ASU's COVID-19 Management Strategy & Data

COVID-19 Management
Strategy & Data

ASU's COVID-19 Management Strategy & Data Update

Updated: October 18, 2021 @ 6 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.

For the fall 2021 semester, more than 15,000 students are living on campus and ASU continues to provide weekly updates each Monday on its COVID management practices and data. ASU continues to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to students who are living on campus or attending classes in person and have not yet been vaccinated. 

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options. ASU also has on-campus vaccine sites for students, faculty and staff. 

  • 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. The university is operating in Mode 1. 

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:

  • 19 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.09% confirmed positive. That compares with 17 in our last update.
  • 83 known positives among our student body of 77,063 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.11% confirmed positive. That compares with 127 in our last update.
    • 77 of the 83 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 5 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 12,021 students live; 1 student is in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 1,821 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 664 students live on the ASU West campus; and 892 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, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. The goal is 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 10/11 - 10/17 = 191
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 4,121
    • Positives = 75
    • Percent Positive = 1.82%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/11- 10/17 = 514
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent Positive = 0.58%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 8,182
    • Positives = 111
    • Percent Positive = 1.36% 

Employees

  • Tests from 10/11 - 10/17 = 375
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 4,587
    • Positives = 20
    • Percent Positive = 0.44%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 156,440 (previously 152,773) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since August 1, 2021 ASU has tested about 73 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 Aug. 1, 2021

  • Students: 825 – (previously 796)
  • Faculty and staff: 289 – (previously 273)

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

  • Students: 1,446 – (previously 1,354)
  • Faculty and staff: 272 – (previously 258)

See past updates for ASU data before the fall 2021 semester. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for October 18, 2021 is 2,482. The seven-day trailing average is 2,559.3. 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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

October 11, 2021

Updated: October 11, 2021 @ 6 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.

For the fall 2021 semester, more than 15,000 students are living on campus and ASU continues to provide weekly updates each Monday on its COVID management practices and data. ASU continues to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to students who are living on campus or attending classes in person and have not yet been vaccinated. 

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options. ASU also has on-campus vaccine sites for students, faculty and staff. 

  • Arizona cases have declined 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. The university is operating in Mode 1. 

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 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.08% confirmed positive. That compares with 29 in our last update.
  • 127 known positives among our student body of 77,063 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.16% confirmed positive. That compares with 148 in our last update.
    • 115 of the 127 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 8 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 12,019 students live; 4 students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 1,823 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 663 students live on the ASU West campus; and 889 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, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. The goal is 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 10/04 - 10/10 = 321
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent Positive = 0.93%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 3,918
    • Positives = 75
    • Percent Positive = 1.91%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/4- 10/10 = 810
    • Positives = 13
    • Percent Positive = 1.60%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 7,654
    • Positives = 108
    • Percent Positive = 1.41% 

Employees

  • Tests from 10/4 - 10/10 = 437
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent Positive = 0.46%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 4,208
    • Positives = 20
    • Percent Positive = 0.48%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 152,773 (previously 147,845) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since August 1, 2021 ASU has tested about 70 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 Aug. 1, 2021

  • Students: 796 – (previously 740)
  • Faculty and staff: 273 – (previously 256)

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

  • Students: 1,354 – (previously 1,215)
  • Faculty and staff: 258 – (previously 229)

See past updates for ASU data before the fall 2021 semester. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for October 11, 2021 is 1,760. The seven-day trailing average is 2,260.9. 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 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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 4, 2021

Updated: October 4, 2021 @ 6 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.

For the fall 2021 semester, more than 15,000 students are living on campus and ASU continues to provide weekly updates each Monday on its COVID management practices and data. ASU continues to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to students who are living on campus or attending classes in person and have not yet been vaccinated. 

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options. ASU also has on-campus vaccine sites for students, faculty and staff. 

  • Arizona cases have declined 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. The university is operating in Mode 1. 

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:

  • 29 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.13% confirmed positive. That compares with 31 in our last update.
  • 148 known positives among our student body of 77,063 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.19% confirmed positive. That compares with 195 in our last update.
    • 133 of the 148 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 11 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 12,014 students live; 4 students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 1,822 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 663 students live on the ASU West campus; and 889 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, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. The goal is 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 09/27 - 10/03 = 343
    • Positives = 4
    • Percent Positive = 1.17%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 3,584
    • Positives = 72
    • Percent Positive = 2.01%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 09/27- 10/03 = 957
    • Positives = 19
    • Percent Positive = 1.99%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 6,820
    • Positives = 95
    • Percent Positive = 1.39% 

Employees

  • Tests from 09/27 - 10/03 = 406
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 3,764
    • Positives = 18
    • Percent Positive = 0.48%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 147,845 (previously 142,762) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since August 1, 2021 ASU has tested about 65 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 Aug. 1, 2021

  • Students: 740 – (previously 679)
  • Faculty and staff: 256 – (previously 228)

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

  • Students: 1,215– (previously 1,061)
  • Faculty and staff: 229 – (previously 199)

See past updates for ASU data before the fall 2021 semester. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for October 4, 2021 is 2,255. The seven-day trailing average is 2,579. 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

September 27, 2021

Updated: September 27, 2021 @ 6 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.

For the fall 2021 semester, more than 15,000 students are living on campus and ASU continues to provide weekly updates each Monday on its COVID management practices and data. ASU continues to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to students who are living on campus or attending classes in person and have not yet been vaccinated. 

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options. ASU also has on-campus vaccine sites for students, faculty and staff. 

  • Arizona cases have declined 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. The university is operating in Mode 1. 

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:

  • 31 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.14% confirmed positive. That compares with 27 in our last update.
  • 195 known positives among our student body of 77,063 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.25% confirmed positive. That compares with 200 in our last update.
    • 172 of the 195 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 14 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 12,017 students live; 9 students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 1,822 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 664 students live on the ASU West campus; and 888 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, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. The goal is 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 09/20 - 09/26 = 345
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent Positive = 2.90%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 3,228
    • Positives = 68
    • Percent Positive = 2.11%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 09/20- 09/26 = 1,034
    • Positives = 16
    • Percent Positive = 1.55%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 5,841
    • Positives = 75
    • Percent Positive = 1.28% 

Employees

  • Tests from 09/20 - 09/26 = 429
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 3,352
    • Positives = 18
    • Percent Positive = 0.54%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 142,762 (previously 137,255) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since August 1, 2021 ASU has tested about 58 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 Aug. 1, 2021

  • Students: 679 – (previously 584)
  • Faculty and staff: 228 – (previously 200)

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

  • Students: 1,061– (previously 897)
  • Faculty and staff: 199 – (previously 175)

See past updates for ASU data before the fall 2021 semester. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for September 27, 2021 is 1,959. The seven-day trailing average is 2,500.7. 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 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

September 20, 2021

Updated: September 20, 2021 @ 6 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.

For the fall 2021 semester, more than 15,000 students are living on campus and ASU continues to provide weekly updates each Monday on its COVID management practices and data. ASU continues to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to students who are living on campus or attending classes in person and have not yet been vaccinated. 

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options. ASU also has on-campus vaccine sites for students, faculty and staff. 

  • Arizona cases have declined 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. The university is operating in Mode 1. 

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:

  • 27 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.13% confirmed positive. That compares with 28 in our last update.
  • 200 known positives among our student body of 77,063 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.26% confirmed positive. That compares with 276 in our last update.
    • 170 of the 200 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 19 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 12,008 students live; 11 students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 1,824 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 664 students live on the ASU West campus; and 891 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, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. The goal is 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 09/13 - 09/19 = 432
    • Positives = 4
    • Percent Positive = 0.93%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 2,867
    • Positives = 58
    • Percent Positive = 2.02%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 09/13- 09/19 = 1,130
    • Positives = 13
    • Percent Positive = 1.15%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 4,789
    • Positives = 58
    • Percent Positive = 1.21% 

Employees

  • Tests from 09/13 - 09/19 = 515
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent Positive = 0.58%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 2,921
    • Positives = 18
    • Percent Positive = 0.62%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 137,255 (previously 131,250) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since August 1, 2021 ASU has tested about 51 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 Aug. 1, 2021

  • Students: 584 – (previously 501)
  • Faculty and staff: 200 – (previously 176)

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

  • Students: 897 – (previously 650)
  • Faculty and staff: 175 – (previously 150)

See past updates for ASU data before the fall 2021 semester. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for September 20, 2021 is 2,020. The seven-day trailing average is 2,563.6. 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 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

September 13, 2021

Updated: September 13, 2021 @ 7 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.

For the fall 2021 semester, more than 15,000 students are living on campus and ASU continues to provide weekly updates each Monday on its COVID management practices and data. ASU continues to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to students who are living on campus or attending classes in person and have not yet been vaccinated. 

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options. ASU also has on-campus vaccine sites for students, faculty and staff. 

  • Arizona cases have declined 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. The university is operating in Mode 1. 

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:

  • 28 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.13% confirmed positive. That compares with 29 in our last update.
  • 276 known positives among our student body of 77,063 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.36% confirmed positive. That compares with 283 in our last update.
    • 235 of the 276 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 35 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 12,000 students live. Six students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 1,802 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 665 students live on the ASU West campus; and 892 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, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. The goal is 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 09/06 - 09/12 = 489
    • Positives = 12
    • Percent Positive = 2.45%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 2,408
    • Positives = 54
    • Percent Positive = 2.24%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 09/06- 09/12 = 1,070
    • Positives = 11
    • Percent Positive = 1.03%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 3,640
    • Positives = 44
    • Percent Positive = 1.21% 

Employees

  • Tests from 09/06 - 09/12 = 430
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent Positive = 0.70%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 2,405
    • Positives = 15
    • Percent Positive = 0.62%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 131,250 (previously 125,564) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since August 1, 2021 ASU has tested about 42 percent of students living on campus and about 14 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 Aug. 1, 2021

  • Students: 501 – (previously 408)
  • Faculty and staff: 176 – (previously 149)

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

  • Students: 650 – (previously 436)
  • Faculty and staff: 150 – (previously 122)

See past updates for ASU data before the fall 2021 semester. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for September 13, 2021 is 2,278. The seven-day trailing average is 2,581. 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

September 7, 2021

Updated: September 7, 2021 @ 7 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.

For the fall 2021 semester, more than 15,000 students are living on campus and ASU continues to provide weekly updates each Monday on its COVID management practices and data. ASU continues to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to students who are living on campus or attending classes in person and have not yet been vaccinated. 

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options. ASU also has on-campus vaccine sites for students, faculty and staff. 

  • Arizona cases have declined in recent days. 
  • Known positive cases in the ASU community have remained relatively steady since our last report.
  • There is no change in the university’s housing or learning modes of operation. The university is operating in Mode 1. 

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:

  • 29 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.13% confirmed positive. That compares with 35 in our last update.
  • 283 known positives among our student body of 77,063 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.37% confirmed positive. That compares with 271 in our last update.
    • 243 of the 283 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 33 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 11,983 students live. Seven students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 1,809 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 664 students live on the ASU West campus; and 893 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, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. The goal is 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 08/30 - 09/05 = 586
    • Positives = 13
    • Percent Positive = 2.22%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 1,878
    • Positives = 40
    • Percent Positive = 2.13%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 08/30- 09/05 = 1,285
    • Positives = 12
    • Percent Positive = 0.93%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 2,540
    • Positives = 33
    • Percent Positive = 1.30% 

Employees

  • Tests from 08/30 - 09/05 = 425
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.24%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 1,970
    • Positives = 12
    • Percent Positive = 0.61%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 125,564 (previously 109,614) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since August 1, 2021 ASU has tested about 32 percent of students living on campus and about 11 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 Aug. 1, 2021

  • Students: 408 – (previously 296)
  • Faculty and staff: 149 – (previously 127)

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

  • Students: 436 – (previously 228)
  • Faculty and staff: 122 – (previously 94)

See past updates for ASU data before the fall 2021 semester. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for September 7, 2021 is 1,982. The seven-day trailing average is 3,266.7. 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 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

August 30, 2021

Updated: August 30, 2021 @ 7 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.

For the fall 2021 semester, more than 15,000 students are living on campus and ASU continues to provide weekly updates each Monday on its COVID management practices and data. ASU continues to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to students who are living on campus or attending classes in person and have not yet been vaccinated. 

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options. ASU also has on-campus vaccine sites for students, faculty and staff. 

  • 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. The university is operating in Mode 1. 

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:

  • 35 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.16% confirmed positive. That compares with 38 in our last update.
  • 271 known positives among our student body of 77,063 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.35% confirmed positive. That compares with 121 in our last update.
    • 231 of the 271 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 31 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 11,927 students live. Nine students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 1,794 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 661 students live on the ASU West campus; and 893 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, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. The goal is 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 08/23 - 08/29 = 725
    • Positives = 20
    • Percent Positive = 2.76%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 1,250
    • Positives = 26
    • Percent Positive = 2.08%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 08/23- 08/29 = 836
    • Positives = 11
    • Percent Positive = 1.32%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 1,239
    • Positives = 21
    • Percent Positive = 1.69% 

Employees

  • Tests from 08/23 - 08/29 = 485
    • Positives = 5
    • Percent Positive = 1.03%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 1,542
    • Positives = 11
    • Percent Positive = 0.71%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 118,934 (previously 109,614) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since August 1, 2021 ASU has tested about 20 percent of students living on campus and about 7 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 Aug. 1, 2021

  • Students: 296 – (previously 125)
  • Faculty and staff: 127 – (previously 85)

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

  • Students: 228 – (previously 103)
  • Faculty and staff: 94 – (previously 64)

See past updates for ASU data before the fall 2021 semester. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for Aug. 30, 2021 is 3,247. The seven-day trailing average is 3,574.1. 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

August 23, 2021

Updated: August 23, 2021 @ 7 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.

For the fall 2021 semester, more than 15,000 students are living on campus and ASU continues to provide weekly updates each Monday on its COVID management practices and data. ASU continues to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to students who are living on campus or attending classes in person and have not yet been vaccinated. 

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols. Visit our testing webpage to explore testing options. ASU also has on-campus vaccine sites for students, faculty and staff. 

  • 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. The university is operating in Mode 1. 

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 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.18% confirmed positive. That compares with 26 in our last update.
  • 121 known positives among our student body of 77,063 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.16% confirmed positive. That compares with 69 in our last update.
    • 96 of the 121 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 16 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 11,856 students live. Nine students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 1,797 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 658 students live on the ASU West campus; and 893 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, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. The goal is 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 08/15 - 08/21 = 424
    • Positives = 5
    • Percent Positive = 1.18%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 447
    • Positives = 5
    • Percent Positive = 1.12%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 08/15 - 08/21 = 260
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.38%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 397
    • Positives =  7
    • Percent Positive = 1.76% 

Employees

  • Tests from 08/15 - 08/21 = 579
    • Positives = 4
    • Percent Positive = 0.69%
  • Cumulative Tests since 08/09/21 = 1,123
    • Positives = 6
    • Percent Positive = 0.53%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 113,630 (previously 109,614) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since August 1, 2021 ASU has tested about 8 percent of students living on campus and about 3 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 Aug. 1, 2021

  • Students: 125  
  • Faculty and staff: 85 

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

  • Students: 103  
  • Faculty and staff: 64 

See past updates for ASU data before the fall 2021 semester. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Total positive tests reported for Aug. 23, 2021 is 2,632. The seven-day trailing average is 2,978.7. 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 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

August 16, 2021

Updated: August 16, 2021 @ 7 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.

For the fall 2021 semester, more than 16,000 students are in the process of moving in and will be living on campus and ASU continues to provide weekly updates each Monday on its COVID management practices and data. ASU continues to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to students who are living on campus or attending classes in person and have not yet been vaccinated. 

Remain vigilant against the virus by continuing to follow all public health protocols. 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. The university is operating in Mode 1. 

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:

  • 26 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.12% confirmed positive. That compares with 23 in our last update.
  • 69 known positives among our student body of 77,063 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.09% confirmed positive. That compares with 56 in our last update.
    • 66 of the 69 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • Three are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 9,064 students live. There are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 1,351 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 442 students live on the ASU West campus; and 812 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

NOTE: No random testing results are available this week.  

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, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. The goal is 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 08/09 - 08/15 = 23
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 08/09 - 08/15 = 137
    • Positives = 6
    • Percent Positive = 4.38%

Employees

  • Tests from 08/09 - 08/15 = 542
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent Positive = 0.37%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 109,614 (previously 106,895) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since August 1, 2021 ASU has tested about 80 percent of students living on campus and about 36 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: 2,056 (previously 2,022)
  • Faculty and staff: 463 (previously 440)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,184 (previously 6,150)
  • Faculty and staff: 841 (previously 818)

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

  • Students: 2,864 (previously 2,828)
  • Faculty and staff: 536 (previously 516)

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

  • Students: 6,957* (previously 6,921)
  • Faculty and staff: 894** (previously 874)

*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 Aug. 16, 2021 is 2,802. The seven-day trailing average is 2,400. 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.

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.

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.

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.

August 9, 2021

Updated: August 9, 2021 @ 6 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 are living on campus and ASU continues 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 some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU continues to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to 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. 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:

  • 23 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.11% confirmed positive. That compares with 16 in our last update.
  • 56 known positives among our student body of 60,752 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.09% confirmed positive. That compares with 34 in our last update.
    • 48 of the 56 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • Three are in isolation off campus.
    • Three are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 1,196 students live. Two students are in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 94 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 61 students live on the ASU West campus; and 119 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

NOTE: No random testing results are available this week.  

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, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27, 2020. The goal is 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 08/02 - 08/08 = 47
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent Positive = 6.38%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,477
    • Positives = 123
    • Percent Positive = 1.65%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 08/02 - 08/8 = 151
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.66%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,851
    • Positives = 75
    • Percent Positive = 0.96% 

Employees

  • Tests from 08/02 - 08/08 = 571
    • Positives = 6
    • Percent Positive = 1.05%
  • Cumulative Tests = 11,938
    • Positives = 72
    • Percent Positive = 0.60%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 106,895 (previously 104,577) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 80 percent of students living on campus and about 36 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: 2,022 (previously 1,993)
  • Faculty and staff: 440 (previously 416)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,150 (previously 6,121)
  • Faculty and staff: 818 (previously 796)

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

  • Students: 2,828 (previously 2,813)
  • Faculty and staff: 516 (previously 499)

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

  • Students: 6,921* (previously 6,906)
  • Faculty and staff: 874** (previously 857)

*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 Aug. 9, 2021 is 2,191. The seven-day trailing average is 2,672. 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.

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.

August 2, 2021

Updated: August 2, 2021 @ 6 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 are living on campus and ASU continues 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 some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU continues to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to 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. 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 remained 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:

  • 16 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.07% confirmed positive. That compares with 21 in our last update.
  • 34 known positives among our student body of 60,752 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.06% confirmed positive. That compares with 29 in our last update.
    • All 34 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • No one is in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 132 students live.
    • There are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 46 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 10 students live on the ASU West campus; and 47 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

NOTE: No random testing results are available this week.  

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, 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 06/07 - 06/13 = 4 * No data available
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,324
    • Positives = 120
    • Percent Positive = 1.64%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 06/07 - 06/13 = 17 * No data available
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,319
    • Positives = 72
    • Percent Positive = 0.98 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 07/26 - 08/01 = 507
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent Positive = 0.39 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 11,362
    • Positives = 66
    • Percent Positive = 0.58 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 104,577 (previously 102,663) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 80 percent of students living on campus and about 36 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: 1,993 (previously 1,973)
  • Faculty and staff: 416 (previously 405)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,121 (previously 6,101)
  • Faculty and staff: 796 (previously 785)

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

  • Students: 2,813 (previously 2,794)
  • Faculty and staff: 499 (previously 483)

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

  • Students: 6,906* (previously 6,887)
  • Faculty and staff: 857** (previously 841)

*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 Aug. 2, 2021 is 1,846. The seven-day trailing average is 1,825.4. 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.

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.

July 26, 2021

Updated: July 26, 2021 @ 7 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 are living on campus and ASU continues 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 some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU continues to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to 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. 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:

  • 21 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.10% confirmed positive. That compares with 10 in our last update.
  • 29 known positives among our student body of 60,752 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.05% confirmed positive. That compares with 25 in our last update.
    • All 29 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • No one is in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 308 students live.
    • There are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 51 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 24 students live on the ASU West campus; and 52 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

NOTE: No random testing results are available this week.  

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, 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 06/07 - 06/13 = 4
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,324
    • Positives = 120
    • Percent Positive = 1.64%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 06/07 - 06/13 = 17
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,319
    • Positives = 72
    • Percent Positive = 0.98 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 07/12 - 07/18 = 505
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent Positive = 0.59 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 10,377
    • Positives = 61
    • Percent Positive = 0.59 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 102,663 (previously 101,157) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 86 percent of students living on campus and about 35 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: 1,973 (previously 1,955)
  • Faculty and staff: 405 (previously 383)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,101 (previously 6,083)
  • Faculty and staff: 785 (previously 763)

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

  • Students: 2,794 (previously 2,780)
  • Faculty and staff: 483 (previously 472)

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

  • Students: 6,887* (previously 6,873)
  • Faculty and staff: 841** (previously 830)

*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 July 26, 2021 is 1,441. The seven-day trailing average is 1,332.4. 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.

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.

July 19, 2021

Updated: July 19, 2021 @ 6:00 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 some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU will continue to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to 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. 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.
  • 25 known positives among our student body of 60,752 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.04% confirmed positive. That compares with 15 in our last update.
    • All 25 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • No one is in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 639 students live.
    • There are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 52 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 25 students live on the ASU West campus; and 100 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

NOTE: No random testing results are available this week.  

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, 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 06/07 - 06/13 = 4
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,324
    • Positives = 120
    • Percent Positive = 1.64%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 06/07 - 06/13 = 17
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,319
    • Positives = 72
    • Percent Positive = 0.98 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 07/12 - 07/18 = 505
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent Positive = 0.59 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 10,377
    • Positives = 61
    • Percent Positive = 0.59 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 101,157 (previously 99,842) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 86 percent of students living on campus and about 35 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: 1,955 (previously 1,941)
  • Faculty and staff: 383 (previously 372)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,083 (previously 6,069)
  • Faculty and staff: 763 (previously 752)

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

  • Students: 2,780 (previously 2,774)
  • Faculty and staff: 472 (previously 464)

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

  • Students: 6,873* (previously 6,867)
  • Faculty and staff: 830** (previously 822)

*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 July 19, 2021 is 1,034. The seven-day trailing average is 1,103. 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.

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.

July 12, 2021

Updated: July 12, 2021 @ 6:00 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 some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU will continue to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to 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. 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 slightly same 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 3 in our last update.
  • 15 known positives among our student body of 60,752 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.02% confirmed positive. That compares with 13 in our last update.
    • All 15 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • No one is in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 754 students live.
    • There are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 54 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 25 students live on the ASU West campus; and 116 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

NOTE: No random testing results are available this week.  

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, 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 06/07 - 06/13 = 4
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,324
    • Positives = 120
    • Percent Positive = 1.64%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 06/07 - 06/13 = 17
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,319
    • Positives = 72
    • Percent Positive = 0.98 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 07/05 - 07/11 = 0
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.39 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 9,868
    • Positives = 58
    • Percent Positive = 0.59 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 99,842 (previously 99.073,) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 86 percent of students living on campus and about 35 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: 1,941 (previously 1,936)
  • Faculty and staff: 372 (previously 366)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,069 (previously 6,064)
  • Faculty and staff: 752 (previously 746)

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

  • Students: 2,774 (previously 2,771)
  • Faculty and staff: 464 (previously 462)

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

  • Students: 6,867* (previously 6,864)
  • Faculty and staff: 822** (previously 820)

*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 July 12, 2021 is 803. The seven-day trailing average is 639.9. 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 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.

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.

July 6, 2021

Updated: July 6, 2021 @ 6:00 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 some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU will continue to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to 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. 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 remained the same 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:

  • 3 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.009% confirmed positive. That compares with 2 in our last update.
  • 13 known positives among our student body of 60,752 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.02% confirmed positive. That compares with 11 in our last update.
    • All 13 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • No one is in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 766 students live.
    • There are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 54 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 25 students live on the ASU West campus; and 118 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

NOTE: No random testing results are available this week.  

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, 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 06/07 - 06/13 = 4
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,324
    • Positives = 120
    • Percent Positive = 1.64%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 06/07 - 06/13 = 17
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,319
    • Positives = 72
    • Percent Positive = 0.98 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 06/07 - 06/13 = 0
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 9,518
    • Positives = 57
    • Percent Positive = 0.60 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 99,073 (previously 98,316) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 86 percent of students living on campus and about 35 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: 1,936 (previously 1,933)
  • Faculty and staff: 366 (previously 365)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,064 (previously 6,061)
  • Faculty and staff: 746 (previously 745)

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

  • Students: 2,771 (previously 2,769)
  • Faculty and staff: 462 (previously 462)

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

  • Students: 6,864* (previously 6,862)
  • Faculty and staff: 820** (previously 820)

*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 July 6, 2021 is 900. The seven-day trailing average is 543.4. 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.

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.

June 28, 2021

Updated: June 28, 2021 @ 6:00 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 some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU will continue to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to 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. 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 remained the same 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:

  • 2 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.009% confirmed positive. That compares with 2 in our last update.
  • 11 known positives among our student body of 60,752 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.02% confirmed positive. That compares with 11 in our last update.
    • All of the 11 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • No one is in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 761 students live.
    • There are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 55 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 25 students live on the ASU West campus; and 119 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

NOTE: No random testing results are available this week.  

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, 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 06/07 - 06/13 = 4
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,324
    • Positives = 120
    • Percent Positive = 1.64%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 06/07 - 06/13 = 17
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,319
    • Positives = 72
    • Percent Positive = 0.98 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 06/07 - 06/13 = 0
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 9,518
    • Positives = 57
    • Percent Positive = 0.60 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 98,316 (previously 97,634) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 85 percent of students living on campus and about 33 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: 1,933 (previously 1,932)
  • Faculty and staff: 365 (previously 363)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,061 (previously 6,060)
  • Faculty and staff: 745 (previously 743)

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

  • Students: 2,769 (previously 2,764)
  • Faculty and staff: 462 (previously 460)

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

  • Students: 6,862* (previously 6,857)
  • Faculty and staff: 820** (previously 818)

*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 June 28, 2021 is 413. The seven-day trailing average is 492.71. 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 Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no appointment necessary. For more information, please visit 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.

June 21, 2021

Updated: June 21, 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 some fluctuation in the data being reported. ASU will continue to offer vaccinations and testing at no charge to 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. 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:

  • 2 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.009% confirmed positive. That compares with 2 in our last update.
  • 11 known positives among our student body of 60,752 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.02% confirmed positive. That compares with 11 in our last update.
    • All of the 11 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • No one is in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 767 students live.
    • There are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 55 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 25 students live on the ASU West campus; and 119 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 06/07 - 06/13 = 4
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,324
    • Positives = 120
    • Percent Positive = 1.64%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 06/07 - 06/13 = 17
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,319
    • Positives = 72
    • Percent Positive = 0.98 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 06/07 - 06/13 = 0
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 9,518
    • Positives = 57
    • Percent Positive = 0.60 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 97,634 (previously 97,057) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 85 percent of students living on campus and about 35 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: 1,932 (previously 1,929)
  • Faculty and staff: 363 (previously 361)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,060 (previously 6,057)
  • Faculty and staff: 743 (previously 741)

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

  • Students: 2,764 (previously 2,756)
  • Faculty and staff: 460 (previously 458)

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

  • Students: 6,857* (previously 6,849)
  • Faculty and staff: 818** (previously 816)

*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 June 21, 2021 is 384. The seven-day trailing average is 423.57. 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 Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no appointment necessary. For more information, please visit 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.

June 14, 2021

Updated: June 14, 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:

  • 2 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.009% confirmed positive. That compares with 2 in our last update.
  • 11 known positives among our student body of 60,752 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.02% confirmed positive. That compares with 15 in our last update.
    • All of the 11 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • No one is in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 762 students live.
    • There are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 57 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 25 students live on the ASU West campus; and 118 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 06/07 - 06/13 = 4
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,324
    • Positives = 120
    • Percent Positive = 1.64%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 06/07 - 06/13 = 17
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,319
    • Positives = 72
    • Percent Positive = 0.98 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 06/07 - 06/13 = 0
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 9,518
    • Positives = 57
    • Percent Positive = 0.60 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 97,057 (previously 96,130) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 85 percent of students living on campus and about 35 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: 1,929 (previously 1,929)
  • Faculty and staff: 361 (previously 359)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,057 (previously 6,057)
  • Faculty and staff: 741 (previously 739)

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

  • Students: 2,756 (previously 2,751)
  • Faculty and staff: 458 (previously 456)

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

  • Students: 6,849* (previously 6,844)
  • Faculty and staff: 816** (previously 814)

*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 June 14, 2021 is 394. The seven-day trailing average is 421.6. 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 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 Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no appointment necessary. For more information, please visit 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.

June 7, 2021

Updated: June 7, 2021 @ 6:00 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:

  • 2 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.009% confirmed positive. That compares with 4 in our last update.
  • 15 known positives among our student body of 60,752 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.02% confirmed positive. That compares with 21 in our last update.
    • All of the 15 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • No one is in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 782 students live.
    • There are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 56 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 26 students live on the ASU West campus; and 118 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 05/31 - 06/06 = 4
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,320
    • Positives = 120
    • Percent Positive = 1.64%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 05/31 - 06/06 = 32
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 3.12%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,301
    • Positives = 72
    • Percent Positive = 0.99 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 05/31 - 06/06 = 0
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 9,518
    • Positives = 57
    • Percent Positive = 0.60 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 96,130 (previously 95,117) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 85 percent of students living on campus and about 35 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: 1,929 (previously 1,926)
  • Faculty and staff: 359 (previously 358)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,057 (previously 6,054)
  • Faculty and staff: 739 (previously 738)

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

  • Students: 2,751 (previously 2,728)
  • Faculty and staff: 456 (previously 453)

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

  • Students: 6,844* (previously 6,831)
  • Faculty and staff: 814** (previously 811)

*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 June 1, 2021 is 4. The seven-day trailing average is 538.9. 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 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 Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no appointment necessary. For more information, please visit 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.

June 1, 2021

Updated: June 1, 2021 @ 8:00 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:

  • 4 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.02% confirmed positive. That compares with 7 in our last update.
  • 21 known positives among our student body of 60,752 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.03% confirmed positive. That compares with 24 in our last update.
    • All of the 21 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • No one is in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 796 students live.
    • There are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 58 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 25 students live on the ASU West campus; and 120 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 05/26 - 06/01 = 6
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,316
    • Positives = 120
    • Percent Positive = 1.64%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 05/26 - 06/01 = 28
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,273
    • Positives = 71
    • Percent Positive = 0.98 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 05/26 - 06/01 = 0
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 9,518
    • Positives = 57
    • Percent Positive = 0.60 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 95,117 (previously 94,117) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 85 percent of students living on campus and about 35 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: 1,926 (previously 1,915)
  • Faculty and staff: 358 (previously 355)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,054 (previously 6,043)
  • Faculty and staff: 738 (previously 735)

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

  • Students: 2,738 (previously 2,723)
  • Faculty and staff: 453 (previously 447)

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

  • Students: 6,831* (previously 6,816)
  • Faculty and staff: 811** (previously 805)

*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 June 1, 2021 is 4. The seven-day trailing average is 538.9. 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 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 Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no appointment necessary. For more information, please visit 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.

May 24, 2021

Updated: May 24, 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:

  • 7 known positives among 21,071* faculty and staff, which is 0.03% confirmed positive. That compares with 7 in our last update.
  • 24 known positives among our student body of 60,752 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.04% confirmed positive. That compares with 40 in our last update.
    • All of the 24 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • No one is in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 832 students live.
    • There are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 66 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 26 students live on the ASU West campus; and 135 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 05/17 - 05/23 = 15
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,304
    • Positives = 120
    • Percent Positive = 1.64%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 05/17 - 05/23 = 39
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,235
    • Positives = 70
    • Percent Positive = 0.97 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 05/17 - 05/23 = 0
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 9,518
    • Positives = 57
    • Percent Positive = 0.60 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 94,117 (previously 93,023) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 84 percent of students living on campus and about 34 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: 1,915 (previously 1,910)
  • Faculty and staff: 355 (previously 351)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,043 (previously 6,038)
  • Faculty and staff: 735 (previously 731)

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

  • Students: 2,723 (previously 2,699)
  • Faculty and staff: 447 (previously 443)

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

  • Students: 6,816* (previously 6,792)
  • Faculty and staff: 805** (previously 801)

*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 24, 2021 is 450. The seven-day trailing average is 533.7. 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 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 Wednesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with no appointment necessary. For more information, please visit 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.

May 17, 2021

Updated: May 17, 2021 @ 6:00 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:

  • 7 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.03% confirmed positive. That compares with 7 in our last update.
  • 40 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.05% confirmed positive. That compares with 54 in our last update.
    • All of the 40 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • No one is in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 657 students live.
    • There are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 57 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 33 students live on the ASU West campus; and 149 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 05/10 - 05/16 = 14
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,289
    • Positives = 120
    • Percent Positive = 1.65%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 05/10 - 05/16 = 65
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,196
    • Positives = 70
    • Percent Positive = 0.97 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 05/10 - 05/16 = 71
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 9,518
    • Positives = 57
    • Percent Positive = 0.60 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 93,023 (previously 91,733) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 84 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: 1,910 (previously 1,899)
  • Faculty and staff: 351 (previously 345)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,038 (previously 6,027)
  • Faculty and staff: 731 (previously 725)

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

  • Students: 2,699 (previously 2,673)
  • Faculty and staff: 443 (previously 437)

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

  • Students: 6,792* (previously 6,766)
  • Faculty and staff: 801** (previously 795)

*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 17, 2021 is 468. The seven-day trailing average is 567.7. 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 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. with no appointment necessary. For more information, please visit 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.

May 10, 2021

Updated: May 10, 2021 @ 6:00 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:

  • 7 known positives among 21,522* faculty and staff, which is 0.03% confirmed positive. That compares with 5 in our last update.
  • 54 known positives among our student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.07% confirmed positive. That compares with 76 in our last update.
    • 53 of the 54 are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 1 is in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus, where 1,328 students live.
    • There are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 262 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 52 students live on the ASU West campus; and 197 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 05/03 - 05/09 = 45
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00 %
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,275
    • Positives = 120
    • Percent Positive = 1.65%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 05/03 - 05/09 = 111
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative Tests from Jan 1 = 7,130
    • Positives = 70
    • Percent Positive = 0.98 % 

Employees

  • Tests from 05/03 - 05/09 = 120
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent Positive = 0.83 %
  • Cumulative Tests = 9,446
    • Positives = 57
    • Percent Positive = 0.60 %

ASU Cumulative Information

Since Jan. 1, 2021, ASU has collected more than 91,733 (previously 90,026) Biodesign Institute test results from students and employees. Since Jan. 1, ASU has tested about 89 percent of students living on campus and about 34 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: 1,899 (previously 1,879)
  • Faculty and staff: 345 (previously 338)

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 6,027 (previously 6,007)
  • Faculty and staff: 725 (previously 719)

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

  • Students: 2,673 (previously 2,644)
  • Faculty and staff: 437 (previously 433)

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

  • Students: 6,766* (previously 6,737)
  • Faculty and staff: 795** (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 10, 2021 is 642. The seven-day trailing average is 699. 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. with no appointment necessary. For more information, please visit 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.

May 3, 2021

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.

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 indi