (previously 81,025) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 88 percent of students living on campus and about 25 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,742 (previously 1,704)
  • Faculty and staff: 326 (previously 324)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,870 (previously 5,832)
  • Faculty and staff: 706 (previously 704)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,458 (previously 2,435)
  • Faculty and staff: 418 (previously 417)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,551* (previously 6,528)
  • Faculty and staff: 776** (previously 775)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for April 12, 2021 is 675. The seven-day trailing average is 761. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU a Leader in Vaccinating the Community

ASU opened an on-campus COVID-19 vaccination site in late January, focusing on health/lab workers, older employees and those in high-public-contact positions on campus. That has since expanded to all employees, and in early April the university opened vaccination appointments to all on-campus ASU students. The student appointments are available on all four campuses in metro Phoenix.

Staff, faculty and students can sign up for an appointment via My Health Portal; they are also welcome to sign up for vaccination through the Arizona Department of Health Services for any public point of distribution site.

On April 12, ASU opened a new indoor COVID-19 public vaccination site on its Tempe campus at Desert Financial Arena. The Desert Financial Arena site is open daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments continue to be required and can be accessed through the ADHS website at azhealth.gov/findvaccine.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency.  
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

April 8, 2021

Updated: April 8, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options.

  • Arizona cases have increased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have increased slightly since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 4 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.02% confirmed positive. That compares with 5 in our last update.
  • 63 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.08% confirmed positive. That compares with 57 in our last update.
    • 58 of the 63 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 4 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,050 students live.
    • One student is in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 940 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 432 students live on the ASU West campus; and 664 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 03/29 - 04/04 = 252
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent Positive = 1.19 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 6,538
    • Positives = 109
    • Percent Positive = 1.67 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 03/29 - 04/04 = 318
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent Positive = 0.94%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 6,100
    • Positives = 61
    • Percent Positive = 1.00 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 03/29 - 04/04 = 231
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 8,613
    • Positives = 55
    • Percent Positive = 0.64 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 81,025 (previously 79,549) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 87 percent of students living on campus and about 25 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,704 (previously 1,680)
  • Faculty and staff: 324 (previously 324)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,832 (previously 5,808)
  • Faculty and staff: 704 (previously 704)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,435 (previously 2,414)
  • Faculty and staff: 417 (previously 416)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,528* (previously 6,507)
  • Faculty and staff: 775** (previously 774)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for April 8, 2021 is 670. The seven-day trailing average is 672.6. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency. ASU also operates a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as well as a smaller vaccination site on campus for the ASU community. 
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

April 5, 2021

Updated: April 5, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options.

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community are the same as in our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 5 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.02% confirmed positive. That compares with 5 in our last update.
  • 57 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.08% confirmed positive. That compares with 57 in our last update.
    • 51 of the 57 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 4 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,054 students live.
    • Two students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 940 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 434 students live on the ASU West campus; and 664 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 03/29 - 04/04 = 252
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent Positive = 1.19 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 6,538
    • Positives = 109
    • Percent Positive = 1.67 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 03/29 - 04/04 = 318
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent Positive = 0.94%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 6,100
    • Positives = 61
    • Percent Positive = 1.00 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 03/29 - 04/04 = 231
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 8,613
    • Positives = 55
    • Percent Positive = 0.64 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 79,549 (previously 78,002) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 87 percent of students living on campus and about 25 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,680 (previously 1,662)
  • Faculty and staff: 324 (previously 323)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,808 (previously 5,790)
  • Faculty and staff: 704 (previously 703)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,414 (previously 2,396)
  • Faculty and staff: 416 (previously 415)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,507* (previously 6,489)
  • Faculty and staff: 774** (previously 773)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for April 5, 2021 is 608. The seven-day trailing average is 631.1. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency. ASU also operates a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as well as a smaller vaccination site on campus for the ASU community. 
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

April 1, 2021

Updated: April 1, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options.

  • Arizona cases have increased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased overall since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 5 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.02% confirmed positive. That compares with 7 in our last update.
  • 57 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.08% confirmed positive. That compares with 56 in our last update.
    • 47 of the 57 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 9 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,056 students live.
    • One student is in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 940 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 434 students live on the ASU West campus; and 665 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 03/22 - 03/28 = 286
    • Positives = 6
    • Percent Positive = 2.10 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 6,334
    • Positives = 109
    • Percent Positive = 1.72 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 03/22 - 03/28 = 371
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 5,741
    • Positives = 55
    • Percent Positive = 0.96 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 03/22 - 03/28 = 315
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.32 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 8,381
    • Positives = 55
    • Percent Positive = 0.66 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 78,002 (previously 76,314) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 87 percent of students living on campus and about 24 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,662 (previously 1,643)
  • Faculty and staff: 323 (previously 322)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,790 (previously 5,771)
  • Faculty and staff: 703 (previously 702)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,396 (previously 2,377)
  • Faculty and staff: 415 (previously 412)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,489* (previously 6,470)
  • Faculty and staff: 773** (previously 770)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for April 1, 2021 is 381. The seven-day trailing average is 600.7. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency. ASU also operates a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as well as a smaller vaccination site on campus for the ASU community. 
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

March 29, 2021

Updated: Mar. 29, 2021 @ 8:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options.

  • Arizona cases have increased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have increased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 7 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.03% confirmed positive. That compares with 8 in our last update.
  • 56 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.08% confirmed positive. That compares with 34 in our last update.
    • 43 of the 56 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 12 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,066 students live.
    • One student is in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 941 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 435 students live on the ASU West campus; and 665 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 03/22 - 03/28 = 286
    • Positives = 6
    • Percent Positive = 2.10 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 6,334
    • Positives = 109
    • Percent Positive = 1.72 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 03/22 - 03/28 = 371
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 5,741
    • Positives = 55
    • Percent Positive = 0.96 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 03/22 - 03/28 = 315
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.32 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 8,381
    • Positives = 55
    • Percent Positive = 0.66 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 76,314 (previously 74,286) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 87 percent of students living on campus and about 24 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,643 (previously 1,619)
  • Faculty and staff: 322 (previously 320)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,771 (previously 5,747)
  • Faculty and staff: 702 (previously 700)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,377 (previously 2,363)
  • Faculty and staff: 412 (previously 410)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,470* (previously 6,456)
  • Faculty and staff: 770** (previously 768)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for March 29, 2021 is 604. The seven-day trailing average is 536.4. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency. ASU also operates a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as well as a smaller vaccination site on campus for the ASU community. 
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

March 25, 2021

Updated: Mar. 25, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options.

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 8 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.04% confirmed positive. That compares with 8 in our last update.
  • 34 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.05% confirmed positive. That compares with 50 in our last update.
    • 27 of the 34 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 7 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,084 students live.
    • No students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 942 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 436 students live on the ASU West campus; and 665 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 03/15 - 03/21 = 276
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent Positive = 0.72 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 6,107
    • Positives = 104
    • Percent Positive = 1.70 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 03/15 - 03/21 = 311
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.32 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 5,483
    • Positives = 59
    • Percent Positive = 1.08 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 03/15 - 03/21 = 498
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent Positive = 0.40 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 8,247
    • Positives = 56
    • Percent Positive = 0.68 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 74,286 (previously 71,978) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 87 percent of students living on campus and about 24 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,619 (previously 1,604)
  • Faculty and staff: 320 (previously 319)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,747 (previously 5,732)
  • Faculty and staff: 700 (previously 699)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,363 (previously 2,340)
  • Faculty and staff: 410 (previously 409)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,456* (previously 6,433
  • Faculty and staff: 768** (previously 767)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for March 25, 2021 is 138. The seven-day trailing average is 482.9. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency. ASU also operates a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as well as a smaller vaccination site on campus for the ASU community. 
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

March 22, 2021

Updated: Mar. 22, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options.

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 8 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.04% confirmed positive. That compares with 5 in our last update.
  • 50 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.07% confirmed positive. That compares with 55 in our last update.
    • 39 of the 50 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 11 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,083 students live.
    • No students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 942 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 436 students live on the ASU West campus; and 666 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 03/15 - 03/21 = 276
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent Positive = 0.72 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 6,107
    • Positives = 104
    • Percent Positive = 1.70 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 03/15 - 03/21 = 311
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.32 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 5,483
    • Positives = 59
    • Percent Positive = 1.08 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 03/15 - 03/21 = 498
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent Positive = 0.40 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 8,247
    • Positives = 56
    • Percent Positive = 0.68 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 71,978 (previously 71,545) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 87 percent of students living on campus and about 24 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,604 (previously 1,596)
  • Faculty and staff: 319 (previously 318)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,732 (previously 5,724)
  • Faculty and staff: 699 (previously 695)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,340 (previously 2,320)
  • Faculty and staff: 409 (previously 408)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,433* (previously 6,413
  • Faculty and staff: 767** (previously 766)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for March 22, 2021 is 484. The seven-day trailing average is 479.4. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency. ASU also operates a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as well as a smaller vaccination site on campus for the ASU community. 
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

March 18, 2021

Updated: Mar. 18, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options.

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 5 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.02% confirmed positive. That compares with 6 in our last update.
  • 55 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.07% confirmed positive. That compares with 60 in our last update.
    • 47 of the 55 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 8 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,091 students live.
    • No students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 943 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 436 students live on the ASU West campus; and 667 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 03/08 - 03/14 = 358
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent Positive = 0.56 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 5,821
    • Positives = 102
    • Percent Positive = 1.75 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 03/08 - 03/14 = 416
    • Positives = 5
    • Percent Positive = 1.20 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 5,164
    • Positives = 58
    • Percent Positive = 1.12 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 03/08 - 03/14 = 577
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.17 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 7,535
    • Positives = 54
    • Percent Positive = 0.72 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 71,545 (previously 69,161) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 87 percent of students living on campus and about 23 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,596 (previously 1,582)
  • Faculty and staff: 318 (previously 315)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,724 (previously 5,710)
  • Faculty and staff: 695 (previously 692)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,320 (previously 2,305)
  • Faculty and staff: 408 (previously 406)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,413* (previously 6,398)
  • Faculty and staff: 766** (previously 764)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for March 18, 2021 is 285. The seven-day trailing average is 591.6. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency. ASU also operates a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as well as a smaller vaccination site on campus for the ASU community. 
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

March 15, 2021

Updated: Mar. 15, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options.

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have increased slightly since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 6 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.03% confirmed positive. That compares with 5 in our last update.
  • 60 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.08% confirmed positive. That compares with 46 in our last update.
    • 50 of the 60 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 10 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,090 students live.
    • No students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 944 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 436 students live on the ASU West campus; and 666 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 03/08 - 03/14 = 358
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent Positive = 0.56 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 5,821
    • Positives = 102
    • Percent Positive = 1.75 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 03/08 - 03/14 = 416
    • Positives = 5
    • Percent Positive = 1.20 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 5,164
    • Positives = 58
    • Percent Positive = 1.12 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 03/08 - 03/14 = 577
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.17 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 7,535
    • Positives = 54
    • Percent Positive = 0.72 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 69,161 (previously 66,590) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 86 percent of students living on campus and about 23 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,582 (previously 1,563)
  • Faculty and staff: 315 (previously 313)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,710 (previously 5,691)
  • Faculty and staff: 692 (previously 690)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,305 (previously 2,288)
  • Faculty and staff: 406 (previously 405)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,398* (previously 6,381)
  • Faculty and staff: 764** (previously 763)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for March 15, 2021 is 638. The seven-day trailing average is 878. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency. ASU also operates a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as well as a smaller vaccination site on campus for the ASU community. 
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

March 11, 2021

Updated: Mar. 11, 2021 @ 6:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options.

  • Arizona cases have increased slightly in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 5 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.02% confirmed positive. That compares with 8 in our last update.
  • 46 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.06% confirmed positive. That compares with 62 in our last update.
    • 40 of the 46 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 6 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,094 students live.
    • No students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 944 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 435 students live on the ASU West campus; and 667 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 03/01 - 03/07 = 396
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.25 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 5,443
    • Positives = 100
    • Percent Positive = 1.84 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 03/01 - 03/07 = 464
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 4,739
    • Positives = 53
    • Percent Positive = 1.12 %

Employees

  • Tests from 03/01 - 03/07 = 658
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.15 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 7,159
    • Positives = 53
    • Percent Positive = 0.74 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 66,590 (previously 64,009) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 86 percent of students living on campus and about 23 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,563 (previously 1,545)
  • Faculty and staff: 313 (previously 312)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,691 (previously 5,673)
  • Faculty and staff: 690 (previously 689)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,288 (previously 2,258)
  • Faculty and staff: 405 (previously 402)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,381* (previously 6,351)
  • Faculty and staff: 763** (previously 760)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for March 11, 2021 is 1,835. The seven-day trailing average is 1,337. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency. ASU also operates a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as well as a smaller vaccination site on campus for the ASU community. 
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

March 8, 2021

Updated: Mar. 8, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options.

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 8 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.04% confirmed positive. That compares with 8 in our last update.
  • 62 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.08% confirmed positive. That compares with 73 in our last update.
    • 58 of the 62 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 4 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,089 students live.
    • No students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 944 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 435 students live on the ASU West campus; and 665 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 03/01 - 03/07 = 396
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.25 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 5,443
    • Positives = 100
    • Percent Positive = 1.84 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 03/01 - 03/07 = 464
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 4,739
    • Positives = 53
    • Percent Positive = 1.12 %

Employees

  • Tests from 03/01 - 03/07 = 658
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.15 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 7,159
    • Positives = 53
    • Percent Positive = 0.74 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 64,009 (previously 61,246) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 86 percent of students living on campus and about 23 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,545 (previously 1,538)
  • Faculty and staff: 312 (previously 309)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,673 (previously 5,666)
  • Faculty and staff: 689 (previously 686)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,258 (previously 2,235)
  • Faculty and staff: 402 (previously 399)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,351* (previously 6,328)
  • Faculty and staff: 760** (previously 757)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for March 8, 2021 is 783. The seven-day trailing average is 1,345. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency. ASU also operates a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as well as a smaller vaccination site on campus for the ASU community. 
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

March 4, 2021

Updated: Mar. 4, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options.

  • Arizona cases have increased slightly in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 8 known positives among 21,620* faculty and staff, which is 0.04% confirmed positive. That compares with 12 in our last update.
  • 73 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.1% confirmed positive. That compares with 87 in our last update.
    • 70 of the 73 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 2 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,083 students live.
    • The remaining student is in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 943 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 436 students live on the ASU West campus; and 665 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 02/22 - 02/28 = 399
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.25 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 5,012
    • Positives = 99
    • Percent Positive = 1.98 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 02/22 - 02/28 = 494
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.20 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 4,261
    • Positives = 53
    • Percent Positive = 1.24 %

Employees

  • Tests from 02/22 - 02/28 = 700
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 6,491
    • Positives = 52
    • Percent Positive = 0.80 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 61,246 (previously 58,717) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 86 percent of students living on campus and about 22 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,538 (previously 1,529)
  • Faculty and staff: 309 (previously 308)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,666 (previously 5,657)
  • Faculty and staff: 686 (previously 685)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,235 (previously 2,206)
  • Faculty and staff: 399 (previously 397)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,328* (previously 6,299)
  • Faculty and staff: 757** (previously 755)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for March 4, 2021 is 1,154. The seven-day trailing average is 1,171.  ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency. ASU also operates a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as well as a smaller vaccination site on campus for the ASU community. 
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

March 1, 2021

Updated: Mar. 1, 2021 @ 8:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options.

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 12 known positives among 21,620* faculty and staff, which is 0.06% confirmed positive. That compares with 17 in our last update.
  • 87 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.12% confirmed positive. That compares with 99 in our last update.
    • 81 of the 87 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 4 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,093 students live.
    • The remaining 2 students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 939 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 437 students live on the ASU West campus; and 664 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 02/22 - 02/28 = 399
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.25 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 5,012
    • Positives = 99
    • Percent Positive = 1.98 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 02/22 - 02/28 = 494
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.20 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 4,261
    • Positives = 53
    • Percent Positive = 1.24 %

Employees

  • Tests from 02/22 - 02/28 = 700
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 6,491
    • Positives = 52
    • Percent Positive = 0.80 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 58,717 (previously 56,549) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 86 percent of students living on campus and about 22 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,529 (previously 1,516)
  • Faculty and staff: 308 (previously 306)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,657 (previously 5,644)
  • Faculty and staff: 685 (previously 683)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,206 (previously 2,175)
  • Faculty and staff: 397 (previously 392)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,299* (previously 6,268)
  • Faculty and staff: 755** (previously 750)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for Mar. 01, 2021 is 1,039. The seven-day trailing average is 1,192. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency. ASU also operates a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as well as a smaller vaccination site on campus for the ASU community. 
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

February 25, 2021

Updated: Feb. 25, 2021 @ 8:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options.

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 17 known positives among 21,620* faculty and staff, which is 0.08% confirmed positive. That compares with 22 in our last update.
  • 99 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.13% confirmed positive. That compares with 144 in our last update.
    • 93 of the 99 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 4 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,103 students live.
    • The remaining 2 students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 941 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 444 students live on the ASU West campus; and 661 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 02/15 - 02/21 = 363
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 4,602
    • Positives = 98
    • Percent Positive = 2.13 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 02/15 - 02/21 = 472
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent Positive = 0.42 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 3,751
    • Positives = 52
    • Percent Positive = 1.39 %

Employees

  • Tests from 02/15 - 02/21 = 652
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 5,785
    • Positives = 52
    • Percent Positive = 0.90 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 56,549 (previously 53,444) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 86 percent of students living on campus and about 21 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,516 (previously 1,504)
  • Faculty and staff: 306 (previously 305)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,644 (previously 5,632)
  • Faculty and staff: 683 (previously 682)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,175 (previously 2,114)
  • Faculty and staff: 392 (previously 386)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,268* (previously 6,207)
  • Faculty and staff: 750** (previously 744)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for Feb. 25, 2021 is 940. The seven-day trailing average is 1,530. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency. ASU also operates a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as well as a smaller vaccination site on campus for the ASU community. 
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

February 22, 2021

Updated: Feb. 22, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options.

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 22 known positives among 21,620* faculty and staff, which is 0.10% confirmed positive. That compares with 24 in our last update.
  • 144 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.19% confirmed positive. That compares with 154 in our last update.
    • 139 of the 144 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 4 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,103 students live.
    • The remaining student is in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 936 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 445 students live on the ASU West campus; and 661 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 02/15 - 02/21 = 363
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 4,602
    • Positives = 98
    • Percent Positive = 2.13 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 02/15 - 02/21 = 472
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent Positive = 0.42 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 3,751
    • Positives = 52
    • Percent Positive = 1.39 %

Employees

  • Tests from 02/15 - 02/21 = 652
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 5,785
    • Positives = 52
    • Percent Positive = 0.90 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 53,444 (previously 50,932) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 85 percent of students living on campus and about 21 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,504 (previously 1,493)
  • Faculty and staff: 305 (previously 299)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,632 (previously 5,621)
  • Faculty and staff: 682 (previously 676)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,114 (previously 2,085)
  • Faculty and staff: 386 (previously 381)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,207* (previously 6,178)
  • Faculty and staff: 744** (previously 739)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for Feb. 22, 2021 is 1,507. The seven-day trailing average is 1,552. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU now offering Devils’ drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing

To expand testing availability and access for the ASU community, the university is now offering individual drop-off COVID-19 saliva testing to all students, faculty and staff.

Devils’ drop-off doesn’t require an appointment. Just pick up a test kit from an on-campus location, register it online and drop it off once you’ve collected your saliva sample. Pick-up and drop-off locations are available on all four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Visit the Devils’ drop-off webpage for pick-up and drop-off location maps and more details.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency. ASU also operates a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as well as a smaller vaccination site on campus for the ASU community. 
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

February 18, 2021

Updated: Feb. 18, 2021 @ 7:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options.

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 24 known positives among 21,620* faculty and staff, which is 0.11% confirmed positive. That compares with 38 in our last update.
  • 154 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.21% confirmed positive. That compares with 173 in our last update.
    • 149 of the 154 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 4 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,099 students live.
    • The remaining student is in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 931 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 444 students live on the ASU West campus; and 660 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 02/09 - 02/15 = 516
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.19 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 4,216
    • Positives = 96
    • Percent Positive = 2.28 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 02/09 - 02/15 = 617
    • Positives = 4
    • Percent Positive = 0.65 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 3,269
    • Positives = 52
    • Percent Positive = 1.59 %

Employees

  • Tests from 02/09 - 02/15 = 709
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent Positive = 0.42 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 5,131
    • Positives = 52
    • Percent Positive = 1.01 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 50,932 (previously 48,315) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 85 percent of students living on campus and about 21 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,493 (previously 1,483)
  • Faculty and staff: 299 (previously 292)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,621 (previously 5,611)
  • Faculty and staff: 676 (previously 669)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,085 (previously 2,052)
  • Faculty and staff: 381 (previously 365)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,178* (previously 6,145)
  • Faculty and staff: 739** (previously 723)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for Feb. 18, 2021 is 1,143. The seven-day trailing average is 1,583. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency. ASU also operates a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as well as a smaller vaccination site on campus for the ASU community. 
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

February 15, 2021

Updated: Feb. 15, 2021 @ 8:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment.

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 38 known positives among 21,620* faculty and staff, which is 0.18% confirmed positive. That compares with 44 in our last update.
  • 173 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.23% confirmed positive. That compares with 191 in our last update.
    • 164 of the 173 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 6 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,096 students live.
    • The remaining 3 students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 929 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 440 students live on the ASU West campus; and 656 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 02/09 - 02/15 = 516
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.19 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 4,216
    • Positives = 96
    • Percent Positive = 2.28 %

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 02/09 - 02/15 = 617
    • Positives = 4
    • Percent Positive = 0.65 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 3,269
    • Positives = 52
    • Percent Positive = 1.59 %

Employees

  • Tests from 02/09 - 02/15 = 709
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent Positive = 0.42 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 5,131
    • Positives = 52
    • Percent Positive = 1.01 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 48,315 (previously 45,276) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 85 percent of students living on campus and about 20 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,483 (previously 1,455)
  • Faculty and staff: 292 (previously 286)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,611 (previously 5,583)
  • Faculty and staff: 669 (previously 663)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 2,052 (previously 1,996)
  • Faculty and staff: 365 (previously 352)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,145* (previously 6,089)
  • Faculty and staff: 723** (previously 710)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for Feb. 15, 2021 is 1,339. The seven-day trailing average is 2,246. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency. ASU also operates a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as well as a smaller vaccination site on campus for the ASU community. 
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

February 11, 2021

Updated: Feb. 11, 2021 @ 8:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment.

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 44 known positives among 21,620* faculty and staff, which is 0.20% confirmed positive. That compares with 57 in our last update.
  • 191 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.26% confirmed positive. That compares with 241 in our last update.
    • 178 of the 191 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 9 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,106 students live.
    • The remaining 4 students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 936 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 438 students live on the ASU West campus; and 654 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 2/1 – 2/7 = 456
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent positive = 0.44%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 3,487
    • Positives = 83
    • Percent positive = 2.38%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 2/1 – 2/7 = 576
    • Positives = 6
    • Percent positive = 1.04%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 2,798
    • Positives = 59
    • Percent positive = 2.11%

Employees

  • Tests from 2/1 – 2/7 = 577
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent positive = 0.52%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 4,413
    • Positives = 49
    • Percent positive = 1.11%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 45,276 (previously 41,962) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 85 percent of students living on campus and about 20 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,455 (previously 1,437)
  • Faculty and staff: 286 (previously 277)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,583 (previously 5,565)
  • Faculty and staff: 663 (previously 654)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,996 (previously 1,922)
  • Faculty and staff: 352 (previously 341)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,089* (previously 6,015)
  • Faculty and staff: 710** (previously 699)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for Feb. 11, 2021 is 1,861. The seven-day trailing average is 2,759. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency. ASU also operates a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as well as a smaller vaccination site on campus for the ASU community. 
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in person and on campus unless otherwise indicated. For select, indicated courses, instruction will also be available to students digitally through ASU Sync or asynchronously as an iCourse. ASU Community of Care requirements will continue, and specific details will be relayed in the coming months. (Updated Feb. 15, 2021.)

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

February 8, 2021

Updated: Feb. 8, 2021 @ 8:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment.

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 57 known positives among 21,620* faculty and staff, which is 0.26% confirmed positive. That compares with 67 in our last update.
  • 241 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.32% confirmed positive. That compares with 317 in our last update.
    • 224 of the 241 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 14 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,076 students live.
    • The remaining 3 students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 931 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 438 students live on the ASU West campus; and 651 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 2/1 – 2/7 = 456
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent positive = 0.44%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 3,487
    • Positives = 83
    • Percent positive = 2.38%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 2/1 – 2/7 = 576
    • Positives = 6
    • Percent positive = 1.04%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 2,798
    • Positives = 59
    • Percent positive = 2.11%

Employees

  • Tests from 2/1 – 2/7 = 577
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent positive = 0.52%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 4,413
    • Positives = 49
    • Percent positive = 1.11%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 41,962 (previously 38,836) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 84 percent of students living on campus and about 19 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,437 (previously 1,415)
  • Faculty and staff: 277 (previously 267)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,565 (previously 5,543)
  • Faculty and staff: 654 (previously 644)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,922 (previously 1,803)
  • Faculty and staff: 341 (previously 326)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,015* (previously 5,896)
  • Faculty and staff: 699** (previously 684)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for Feb. 8, 2021 is 2,250. The seven-day trailing average is 2,963. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Is a key partner in the 24/7 COVID-19 public vaccination site, lauded by the White House for its efficiency. ASU also operates a vaccination site at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, as well as a smaller vaccination site on campus for the ASU community. 
  • Was awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

February 4, 2021

Updated: Feb. 4, 2021 @ 8:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment.

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 67 known positives among 21,620* faculty and staff, which is 0.31% confirmed positive. That compares with 83 in our last update.
  • 317 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.43% confirmed positive. That compares with 367 in our last update.
    • 291 of the 317 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 24 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 8,023 students live.
    • There remaining 2 students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 932 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 437 students live on the ASU West campus; and 644 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 1/25 – 1/31 = 576
    • Positives = 13
    • Percent positive = 2.26%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 2,991
    • Positives = 81
    • Percent positive = 2.71%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 1/25 – 1/31 = 711
    • Positives = 9
    • Percent positive = 1.27%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 2,191
    • Positives = 53
    • Percent positive = 2.42%

Employees

  • Tests from 1/25 – 1/31 = 810
    • Positives = 6
    • Percent positive = 0.74%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 3,823
    • Positives = 46
    • Percent positive = 1.20%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 38,836 (previously 34,869) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 84 percent of students living on campus and about 18 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,415 (previously 1,355)
  • Faculty and staff: 267 (previously 260)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,543 (previously 5,483)
  • Faculty and staff: 644 (previously 637)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,803 (previously 1,684)
  • Faculty and staff: 326 (previously 308)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,896* (previously 5,777)
  • Faculty and staff: 684** (previously 666)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for Feb. 4, 2021 is 4,417. The seven-day trailing average is 4,081. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

February 1, 2021

Updated: Feb. 1, 2021 @ 8:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment.

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 83 known positives among 21,494* faculty and staff, which is 0.39% confirmed positive. That compares with 100 in our last update.
  • 367 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.49% confirmed positive. That compares with 410 in our last update.
    • 336 of the 367 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 31 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 7,949 students live.
    • There are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 914 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 433 students live on the ASU West campus; and 641 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 1/25 – 1/31 = 576
    • Positives = 13
    • Percent positive = 2.26%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 2,991
    • Positives = 81
    • Percent positive = 2.71%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 1/25 – 1/31 = 711
    • Positives = 9
    • Percent positive = 1.27%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 2,191
    • Positives = 53
    • Percent positive = 2.42%

Employees

  • Tests from 1/25 – 1/31 = 810
    • Positives = 6
    • Percent positive = 0.74%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 3,823
    • Positives = 46
    • Percent positive = 1.20%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 34,869 (previously 31,271) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 83 percent of students living on campus and about 17 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,355 (previously 1,270)
  • Faculty and staff: 260 (previously 249)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,483 (previously 5,398)
  • Faculty and staff: 637 (previously 626)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,684 (previously 1,531)
  • Faculty and staff: 308 (previously 288)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,777* (previously 5,624)
  • Faculty and staff: 666** (previously 646)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for Feb. 1, 2021 is 3,741. The seven-day trailing average is 4,893. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

January 28, 2021

Updated: Jan. 28, 2021 @ 8:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment.

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 100 known positives among 21,494* faculty and staff, which is 0.47% confirmed positive. That compares with 108 in our last update.
  • 410 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.55% confirmed positive. That compares with 429 in our last update.
    • 368 of the 410 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 38 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 7,668 students live.
    • The remaining 4 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers are combined for reporting purposes so specific individuals cannot be identified. A total of 915 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 429 students live on the ASU West campus; 627 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 1/18 – 1/24 = 455
    • Positives = 14
    • Percent positive = 3.08%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 2,359
    • Positives = 68
    • Percent positive = 2.88%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 1/18 – 1/24 = 591
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 1.69%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 1,439
    • Positives = 44
    • Percent positive = 3.06%

Employees

  • Tests from 1/18 – 1/24 = 857
    • Positives = 5
    • Percent positive = 0.58%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 3,013
    • Positives = 40
    • Percent positive = 1.33%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 31,271 (previously 27,667) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 83 percent of students living on campus and about 17 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,270 (previously 1,170)
  • Faculty and staff: 249 (previously 235)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,398 (previously 5,298)
  • Faculty and staff: 626 (previously 612)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,531 (previously 1,391)
  • Faculty and staff: 288 (previously 272)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,624* (previously 5,484)
  • Faculty and staff: 646** (previously 630)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for Jan. 28, 2021 is 4,671. The seven-day trailing average is 6,184. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value used to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 0.96. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

January 25, 2021

Updated: Jan. 25, 2021 @ 9:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment.

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 108 known positives among 21,494* faculty and staff, which is 0.50% confirmed positive. That compares with 124 in our last update.
  • 429 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.58% confirmed positive. That compares with 489 in our last update.
    • 388 of the 429 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 35 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 7,580 students live.
    • The remaining 6 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers are combined for reporting purposes so specific individuals cannot be identified. A total of 894 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 428 students live on the ASU West campus; 605 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 1/18 – 1/24 = 455
    • Positives = 14
    • Percent positive = 3.08%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 2,359
    • Positives = 68
    • Percent positive = 2.88%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 1/18 – 1/24 = 591
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 1.69%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 1,439
    • Positives = 44
    • Percent positive = 3.06%

Employees

  • Tests from 1/18 – 1/24 = 857
    • Positives = 5
    • Percent positive = 0.58%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 3,013
    • Positives = 40
    • Percent positive = 1.33%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 27,667 (previously 22,939) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 83 percent of students living on campus and about 15 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,170 (previously 1,018)
  • Faculty and staff: 235 (previously 215)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,298 (previously 5,146)
  • Faculty and staff: 612 (previously 592)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,391 (previously 1,159)
  • Faculty and staff: 272 (previously 239)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,484* (previously 5,252)
  • Faculty and staff: 630** (previously 597)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for Jan. 25, 2021 is 5,321. The seven-day trailing average is 6,945. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value used to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 0.97. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

January 21, 2021

Updated: Jan. 21, 2021 @ 9:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment.

  • Arizona cases have increased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 124 known positives among 21,494* faculty and staff, which is 0.58% confirmed positive. That compares with 163 in our last update.
  • 489 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.66% confirmed positive. That compares with 600 in our last update.
    • 454 of the 489 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 29 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 7,353 students live.
    • The remaining 6 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers are combined for reporting purposes so specific individuals cannot be identified. A total of 782 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 407 students live on the ASU West campus; 578 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 1/11 – 1/17 = 304
    • Positives = 5
    • Percent positive = 1.64%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 1,443
    • Positives = 39
    • Percent positive = 2.7%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 1/11 – 1/17 = 426
    • Positives = 14
    • Percent positive = 3.29%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 1,244
    • Positives = 47
    • Percent positive = 3.78%

Employees

  • Tests from 1/11 – 1/17 = 859
    • Positives = 12
    • Percent positive = 1.40%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 2,156
    • Positives = 35
    • Percent positive = 1.62%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 22,939 (previously 20,092) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 74 percent of students living on campus and about 13 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,018 (previously 902)
  • Faculty and staff: 215 (previously 197)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,146 (previously 5,030)
  • Faculty and staff: 592 (previously 574)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 1,159 (previously 922)
  • Faculty and staff: 239 (previously 195)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,252* (previously 5,015)
  • Faculty and staff: 597** (previously 553)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for Jan. 21, 2021 is 9,398. The seven-day trailing average is 7,272. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value used to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.01. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

January 18, 2021

Updated: Jan. 18, 2021 @ 9:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment.

  • Arizona cases have decreased in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 163 known positives among 21,494* faculty and staff, which is 0.76% confirmed positive. That compares with 166 in our last update.
  • 600 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.81% confirmed positive. That compares with 692 in our last update.
    • 555 of the 600 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 31 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 7,128 students live.
    • The remaining 13 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers are combined for reporting purposes so specific individuals cannot be identified. A total of 692 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 393 students live on the ASU West campus; 547 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we aim to test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 1/11 – 1/17 = 304
    • Positives = 5
    • Percent positive = 1.64%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 1,443
    • Positives = 39
    • Percent positive = 2.7%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 1/11 – 1/17 = 426
    • Positives = 14
    • Percent positive = 3.29%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 1,244
    • Positives = 47
    • Percent positive = 3.78%

Employees

  • Tests from 1/11 – 1/17 = 859
    • Positives = 12
    • Percent positive = 1.40%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 2,156
    • Positives = 35
    • Percent positive = 1.62%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 20,092 (previously 16,831) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 72 percent of students living on campus and about 12 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 902 (previously 738)
  • Faculty and staff: 197 (previously 164)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,030 (previously 4,866)
  • Faculty and staff: 574 (previously 541)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 922 (previously 626)
  • Faculty and staff: 195 (previously 165)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 5,015* (previously 4,719)
  • Faculty and staff: 553** (previously 523)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for Jan. 18, 2021 is 5,400. The seven-day trailing average is 7,392. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value used to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.05. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

January 14, 2021

Updated: Jan. 14, 2021 @ 9:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment.

  • Arizona cases continue to increase.
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 166 known positives among 21,494* faculty and staff, which is 0.77% confirmed positive. That compares with 172 in our last update.
  • 692 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.93% confirmed positive. That compares with 728 in our last update.
    • 600 of the 692 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 40 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 6,407 students live.
    • The remaining 16 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers are combined for reporting purposes so specific individuals cannot be identified. A total of 663 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 368 students live on the ASU West campus; 512 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we will test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 1/4 – 1/10 = 767
    • Positives = 19
    • Percent positive = 2.48%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 901
    • Positives = 22
    • Percent positive = 2.44%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 1/4 – 1/10 = 557
    • Positives = 30
    • Percent positive = 5.39%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 672
    • Positives = 35
    • Percent positive = 5.21%

Employees

  • Tests from 1/04 – 1/10 = 553
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 1.45%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 690
    • Positives = 9
    • Percent positive = 1.30%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 16,831 (previously 12,247) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 68 percent of students living on campus and about 10 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 738 (previously 554)
  • Faculty and staff: 164 (previously 121)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 4,866 (previously 4,682)
  • Faculty and staff: 541 (previously 498)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 626 (previously 382)
  • Faculty and staff: 165 (previously 116)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 4,719* (previously 4,475)
  • Faculty and staff: 523** (previously 474)

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for Jan. 14, 2021 is 7,311. The seven-day trailing average is 9,201. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value used to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.08. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

January 11, 2021

Updated: Jan. 11, 2021 @ 9:00 p.m. 

ASU provides twice-weekly updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels. ASU has been managing COVID-19 cases since January 2020.

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing physical distancing. ASU continues to offer fast, easy and free COVID-19 testing to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment.

  • Arizona cases continue to increase.
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have increased since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built daily health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Current positive case count:

  • 172 known positives among 21,213* faculty and staff, which is 0.81% confirmed positive. That compares with 153 in our last update.
  • 728 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.98% confirmed positive. That compares with 528 in our last update.
    • 674 of the 728 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 41 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 4,813 students live.
    • The remaining 13 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers are combined for reporting purposes so specific individuals cannot be identified. A total of 508 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 260 students live on the ASU West campus; 348 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Weekly random testing results

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. Starting with the spring semester, we will test approximately 25% of the on-campus students and staff each week to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday evening. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 1/4 – 1/10 = 767
    • Positives = 19
    • Percent positive = 2.48%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 901
    • Positives = 22
    • Percent positive = 2.44%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 1/4 – 1/10 = 557
    • Positives = 30
    • Percent positive = 5.39%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 672
    • Positives = 35
    • Percent positive = 5.21%

Employees

  • Tests from 1/04 – 1/10 = 553
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 1.45%
  • Cumulative tests since Jan. 1, 2021 = 690
    • Positives = 9
    • Percent positive = 1.30%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 12,247 Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 60 percent of students living on campus and about 8 percent of students living off campus.

In addition, ASU collected about 181,000 test results from students and employees between Aug. 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 554
  • Faculty and staff: 121 

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 4,682
  • Faculty and staff: 498 

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Jan. 1, 2021

  • Students: 382 
  • Faculty and staff: 116

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 4,475*
  • Faculty and staff: 474**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for Jan. 11, 2021 is 8,995. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value used to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.10. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

Read the latest statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty, which provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level dating back to April 1, 2020.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

January 7, 2021

Updated: Jan. 7, 2021 @ 9:00 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases continue to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. The current known positive cases in the ASU community have increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all  CDC guidelines related to higher education.

During the winter break, there will be fewer students on campus, though several thousand will remain living in ASU residence halls. The university will continue to provide updates during this period of time. Influenced by factors associated with winter break and a decrease in campus activity, we anticipate the potential for some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU will continue to offer testing at no charge to students during winter break and will continue its random, required testing of students who are living on campus or are in the vicinity of the campus and plan to be on campus during winter break.

January 7 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 153 known positives among 21,213* total faculty and staff, which is 0.72% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 159 known positives in our last update.
  • 528 known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.71% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 403 in our previous update.
    • 497 of the 528 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 27 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 4,303 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 4 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. This number is combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 416 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 246 students live on the ASU West campus; 392 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 12/27 – 1/02 = 476
    • Positives = 26
    • Percent positive = 5.46%
  • Cumulative tests = 10,569
    • Positives = 203
    • Percent positive = 1.92%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 12/27 – 1/02 = 217
    • Positives = 4
    • Percent positive = 1.84%
  • Cumulative tests = 27,040
    • Positives = 392
    • Percent positive = 1.45%

Employees

  • Tests from 12/27 – 1/02 = 501
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 1.40%
  • Cumulative tests = 12,542
    • Positives = 69
    • Percent positive = 0.55%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 188,747 (previously 183,007) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 87 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the fall semester.
  • ASU has tested 48 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 4,395 (previously 4,148)
  • Faculty and staff: 459 (previously 421)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 4,283 (previously 4,188)*
  • Faculty and staff: 436 (previously 401)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Jan. 7, 2021 is 9,913, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 9,198. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.09 which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of January 7, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

January 4, 2021

Updated: Jan. 4, 2021 @ 8:00 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases continue to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. The current known positive cases in the ASU community have increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. With the holiday season upon us, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all  CDC guidelines related to higher education.

During the winter break, there will be fewer students on campus, though several thousand will remain living in ASU residence halls. The university will continue to provide updates during this period of time. Influenced by factors associated with winter break and a decrease in campus activity, we anticipate the potential for some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU will continue to offer testing at no charge to students during winter break and will continue its random, required testing of students who are living on campus or are in the vicinity of the campus and plan to be on campus during winter break.

January 4 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 159 known positives among 21,213* total faculty and staff, which is 0.75% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 137 known positives in our last update.
  • 403 known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.54% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 378 in our previous update.
    • 390 of the 403 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 12 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 4,221 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining one is in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. This number is combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 394 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 242 students live on the ASU West campus; 390 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 12/27 – 1/02 = 476
    • Positives = 26
    • Percent positive = 5.46%
  • Cumulative tests = 10,569
    • Positives = 203
    • Percent positive = 1.92%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 12/27 – 1/02 = 217
    • Positives = 4
    • Percent positive = 1.84%
  • Cumulative tests = 27,040
    • Positives = 392
    • Percent positive = 1.45%

Employees

  • Tests from 12/27 – 1/02 = 501
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 1.40%
  • Cumulative tests = 12,542
    • Positives = 69
    • Percent positive = 0.55%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 183,007 (previously 180,836) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 84 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the fall semester.
  • ASU has tested 48 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 4,148 (previously 4,050)
  • Faculty and staff: 421 (previously 397)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 4,188 (previously 4,066)*
  • Faculty and staff: 401 (previously 390)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Jan. 4, 2021 is 5,158, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 8,160. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.12 which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of January 4, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

December 31, 2020

Updated: Dec. 31, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases continue to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. The current known positive cases in the ASU community have increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. With the holiday season upon us, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all  CDC guidelines related to higher education.

During the winter break, there will be fewer students on campus, though several thousand will remain living in ASU residence halls. The university will continue to provide updates during this period of time. Influenced by factors associated with winter break and a decrease in campus activity, we anticipate the potential for some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU will continue to offer testing at no charge to students during winter break and will continue its random, required testing of students who are living on campus or are in the vicinity of the campus and plan to be on campus during winter break.

December 31 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 137 known positives among 21,213* total faculty and staff, which is 0.65% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 124 known positives in our last update.
  • 378 known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.51% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 357 in our previous update.
    • 371 of the 378 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • Six are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 4,181 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining one is in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. This number is combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 393 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 243 students live on the ASU West campus; 389 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 12/21 – 12/27 = 304
    • Positives = 20
    • Percent positive = 6.58%
  • Cumulative tests = 10,132
    • Positives = 183
    • Percent positive = 1.81%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 12/21 – 12/27 = 250
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 4.00%
  • Cumulative tests = 26,838
    • Positives = 389
    • Percent positive = 1.45%

Employees

  • Tests from 12/21 – 12/27 = 589
    • Positives = 9
    • Percent positive = 1.53%
  • Cumulative tests = 12,063
    • Positives = 62
    • Percent positive = 0.51%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 180,836 (previously 177,107) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 84 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the fall semester.
  • ASU has tested 47 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 4,050 (previously 3,884)
  • Faculty and staff: 397 (previously 360)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 4,066 (previously 3,939)*
  • Faculty and staff: 390 (previously 361)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Dec. 31, 2020 is 7,718, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 5,698. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 0.93 which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of December 31, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

December 28, 2020

Updated: Dec. 28, 2020 @ 8:00 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases continue to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. The current known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. With the holiday season upon us, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all  CDC guidelines related to higher education.

During the winter break, there will be fewer students on campus, though several thousand will remain living in ASU residence halls. The university will continue to provide updates during this period of time. Influenced by factors associated with winter break and a decrease in campus activity, we anticipate the potential for some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU will continue to offer testing at no charge to students during winter break and will continue its random, required testing of students who are living on campus or are in the vicinity of the campus and plan to be on campus during winter break.

December 28 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 124 known positives among 21,213* total faculty and staff, which is 0.58% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 93 known positives in our last update.
  • 357 known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.48% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 394 in our previous update.
    • 350 of the 357 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • Six are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 4,138 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining one is in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. This number is combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 393 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 243 students live on the ASU West campus; 386 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 12/21 – 12/27 = 304
    • Positives = 20
    • Percent positive = 6.58%
  • Cumulative tests = 10,132
    • Positives = 183
    • Percent positive = 1.81%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 12/21 – 12/27 = 250
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 4.00%
  • Cumulative tests = 26,838
    • Positives = 389
    • Percent positive = 1.45%

Employees

  • Tests from 12/21 – 12/27 = 589
    • Positives = 9
    • Percent positive = 1.53%
  • Cumulative tests = 12,063
    • Positives = 62
    • Percent positive = 0.51%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 177,107 (previously 175,777) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 84 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the fall semester.
  • ASU has tested 47 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 3,884 (previously 3,822)
  • Faculty and staff: 360 (previously 340)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 3,939 (previously 3,834)*
  • Faculty and staff: 361 (previously 359)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Dec. 28, 2020 is 10,086, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 6,154. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.02 which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of December 28, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

December 24, 2020

Updated: Dec. 24, 2020 @ 6:00 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases continue to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. The current known positive cases in the ASU community have increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. With the holiday season upon us, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all  CDC guidelines related to higher education.

During the winter break, there will be fewer students on campus, though several thousand will remain living in ASU residence halls. The university will continue to provide updates during this period of time. Influenced by factors associated with winter break and a decrease in campus activity, we anticipate the potential for some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU will continue to offer testing at no charge to students during winter break and will continue its random, required testing of students who are living on campus or are in the vicinity of the campus and plan to be on campus during winter break.

December 24 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 93 known positives among 21,244* total faculty and staff, which is 0.44% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 103 known positives in our last update.
  • 394 known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.53% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 358 in our previous update.
    • 380 of the 394 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 11 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 4,130 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 3 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers are combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 393 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 242 students live on the ASU West campus; 386 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 12/14 – 12/20 = 260
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 3.08%
  • Cumulative tests = 9,782
    • Positives = 162
    • Percent positive = 1.66%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 12/14 – 12/20 = 405
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 1.73%
  • Cumulative tests = 26,520
    • Positives = 376
    • Percent positive = 1.42%

Employees

  • Tests from 12/14 – 12/20 = 920
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 0.87%
  • Cumulative tests = 11,504
    • Positives = 63
    • Percent positive = 0.55%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 175,777 (previously 171,731) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 84 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 47 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 3,817 (previously 3,698)
  • Faculty and staff: 340 (previously 323)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 3,834 (previously 3,765)*
  • Faculty and staff: 359 (previously 340)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Dec. 24, 2020 is 7,046, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 6,469. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.06 which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of December 24, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

December 21, 2020

Updated: Dec. 21, 2020 @ 6:00 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases continue to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. The current known positive cases in the ASU community have increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. With the holiday season upon us, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all  CDC guidelines related to higher education.

During the winter break, there will be fewer students on campus, though several thousand will remain living in ASU residence halls. The university will continue to provide updates during this period of time. Influenced by factors associated with winter break and a decrease in campus activity, we anticipate the potential for some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU will continue to offer testing at no charge to students during winter break and will continue its random, required testing of students who are living on campus or are in the vicinity of the campus and plan to be on campus during winter break.

December 21 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 103 known positives among 21,244* total faculty and staff, which is 0.48% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 90 known positives in our last update.
  • 358 known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.48% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 343 in our previous update.
    • 344 of the 358 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 12 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 4,122 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 2 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers are combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 396 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 245 students live on the ASU West campus; 388 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 12/14 – 12/20 = 260
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 3.08%
  • Cumulative tests = 9,782
    • Positives = 162
    • Percent positive = 1.66%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 12/14 – 12/20 = 405
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 1.73%
  • Cumulative tests = 26,520
    • Positives = 376
    • Percent positive = 1.42%

Employees

  • Tests from 12/14 – 12/20 = 920
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 0.87%
  • Cumulative tests = 11,504
    • Positives = 63
    • Percent positive = 0.55%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 171,731 (previously 167,431) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 83 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 46 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 3,698 (previously 3,571)
  • Faculty and staff: 323 (previously 295)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 3,765 (previously 3,636)*
  • Faculty and staff: 340 (previously 322)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Dec. 21, 2020 is 7,748, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 5,871. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.04 which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of December 21, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

December 17, 2020

Updated: Dec. 17, 2020 @ 9:00 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases continue to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. The current known positive cases in the ASU community have increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. With the holiday season upon us, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all  CDC guidelines related to higher education.

During the winter break, there will be fewer students on campus, though several thousand will remain living in ASU residence halls. The university will continue to provide updates during this period of time. Influenced by factors associated with winter break and a decrease in campus activity, we anticipate the potential for some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU will continue to offer testing at no charge to students during winter break and will continue its random, required testing of students who are living on campus or are in the vicinity of the campus and plan to be on campus during winter break.

December 17 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 90 known positives among 21,244* total faculty and staff, which is 0.42% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 85 known positives in our last update.
  • 343 known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.46% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 337 in our previous update.
    • 328 of the 343 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 13 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 4,102 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 2 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers are combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 395 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 246 students live on the ASU West campus; 392 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

*Includes all full- and part-time employees from ASU, ASU Preparatory Academy and ASU Enterprise Partners.

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 12/07 – 12/13 = 328
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 2.13%
  • Cumulative tests = 9,522
    • Positives = 154
    • Percent positive = 1.62%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 12/7 – 12/13 = 526
    • Positives = 14
    • Percent positive = 2.66%
  • Cumulative tests = 26,115
    • Positives = 369
    • Percent positive = 1.41%

Employees

  • Tests from 12/07 – 12/13 = 1,093
    • Positives = 14
    • Percent positive = 1.28%
  • Cumulative tests = 10,582
    • Positives = 55
    • Percent positive = 0.52%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 167,431 (previously 163,357) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 83 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 46 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 3,571 (previously 3,478)
  • Faculty and staff: 295 (previously 274)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 3,636 (previously 3,557)*
  • Faculty and staff: 322 (previously 309)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Dec. 17, 2020 is 5,817, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 6,787. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.15 which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of December 17, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

December 14, 2020

Updated: Dec. 14, 2020 @ 9:00 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases continue to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. The current known positive cases in the ASU community have increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. With the holiday season upon us, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all  CDC guidelines related to higher education.

During the winter break, there will be fewer students on campus, though several thousand will remain living in ASU residence halls. The university will continue to provide updates during this period of time. Influenced by factors associated with winter break and a decrease in campus activity, we anticipate the potential for some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU will continue to offer testing at no charge to students during winter break and will continue its random, required testing of students who are living on campus or are in the vicinity of the campus and plan to be on campus during winter break.

December 14 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 85 known positives among 13,130 total faculty and staff, which is 0.65% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 84 known positives in our last update.
  • 337 known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.45% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 317 in our previous update.
    • 320 of the 338 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 15 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 4,149 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 2 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers are combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 400 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 246 students live on the ASU West campus; 406 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 12/07 – 12/13 = 328
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 2.13%
  • Cumulative tests = 9,522
    • Positives = 154
    • Percent positive = 1.62%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 12/7 – 12/13 = 526
    • Positives = 14
    • Percent positive = 2.66%
  • Cumulative tests = 26,115
    • Positives = 369
    • Percent positive = 1.41%

Employees

  • Tests from 12/07 – 12/13 = 1,093
    • Positives = 14
    • Percent positive = 1.28%
  • Cumulative tests = 10,582
    • Positives = 55
    • Percent positive = 0.52%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 163,357 (previously 159,161) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 83 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 46 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 3,478 (previously 3,378)
  • Faculty and staff: 274 (previously 253)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 3,557 (previously 3,441)*
  • Faculty and staff: 309 (previously 293)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Dec. 14, 2020 is 11,806, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 7,772. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.12 which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of December 14, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

December 10, 2020

Updated: Dec. 10, 2020 @ 9:00 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases continue to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. The current known positive cases in the ASU community have increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. With the holiday season upon us, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all  CDC guidelines related to higher education.

During the winter break, there will be fewer students on campus, though several thousand will remain living in ASU residence halls. The university will continue to provide updates during this period of time. Influenced by factors associated with winter break and a decrease in campus activity, we anticipate the potential for some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU will continue to offer testing at no charge to students during winter break and will continue its random, required testing of students who are living on campus or are in the vicinity of the campus and plan to be on campus during winter break.

December 10 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 84 known positives among 13,130 total faculty and staff, which is 0.64% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 79 known positives in our last update.
  • 317 known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.43% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 286 in our previous update.
    • 296 of the 317 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 18 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 3,996 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 3 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers are combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 370 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 229 students live on the ASU West campus; 355 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 11/30 – 12/06 = 280
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 3.57%
  • Cumulative tests = 9,195
    • Positives = 147
    • Percent positive = 1.60%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 11/30 – 12/06 = 348
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 2.87%
  • Cumulative tests = 25,590
    • Positives = 355
    • Percent positive = 1.39%

Employees

  • Tests from 11/30 – 12/06 = 788
    • Positives = 20
    • Percent positive = 2.54%
  • Cumulative tests = 9,483
    • Positives = 44
    • Percent positive = 0.46%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 159,161 (previously 154,870) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 83 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 45 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 3,378 (previously 3,254)
  • Faculty and staff: 253 (previously 236)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 3,441 (previously 3,362)*
  • Faculty and staff: 293 (previously 280)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Dec. 10, 2020 is 4,928, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 5,873. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.22, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of December 10, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

December 7, 2020

Updated: Dec. 7, 2020 @ 9:00 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases continue to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. The current known positive cases in the ASU community have increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. With the holiday season upon us, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all  CDC guidelines related to higher education.

During the winter break, there will be fewer students on campus, though several thousand will remain living in ASU residence halls. The university will continue to provide updates during this period of time. Influenced by factors associated with winter break and a decrease in campus activity, we anticipate the potential for some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU will continue to offer testing at no charge to students during winter break and will continue its random, required testing of students who are living on campus or are in the vicinity of the campus and plan to be on campus during winter break.

December 7 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 79 known positives among 13,128 total faculty and staff, which is 0.60% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 77 known positives in our last update.
  • 286 known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.38% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 260 in our previous update.
    • 265 of the 286 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 17 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 4,765 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 4 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers are combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 444 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 275 students live on the ASU West campus; 381 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 11/30 – 12/06 = 280
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 3.57%
  • Cumulative tests = 9,195
    • Positives = 147
    • Percent positive = 1.60%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 11/30 – 12/06 = 348
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 2.87%
  • Cumulative tests = 25,590
    • Positives = 355
    • Percent positive = 1.39%

Employees

  • Tests from 11/30 – 12/06 = 788
    • Positives = 20
    • Percent positive = 2.54%
  • Cumulative tests = 9,483
    • Positives = 44
    • Percent positive = 0.46%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 154,870 (previously 150,477) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 82 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 44 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 3,254 (previously 3,146)
  • Faculty and staff:  236 (previously 211)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 3,362 (previously 3,265)*
  • Faculty and staff: 280 (previously 262)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Dec. 7, 2020 is 1,567, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 5,575. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.17, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of December 7, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Awarded $12.5 million to research COVID-19 immune response and help improve patient outcomes. ASU will join the National Cancer Institute’s Serological Sciences Network (SeroNet), the nation’s largest coordinated effort to study people’s immune response to COVID-19.
  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

December 3, 2020

Updated: Dec. 3, 2020 @ 9:00 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases continue to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. The current known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. With the holiday season upon us, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all  CDC guidelines related to higher education.

December 3 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 77 known positives among 13,128 total faculty and staff, which is 0.58% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 101 known positives in our last update.
  • 260 known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.35% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 300 in our previous update.
    • 217 of the 260 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 35 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 8,854 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 8 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers are combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 1,078 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 501 students live on the ASU West campus; 733 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 11/23 – 11/29 = 500
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 1.40%
  • Cumulative tests = 8,915
    • Positives = 137
    • Percent positive = 1.54%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 11/23 – 11/29 = 1,544
    • Positives = 31
    • Percent positive = 2.01%
  • Cumulative tests = 25,242
    • Positives = 345
    • Percent positive = 1.37%

Employees

  • Tests from 11/23 – 11/29 = 788
    • Positives = 5
    • Percent positive = 0.63%
  • Cumulative tests = 8,668
    • Positives = 24
    • Percent positive = 0.28%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 150,477 (previously 146,878) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 82 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 44 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 3,146 (previously 3,053)
  • Faculty and staff:  211 (previously 195)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 3,265 (previously 3,137)*
  • Faculty and staff: 262 (previously 234)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Dec. 3, 2020 is 5,442, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 4,585. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.17, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of December 3, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

November 30, 2020

Updated: Nov. 30, 2020 @ 9:00 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. The current known positive cases in the ASU community have increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. As the holiday season approaches, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling home.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all  CDC guidelines related to higher education.

November 30 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 101 known positives among 12,844 total faculty and staff, which is 0.79% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 91 known positives in our last update.
  • 300 known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.40% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 285 in our previous update.
    • 234 of the 300 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 52 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 8,855 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 14 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers are combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 1,081 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 505 students live on the ASU West campus; 743 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 11/23 – 11/29 = 500
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 1.40%
  • Cumulative tests = 8,915
    • Positives = 137
    • Percent positive = 1.54%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 11/23 – 11/29 = 1,544
    • Positives = 31
    • Percent positive = 2.01%
  • Cumulative tests = 25,242
    • Positives = 345
    • Percent positive = 1.37%

Employees

  • Tests from 11/23 – 11/29 = 788
    • Positives = 5
    • Percent positive = 0.63%
  • Cumulative tests = 8,668
    • Positives = 24
    • Percent positive = 0.28%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 146,878 (previously 143,494) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 81 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 43 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 3,053 (previously 2,977)
  • Faculty and staff:  195 (previously 176)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 3,137 (previously 3,037)*
  • Faculty and staff: 234 (previously 219)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Nov. 30, 2020 is 822, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 3,499. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.13, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of November 30, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

November 26, 2020

Updated: Nov. 26, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. The current known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. As the holiday season approaches, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling home.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all  CDC guidelines related to higher education.

November 26 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 91 total known positives among 12,844 total faculty and staff, which is 0.71% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 87 known positives in our last update.
  • 285 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.38% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 321 in our previous update.
    • 208 of the 285 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 63 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 8,865 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 14 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 1,081 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 505 students live on the ASU West campus; 743 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 11/16 – 11/22 = 659
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 1.52%
  • Cumulative tests = 8,325
    • Positives = 129
    • Percent positive = 1.55%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 11/16 – 11/22 = 2,375
    • Positives = 47
    • Percent positive = 1.98%
  • Cumulative tests = 23,445
    • Positives = 310
    • Percent positive = 1.32%

Employees

  • Tests from 11/16 – 11/22 = 808
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 0.87%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,846
    • Positives = 19
    • Percent positive = 0.24%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 143,494 (previously 136,177) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 81 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 43 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,977 (previously 2,870)
  • Faculty and staff:  176 (previously 153)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 3,037 (previously 2,917)*
  • Faculty and staff: 219 (previously 207)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Nov. 26, 2020 is 3,476, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 3,872. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.15, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Nov. 26, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

November 23, 2020

Updated: Nov. 23, 2020 @ 6:30 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. The current known positive cases in the ASU community have increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. As the holiday season approaches, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling home.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all  CDC guidelines related to higher education.

November 23 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 87 total known positives among 12,844 total faculty and staff, which is 0.67% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 58 known positives in our last update.
  • 321 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.43% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 289 in our previous update.
    • 247 of the 321 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 62 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 8,912 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 12 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 1,097 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 507 students live on the ASU West campus; 742 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 11/16 – 11/22 = 659
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 1.52%
  • Cumulative tests = 8,325
    • Positives = 129
    • Percent positive = 1.55%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 11/16 – 11/22 = 2,375
    • Positives = 47
    • Percent positive = 1.98%
  • Cumulative tests = 23,445
    • Positives = 310
    • Percent positive = 1.32%

Employees

  • Tests from 11/16 – 11/22 = 808
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 0.87%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,846
    • Positives = 19
    • Percent positive = 0.24%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 136,177 (previously 129,374) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 80 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 42 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,870 (previously 2,758)
  • Faculty and staff: 153 (previously 127)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,917 (previously 2,781)*
  • Faculty and staff: 207 (previously 199)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Nov. 23, 2020 is 2,659, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 3,630. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.14, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Nov. 23, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

November 19, 2020

Updated: Nov. 19, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. However, current known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. As the holiday season approaches, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling home.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all  CDC guidelines related to higher education.

November 19 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 58 total known positives among 12,955 total faculty and staff, which is 0.44% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 53 known positives in our last update.
  • 289 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.39% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 396 in our previous update.
    • 227 of the 289 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 52 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 8,977 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 10 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 1,107 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 508 students live on the ASU West campus; 748 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 11/9 – 11/15 = 410
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 1.71%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,392
    • Positives = 113
    • Percent positive = 1.53%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 11/9 – 11/15 = 1,097
    • Positives = 18
    • Percent positive = 1.64%
  • Cumulative tests = 19,961
    • Positives = 237
    • Percent positive = 1.19%

Employees

  • Tests from 11/9 – 11/15 = 574
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,006
    • Positives = 12
    • Percent positive = 0.17%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 129,374 (previously 124,622) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 79 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 40 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,758 (previously 2,671)
  • Faculty and staff: 127 (previously 113)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,781 (previously 2,610)*
  • Faculty and staff: 199 (previously 191)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Nov. 19, 2020 is 4,123, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 2,952. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.15, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Nov. 19, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

November 16, 2020

Updated: Nov. 16, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. Current known positive cases in the ASU community increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. As the holiday season approaches, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling home.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all  CDC guidelines related to higher education.

November 16 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 53 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is 0.43% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 37 known positives in our last update.
  • 396 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.53% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 405 in our previous update.
    • 311 of the 396 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 72 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 8,981 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 13 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 1,109 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 508 students live on the ASU West campus; 749 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 11/9 – 11/15 = 410
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 1.71%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,392
    • Positives = 113
    • Percent positive = 1.53%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 11/9 – 11/15 = 1,097
    • Positives = 18
    • Percent positive = 1.64%
  • Cumulative tests = 19,961
    • Positives = 237
    • Percent positive = 1.19%

Employees

  • Tests from 11/9 – 11/15 = 574
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,006
    • Positives = 12
    • Percent positive = 0.17%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 124,622 (previously 118,971) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 77 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 39 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,671 (previously 2,533)
  • Faculty and staff: 113 (previously 90)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,610 (previously 2,446)*
  • Faculty and staff: 191 (previously 185)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Nov. 16, 2020 is 1,476, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 2,459. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.14, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Nov. 16, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

November 12, 2020

Updated: Nov. 12, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase since our last update and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. Current known positive cases in the ASU community increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. As the holiday season approaches, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling home.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all  CDC guidelines related to higher education.

November 12 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 37 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is 0.3% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 36 known positives in our last update.
  • 405 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.54% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 252 in our previous update.
    • 296 of the 405 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 95 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 8,999 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 14 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 1,114 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 508 students live on the ASU West campus; 751 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/31 – 11/7 = 689
    • Positives = 14
    • Percent positive = 2.03%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,006
    • Positives = 106
    • Percent positive = 1.51%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/31 – 11/7 = 1,739
    • Positives = 48
    • Percent positive = 2.76%
  • Cumulative tests = 18,839
    • Positives = 219
    • Percent positive = 1.16%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/31 – 11/7 = 707
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent positive = 0.14%
  • Cumulative tests = 6,802
    • Positives = 12
    • Percent positive = 0.18%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 118,971 (previously 115,169) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 76 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 38 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,533 (previously 2,420)
  • Faculty and staff: 90 (previously 88)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,446 (previously 2,408)*
  • Faculty and staff: 185 (previously 183)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Nov. 12, 2020 is 1,399, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 1,971. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.18, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Nov. 12, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

November 9, 2020

Updated: Nov. 9, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase since our last update and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. Current known positive cases in the ASU community increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. As the holiday season approaches, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling home.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all  CDC guidelines related to higher education.

November 9 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 36 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is 0.29% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 26 known positives in our last update.
  • 252 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.34% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 144 in our previous update.
    • 167 of the 252 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 77 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,008 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 1,118 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 508 students live on the ASU West campus; 751 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/31 – 11/7 = 689
    • Positives = 14
    • Percent positive = 2.03%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,006
    • Positives = 106
    • Percent positive = 1.51%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/31 – 11/7 = 1,739
    • Positives = 48
    • Percent positive = 2.76%
  • Cumulative tests = 18,839
    • Positives = 219
    • Percent positive = 1.16%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/31 – 11/7 = 707
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent positive = 0.14%
  • Cumulative tests = 6,802
    • Positives = 12
    • Percent positive = 0.18%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 115,169 (previously 110,001) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 75 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 37 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,420 (previously 2,230)
  • Faculty and staff: 88 (previously 73)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,408 (previously 2,381)*
  • Faculty and staff: 183 (previously 178)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Nov. 9, 2020 is 435, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 1,651. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.18, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Nov. 9, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

November 5, 2020

Updated: Nov. 5, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase since our last update and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. Current known positive cases in the ASU community increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation..

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we now lead the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

November 5 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 26 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is 0.21% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 16 known positives in our last update.
  • 144 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.19% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 91 in our previous update.
    • 119 of the 144 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 23 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,021 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 1,126 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 510 students live on the ASU West campus; 752 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/24 – 10/31 = 676
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent positive = 0.30%
  • Cumulative tests = 6,317
    • Positives = 92
    • Percent positive = 1.46%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/24 – 10/31 = 1,648
    • Positives = 18
    • Percent positive = 1.09%
  • Cumulative tests = 17,099
    • Positives = 171
    • Percent positive = 1.00%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/24 – 10/31 = 584
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent positive = 0.34%
  • Cumulative tests = 5,801
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 0.17%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 110,001 (previously 106,022) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 75 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 36 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,230 (previously 2,115)
  • Faculty and staff: 73 (previously 63)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,381 (previously 2,343)*
  • Faculty and staff: 178 (previously 175)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Nov. 5, 2020 is 2,135, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 1,469.7. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.11, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since the end of September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Nov. 5, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

November 2, 2020

Updated: Nov. 2, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase since our last update and many health experts now report that the state is experiencing a surge. Current known positive cases in the ASU community increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we now lead the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

November 2 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 16 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is 0.13% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 12 known positives in our last update.
  • 91 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.12% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 74 in our previous update.
    • 86 of the 91 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • Five are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,019 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • Currently, there are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 1,127 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 510 students live on the ASU West campus; 750 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/24 – 10/31 = 676
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent positive = 0.30%
  • Cumulative tests = 6,317
    • Positives = 92
    • Percent positive = 1.46%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/24 – 10/31 = 1,648
    • Positives = 18
    • Percent positive = 1.09%
  • Cumulative tests = 17,099
    • Positives = 171
    • Percent positive = 1.00%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/24 – 10/31 = 584
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent positive = 0.34%
  • Cumulative tests = 5,801
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 0.17%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 106,022 (previously 102,373) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 74 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 34 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,115 (previously 2,075)
  • Faculty and staff: 63 (previously 54)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,343 (previously 2,310)*
  • Faculty and staff: 175 (previously 170)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases began to climb. Total positive tests reported for Nov. 2, 2020 is 666, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 1,310.7. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.16, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has been steady since the end of September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Nov. 2, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

*Reduced engagement beginning 10/31 due to app update to allow “off campus” designation by week or extended time.

October 29, 2020

Updated: Oct. 29, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase since our last update with many health experts now reporting that the state is experiencing a surge. Current known positive cases in the ASU community increased slightly since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we now lead the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

October 29 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 12 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is 0.1% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 11 known positives in our last update.
  • 74 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.1% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 70 in our previous update.
    • 64 of these 74 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 10 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,028 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • Currently, there are no students in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 1,129 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 509 students live on the ASU West campus; 751 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/18 – 10/24 = 739
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent positive = 0.41%
  • Cumulative tests = 5,655
    • Positives = 89
    • Percent positive = 1.57%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/18 – 10/24 = 1,955
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 0.41%
  • Cumulative tests = 15,436
    • Positives = 154
    • Percent positive = 1.00%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/11 – 10/17 = 587
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative tests = 5,536
    • Positives = 9
    • Percent positive = 0.16%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 102,373 (previously 98,909) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 73 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 33 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,075 (previously 2,052)
  • Faculty and staff: 54 (previously 49)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,310 (previously 2,294)*
  • Faculty and staff: 170 (previously 165)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has begun to climb. Total positive tests reported for Oct. 29, 2020 were 1,315, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 1,082.0. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.16, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has been steady since the end of September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Oct. 26, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

October 26, 2020

Updated: Oct. 26, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase since our last update with many health experts now reporting that the state is experiencing a surge. Current known positive cases in the ASU community decreased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we now lead the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

October 26 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 11 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .09% confirmed positive among employees. That number remains unchanged from our last update.
  • 70 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .09% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 80 in our previous update.
    • 56 of these 70 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 14 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,031 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • Currently, there are no students in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 1,128 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 509 students live on the ASU West campus; 753 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/18 – 10/24 = 739
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent positive = 0.41%
  • Cumulative tests = 5,655
    • Positives = 89
    • Percent positive = 1.57%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/18 – 10/24 = 1,955
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 0.41%
  • Cumulative tests = 15,436
    • Positives = 154
    • Percent positive = 1.00%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/11 – 10/17 = 587
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative tests = 5,536
    • Positives = 9
    • Percent positive = 0.16%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 98,909 (previously 94,931) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 72 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 32 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,052 (previously 2,030)
  • Faculty and staff: 49 (previously 47)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,294 (previously 2,247)*
  • Faculty and staff: 165 (previously 162)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has begun to climb. Total positive tests reported for Oct. 26, 2020 were 801, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 1,009.6. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 1.10, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has been steady since the end of September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Oct. 26, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

October 22, 2020

Updated: Oct. 22, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase since our last update with many health experts now reporting that the state is experiencing a surge. Current known positive cases in the ASU community decreased slightly since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we now lead the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

October 22 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 11 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .09% confirmed positive among employees. That number is identical to our last update.
  • 80 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .11% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 93 in our previous update.
    • 61 of these 80 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 19 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,035 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • Currently, there are no students in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 1,128 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 510 students live on the ASU West campus; 753 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/11 – 10/17 = 773
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent positive = 0.26%
  • Cumulative tests = 4,909
    • Positives = 86
    • Percent positive = 1.75%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/11 – 10/17  = 2,092
    • Positives = 9
    • Percent positive = 0.43%
  • Cumulative tests = 13,450
    • Positives = 146
    • Percent positive = 1.09%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/11 – 10/17 = 340
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent positive = 0.29%
  • Cumulative tests = 4,832
    • Positives = 9
    • Percent positive = 0.19%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 94,931 (previously 91,121) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 71 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 31 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,030 (previously 2,009)
  • Faculty and staff: 47 (previously 46)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,247 (previously 2,208)*
  • Faculty and staff: 162 (previously 161)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has begun to climb. Total positive tests reported for Oct. 22, 2020 were 994, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 879.7. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 1.16, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has been steady since the end of September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Oct. 22, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

 

October 19, 2020

Updated: Oct. 19, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have increased since our last update, but remain below the statewide levels in late June. Current known positive cases in the ASU community increased slightly since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we now lead the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

October 19 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 11 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .08% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 8 known positives in our last update.
  • 93 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .12% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 91 in our previous update.
    • 74 of these 93 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 18 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,042 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could otherwise be identified. A total of 1,129 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 509 students live on the ASU West campus; 753 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/11 – 10/17 = 773
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent positive = 0.26%
  • Cumulative tests = 4,909
    • Positives = 86
    • Percent positive = 1.75%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/11 – 10/17  = 2,092
    • Positives = 9
    • Percent positive = 0.43%
  • Cumulative tests = 13,450
    • Positives = 146
    • Percent positive = 1.09%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/11 – 10/17 = 340
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent positive = 0.29%
  • Cumulative tests = 4,832
    • Positives = 9
    • Percent positive = 0.19%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 91,121 (previously 87,677) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 69 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 30 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,009 (previously 1,980)
  • Faculty and staff: 46 (previously 44)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,208 (previously 2,171)*
  • Faculty and staff: 161 (previously 159)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has begun to climb. Total positive tests reported for Oct. 19, 2020 were 748, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 835.3. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 1.10, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has been steady since the end of September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Oct. 19, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

 

October 15, 2020

Updated: Oct. 15, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have increased since our last update, but remain below the statewide levels in late June. Current known positive cases in the ASU community declined slightly since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we will start leading the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

October 15 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 8 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .06% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 8 known positives in our last update.
  • 91 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .12%confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 121 in our previous update.
    • 68 of these 91 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 22 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,048 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could otherwise be identified. A total of 1,128 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 509 students live on the ASU West campus; 752 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/4 – 10/10 = 608
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent positive = 0.49%
  • Cumulative tests = 3,219
    • Positives = 59
    • Percent positive = 0.49%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/4 – 10/10  = 1,623
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 0.49%
  • Cumulative tests = 8,554
    • Positives = 85
    • Percent positive = 0.99%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/4 – 10/10 = 623
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0%
  • Cumulative tests = 4,207
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 0.19%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 87,677 (previously 83,644) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 68 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 29 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,980 (previously 1,953)
  • Faculty and staff: 44 (previously 43)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,171 (previously 2,108)*
  • Faculty and staff: 159 (previously 158)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has begun to climb. Total positive tests reported for Oct. 15, 2020 increased to 1,113, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 763.9. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is is 1.11, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is climbing. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Oct. 14, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

 

October 12, 2020

Updated: Oct. 12, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have increased since our last update, but remain far below the statewide levels in late June. Current known positive cases in the ASU community have increased slightly since our last report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we will start leading the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

October 12 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 8 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .06% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 6 known positives in our last update.
  • 121 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .16% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 115 in our previous update.
    • 87 of these 121 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 28 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,054 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could otherwise be identified. A total of 1,128 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 510 students live on the ASU West campus; 753 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/4 – 10/10 = 608
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent positive = 0.49%
  • Cumulative tests = 3,219
    • Positives = 59
    • Percent positive = 0.49%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/4 – 10/10  = 1,623
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 0.49%
  • Cumulative tests = 8,554
    • Positives = 85
    • Percent positive = 0.99%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/4 – 10/10 = 623
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0%
  • Cumulative tests = 4,207
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 0.19%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 83,644 (previously 79,648) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 67 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 27 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,953 (previously 1,922)
  • Faculty and staff: 43 (previously 41)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,108 (previously 2,054)*
  • Faculty and staff: 158 (no change)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Since that time, the number of new cases has been steady. Total positive tests reported for Oct. 12, 2020 decreased to 475, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 711.4. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 1.03, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is climbing slightly. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Oct. 12, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

 

October 8, 2020

Updated: Oct. 8, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have increased since our last update, but remain far below the statewide levels in late June. Current known positive cases in the ASU community declined for the ninth consecutive report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we will start leading the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

October 8 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 6 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .05% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 6 known positives in our last update.
  • 115 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .15% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 140 in our previous update.
    • 77 of these 115 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 30 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,053 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could otherwise be identified. A total of 1,127 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 511 students live on the ASU West campus; 757 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 9/27 – 10/03 = 689
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 1.45%
  • Cumulative tests = 3,099
    • Positives = 76
    • Percent positive = 2.45%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 9/27 – 10/03 = 1,961
    • Positives = 6
    • Percent positive = .31%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,762
    • Positives = 106
    • Percent positive = 1.37%

Employees

  • Tests from 9/27 – 10/03 = 574
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0%
  • Cumulative tests = 2,639
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 0.27%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 79,648 (previously 75,827) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 65 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 26 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,922 (previously 1,890)
  • Faculty and staff: 41 (previously 39)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,054 (previously 1,995)*
  • Faculty and staff: 158 (previously 156)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Since that time, the number of new cases has been steady.Total positive tests reported for Oct. 8, 2020 increased to 863, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 598.4. ASU’s critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 1.06, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is climbing slightly. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Oct. 8, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

 

October 5, 2020

Updated: Oct. 5, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases are holding steady, though far below the statewide levels seen in mid-September. Current known positive cases in the ASU community declined for the eighth consecutive report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we will start leading the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

October 5 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 6 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .05% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 5 known positives in our last update.
  • 140 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .19% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 162 in our previous update.
    • 103 of these 140 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 29 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,058 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could otherwise be identified. A total of 1,124 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 511 students live on the ASU West campus; 757 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 9/27 – 10/03 = 689
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 1.45%
  • Cumulative tests = 3,099
    • Positives = 76
    • Percent positive = 2.45%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 9/27 – 10/03 = 1,961
    • Positives = 6
    • Percent positive = .31%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,762
    • Positives = 106
    • Percent positive = 1.37%

Employees

  • Tests from 9/27 – 10/03 = 574
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0%
  • Cumulative tests = 2,639
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 0.27%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 75,827 (previously 72,495) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 64 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 24 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,890 (previously 1,852)
  • Faculty and staff: 39 (previously 36)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 1,995 (previously 1,903)*
  • Faculty and staff: 156 (previously 154)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Since that time, the number of new cases has been steady. Total positive tests reported for Oct. 5, 2020 dropped to 316, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 508.6. ASU’s critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 1.01, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is climbing slightly. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Oct. 5, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

 

October 1, 2020

Updated: Oct 1, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we will start leading the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

October 1 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 5 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .04% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 4 known positives in our last update.
  • 162 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .22% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 211 in our previous update.
    • 116 of these 162 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 42 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,060 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could otherwise be identified. A total of 1,124 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 512 students live on the ASU West campus; 760 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 9/20 – 9/26 = 530
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 1.51%
  • Cumulative tests = 2,451
    • Positives = 70
    • Percent positive = 2.86%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 9/20 – 9/26 = 1,409
    • Positives = 16
    • Percent positive = 1.14%
  • Cumulative tests = 5,764
    • Positives = 96
    • Percent positive = 1.67%

Employees

  • Tests from 9/20 – 9/26 = 551
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0%
  • Cumulative tests = 2,272
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 0.31%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 72,495 (previously 68,542) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 62 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 23 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,852 (previously 1,802)
  • Faculty and staff: 36 (previously 33)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 1,903 (previously 1,818)*
  • Faculty and staff: 154 (previously 152)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Since that time, the number of new cases has been steady. Total positive tests reported for Oct. 1, 2020 climbed to 705, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 480. ASU’s critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 1.04, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is holding steady. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty  provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Oct. 1, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

 

September 28, 2020

Updated: Sept 28, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we will start leading the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

September 28 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 4 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .03% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 2 known positives in our last update.
  • 211 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .3% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 255 in our previous update.
    • 148 of these 211 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 60 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,079 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could otherwise be identified. A total of 1,127 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 511 students live on the ASU West campus; 761 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 9/20 – 9/26 = 530
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 1.51%
  • Cumulative tests = 2,451
    • Positives = 70
    • Percent positive = 2.86%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 9/20 – 9/26 = 1,409
    • Positives = 16
    • Percent positive = 1.14%
  • Cumulative tests = 5,764
    • Positives = 96
    • Percent positive = 1.67%

Employees

  • Tests from 9/20 – 9/26 = 551
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0%
  • Cumulative tests = 2,272
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 0.31%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 68,542 (previously 65,412) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 60 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 21 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,802 (previously 1,753)
  • Faculty and staff: 33 (previously 31)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 1,818 (previously 1,682)*
  • Faculty and staff: 152 (no change)**

*This number is based on students who were positive as a result of a Biodesign test. This number also includes ASU students who were positive cases prior to August 1.
** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Since that time, the number of new cases has been steady. Total positive tests reported for Sept. 28, 2020 dropped to 273, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 465.6. ASU’s critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 0.90, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is holding steady. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty  provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Sept. 28, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

 

September 24, 2020

Updated: Sept 24, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we will start leading the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

September 23 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 2 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .01% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 3 known positives in our last update.
  • 255 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .3% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 260 in our previous update.
    • 171 of these 255 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 73 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,129 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could otherwise be identified. A total of 1,131 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 512 students live on the ASU West campus; 764 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results  specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 9/13 – 9/19 = 837
    • Positives = 29
    • Percent positive = 3.46%
  • Cumulative tests = 1921
    • Positives = 62
    • Percent positive = 3.23%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 9/13 – 9/19  = 2213
    • Positives = 36
    • Percent positive = 1.63%
  • Cumulative tests = 4355
    • Positives = 80
    • Percent positive = 1.84%

Employees

  • Tests from 9/13 – 9/19 = 504
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0%
  • Cumulative tests = 1925
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 0.4%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 65,412 (previously 60,955) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 55 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 17 percent of students living off campus

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,753 (previously 1,670)
  • Faculty and staff: 31

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 1,682 (previously 1,604)
  • Faculty and staff: 152 (previously 151)**

** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Since that time, the number of new cases has been steady. Total positive tests reported for Sept. 24, 2020 climbed to 568, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 598.9. ASU’s critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 0.93, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is holding steady. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty  provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Sept. 24, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

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September 21, 2020 Update 2

Updated: Sept 21, 2020 @ 9pm 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we will start leading the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at (480) 727-0772.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is here to stay and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we invested in testing technology, built health check apps and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is following all CDC guidelines related to higher education.

September 20 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 3 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .02% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 5 known positives in our last update.
  • 260 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .3% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 355 in our previous update.
    • 163 of these 260 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 83 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,202 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could otherwise be identified. A total of 1,141 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 512 students live on the ASU West campus; 765 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results  specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 9/13 – 9/19 = 837
    • Positives = 29
    • Percent positive = 3.46%
  • Cumulative tests = 1921
    • Positives = 62
    • Percent positive = 3.23%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 9/13 – 9/19  = 2213
    • Positives = 36
    • Percent positive = 1.63%
  • Cumulative tests = 4355
    • Positives = 80
    • Percent positive = 1.84%

Employees

  • Tests from 9/13 – 9/19 = 504
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0%
  • Cumulative tests = 1925
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 0.4%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 60,955 test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 55 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 17 percent of students living off campus

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,670
  • Faculty and staff: 31

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 1,604
  • Faculty and staff: 151**

** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Since that time, the number of new cases has been steady. Total positive tests reported for Sept. 21, 2020 dropped to 233, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 789.4. ASU’s critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 0.99, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is holding steady. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty  provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Sept. 16, and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts. ASU:

  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is well aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We work with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU also works with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU also is working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to better understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

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September 21, 2020 Update 1

Updated: Sept 21, 2020 @ 9pm 

ASU is providing periodic updates on our COVID-19 Management Framework, which consists of supporting virus management efforts at the state, local and university level.

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis as Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Since that time, the number of new cases has been steady. Total positive tests reported for Sept. 21, 2020 dropped to 233, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 789.4. ASU’s critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public. One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 0.99, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is holding steady. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

Following also is a link to a statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty that provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and county level (Maricopa) as of Sept. 16 and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts:

  • Established and operate a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continue to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operating COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manage an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provide daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assisting businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We have worked with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU has also worked with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU is also working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we have invented testing technology, built health check apps in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is also following CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Since August 1, we have collected approximately 60,955 test results from students and employees. Since the beginning of the semester ASU has tested 55 percent of students living on campus (these are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative test to move into the residence halls) and has tested 17 percent of students living off campus. The incidence of testing has increased as we launched periodic testing of a statistically significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff.

Cumulative number of positive tests since August 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,670
  • Faculty and staff: 31

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 1,604
  • Faculty and staff: 151*

*this number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

As of September 20, our COVID-19 positive case count is as follows:

  • 3 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .02% confirmed positive among employees.
  • 260 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding online), which is .3% confirmed positive among the student body.
    • 163 of these positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area
    • 83 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,202 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that the specific individuals could otherwise be identified from the number. A total of 1,141 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 512 students live on the ASU West campus; 765 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

As of September 16, our COVID-19 positive case count is as follows:

  • 5 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .04% confirmed positive among employees.
  • 355 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding online), which is .4% confirmed positive among the student body.
    • 259 of these positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area
    • 88 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,426 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that the specific individuals could otherwise be identified from the number. A total of 1,153 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 514 students live on the ASU West campus; 764 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

Random testing results

ASU initiated required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. Our goal is to conduct continuous testing of a statistically significant, representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results are:

Off Campus Students

  • Cumulative Tests = 4355
    • Positives = 80
    • Percent Positive = 1.84%
  • Tests from 9/13 – 9/19  = 2213
    • Positives = 36
    • Percent Positive = 1.63%

On Campus Students

  • Cumulative Tests = 1921
    • Positives = 62
    • Percent Positive = 3.23%
  • Tests from 9/13 – 9/19 = 837
    • Positives = 29
    • Percent Positive = 3.46%

Employees

  • Cumulative Tests=1925
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent Positive = 0.4%
  • Tests from 9/13 – 9/19 = 504
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0%

ASU is taking the following steps to proactively manage COVID-19 cases:

  • All positive cases are in isolation, per CDC guidelines
  • Contact tracing efforts implemented for close contacts (per CDC, a close contact is defined as being less than 6 feet away for 10 minutes or more) with instructions for quarantining
  • Scientific investigation of test results and virus transmission on and off campus has been initiated
  • Continued and strengthened enforcement of ASU Community of Care standards and physical distancing protocols
  • Using the daily health check application to monitor students and employees for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Moving to University Housing Mode 3, Restricted Mode of Operations: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests.

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

Learning Mode 2: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in a hybrid fashion. Courses are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity and are also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements. Students can choose their preferred learning environment to accommodate their needs. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester. This mode will continue until circumstances permit it to move up or require it to move down.

Learning Mode 3: The majority of courses are delivered to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses. A limited number of courses that do not translate to a digital environment such as labs and performing arts, are offered in-person, on-campus at a reduced capacity. All faculty, staff and students are required to comply with public health requirements.

Learning Mode 4: Instruction is delivered to students digitally only through ASU Sync, iCourses and ASU Online. There is no in-person classroom instruction at all. 

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

University Housing Mode 1:  Regular Mode of Operation: Residence halls at full capacity.  External visitors allowed in buildings. 

University Housing Mode 2: Limited Mode of Operations: ASU fills residence halls at lowered capacity to provide for flexibility in self-isolation and quarantine spaces.  Guests in residence hall rooms are limited to those within the hall. This is the mode in which ASU started the fall semester.

University Housing Mode 3: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests. This is the mode ASU is currently operating in.

University Housing Mode 4: Essential Only: Students who have no other options will be allowed to request an exemption to live in residence. 

University Housing Mode 5: Closed: No use of residential halls.

ASU Daily Health Check

ASU continues to monitor health check data for students and employees coming to campus. Overall compliance rates remain consistent.  The HealthCheck platform was designed by Los Angeles-based Safe Health Systems, a startup that advanced as part of the Mayo Clinic and ASU MedTech Accelerator.  It is designed to advise users on appropriate steps to take if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms, including staying home, contacting a healthcare provider and potentially getting a COVID-19 test.

report graph

September 17, 2020

Updated: Sept 17, 2020 @ 9pm 

ASU is providing periodic updates on our COVID-19 Management Framework, which consists of supporting virus management efforts at the state, local and university level.

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis as Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count has been decreasing since its peak in June, and trending downward very steadily since the end of June. Due to a change in ADHS reporting, total positive tests reported for Sept.17, 2020, climbed to 1,753, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 665. ASU’s critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public. One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 0.94, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is holding steady. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

Following also is a link to a statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty that provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and county level (Maricopa) as of Sept. 16 and dating back to April 1.

ASU Support for Statewide Efforts to Combat the Spread of COVID-19

Since the start of the pandemic, ASU has mobilized resources to help the state and our communities combat the spread of COVID-19. Below is a sampling of our ongoing efforts:

  • Established and operate a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continue to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operating COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manage an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provide daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assisting businesses with reopening plans

More information about these efforts can be found in this recently published six-month review of how ASU’s research enterprise and the community have united against the pandemic. 

ASU Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

ASU is aware that our community extends beyond the borders of our campuses. We have worked with businesses surrounding our campuses that students and employees often visit so they understand our expectations around enforcing public health protocols during the pandemic. ASU has also worked with housing developments where large numbers of our students reside to communicate our expectations for conduct and behavior, including the fact that parties and large gatherings that violate public health guidelines are prohibited.

ASU is also working with the Arizona Department of Health Services to analyze and produce data from the zip codes in which our campuses (including residence halls) are located to understand virus trends at the local level. 

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we have invented testing technology, built health check apps in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is also following CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Since August 1, we have collected approximately 57,629 test results from students and employees. The incidence of testing has increased as we launched periodic testing of a statistically significant percentage of the on-campus population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff.

Cumulative number of positive tests since August 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,580
  • Faculty and staff: 30

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for