ASU's COVID-19 Management Strategy & Data

ASU's COVID-19 Management Strategy & Data

ASU's COVID-19 Management Strategy & Data Update

Updated: Nov. 26, 2020 @ 7:00 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. The current known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. As the holiday season approaches, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling home.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

November 26 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 91 total known positives among 12,844 total faculty and staff, which is 0.71% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 87 known positives in our last update.
  • 285 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.38% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 321 in our previous update.
    • 208 of the 285 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 63 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 8,865 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 14 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 1,081 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 505 students live on the ASU West campus; 743 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 11/16 – 11/22 = 659
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 1.52%
  • Cumulative tests = 8,325
    • Positives = 129
    • Percent positive = 1.55%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 11/16 – 11/22 = 2,375
    • Positives = 47
    • Percent positive = 1.98%
  • Cumulative tests = 23,445
    • Positives = 310
    • Percent positive = 1.32%

Employees

  • Tests from 11/16 – 11/22 = 808
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 0.87%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,846
    • Positives = 19
    • Percent positive = 0.24%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 143,494 (previously 136,177) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 81 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 43 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,977 (previously 2,870)
  • Faculty and staff:  176 (previously 153)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 3,037 (previously 2,917)*
  • Faculty and staff: 219 (previously 207)**

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

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Nov. 26, 2020 is 3,476, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 3,872. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.15, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Nov. 26, and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

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

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

November 23, 2020

Updated: Nov. 23, 2020 @ 6:30 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. The current known positive cases in the ASU community have increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. As the holiday season approaches, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling home.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

November 23 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 87 total known positives among 12,844 total faculty and staff, which is 0.67% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 58 known positives in our last update.
  • 321 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.43% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 289 in our previous update.
    • 247 of the 321 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 62 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 8,912 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 12 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 1,097 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 507 students live on the ASU West campus; 742 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 11/16 – 11/22 = 659
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 1.52%
  • Cumulative tests = 8,325
    • Positives = 129
    • Percent positive = 1.55%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 11/16 – 11/22 = 2,375
    • Positives = 47
    • Percent positive = 1.98%
  • Cumulative tests = 23,445
    • Positives = 310
    • Percent positive = 1.32%

Employees

  • Tests from 11/16 – 11/22 = 808
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 0.87%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,846
    • Positives = 19
    • Percent positive = 0.24%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 136,177 (previously 129,374) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 80 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 42 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,870 (previously 2,758)
  • Faculty and staff: 153 (previously 127)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,917 (previously 2,781)*
  • Faculty and staff: 207 (previously 199)**

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

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Nov. 23, 2020 is 2,659, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 3,630. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.14, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Nov. 23, and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

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

November 19, 2020

Updated: Nov. 19, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. However, current known positive cases in the ASU community have decreased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. As the holiday season approaches, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling home.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

November 19 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 58 total known positives among 12,955 total faculty and staff, which is 0.44% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 53 known positives in our last update.
  • 289 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.39% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 396 in our previous update.
    • 227 of the 289 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 52 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 8,977 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 10 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 1,107 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 508 students live on the ASU West campus; 748 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 11/9 – 11/15 = 410
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 1.71%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,392
    • Positives = 113
    • Percent positive = 1.53%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 11/9 – 11/15 = 1,097
    • Positives = 18
    • Percent positive = 1.64%
  • Cumulative tests = 19,961
    • Positives = 237
    • Percent positive = 1.19%

Employees

  • Tests from 11/9 – 11/15 = 574
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,006
    • Positives = 12
    • Percent positive = 0.17%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 129,374 (previously 124,622) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 79 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 40 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,758 (previously 2,671)
  • Faculty and staff: 127 (previously 113)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,781 (previously 2,610)*
  • Faculty and staff: 199 (previously 191)**

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

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Nov. 19, 2020 is 4,123, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 2,952. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.15, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

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

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

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

November 16, 2020

Updated: Nov. 16, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. Current known positive cases in the ASU community increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. As the holiday season approaches, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling home.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

November 16 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 53 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is 0.43% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 37 known positives in our last update.
  • 396 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.53% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 405 in our previous update.
    • 311 of the 396 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 72 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 8,981 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 13 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 1,109 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 508 students live on the ASU West campus; 749 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 11/9 – 11/15 = 410
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 1.71%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,392
    • Positives = 113
    • Percent positive = 1.53%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 11/9 – 11/15 = 1,097
    • Positives = 18
    • Percent positive = 1.64%
  • Cumulative tests = 19,961
    • Positives = 237
    • Percent positive = 1.19%

Employees

  • Tests from 11/9 – 11/15 = 574
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,006
    • Positives = 12
    • Percent positive = 0.17%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 124,622 (previously 118,971) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 77 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 39 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,671 (previously 2,533)
  • Faculty and staff: 113 (previously 90)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,610 (previously 2,446)*
  • Faculty and staff: 191 (previously 185)**

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

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Nov. 16, 2020 is 1,476, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 2,459. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.14, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Nov. 16, and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

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

November 12, 2020

Updated: Nov. 12, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase since our last update and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. Current known positive cases in the ASU community increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. As the holiday season approaches, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling home.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

November 12 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 37 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is 0.3% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 36 known positives in our last update.
  • 405 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.54% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 252 in our previous update.
    • 296 of the 405 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 95 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 8,999 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining 14 are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 1,114 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 508 students live on the ASU West campus; 751 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/31 – 11/7 = 689
    • Positives = 14
    • Percent positive = 2.03%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,006
    • Positives = 106
    • Percent positive = 1.51%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/31 – 11/7 = 1,739
    • Positives = 48
    • Percent positive = 2.76%
  • Cumulative tests = 18,839
    • Positives = 219
    • Percent positive = 1.16%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/31 – 11/7 = 707
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent positive = 0.14%
  • Cumulative tests = 6,802
    • Positives = 12
    • Percent positive = 0.18%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 118,971 (previously 115,169) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 76 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 38 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,533 (previously 2,420)
  • Faculty and staff: 90 (previously 88)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,446 (previously 2,408)*
  • Faculty and staff: 185 (previously 183)**

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

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Nov. 12, 2020 is 1,399, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 1,971. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.18, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Nov. 12, and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

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

November 9, 2020

Updated: Nov. 9, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase since our last update and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. Current known positive cases in the ASU community increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

We encourage everyone to remain vigilant against COVID-19. Please continue to follow all public health protocols, including wearing a face covering and practicing social distancing. Get tested regularly and encourage your friends and family to do the same. ASU continues to offer COVID-19 testing free of charge to all students, employees and the general public. Visit our testing webpage to make an appointment. As the holiday season approaches, we encourage you to get tested before family gatherings and begin making testing plans now before traveling home.

We lead this report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

November 9 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 36 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is 0.29% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 26 known positives in our last update.
  • 252 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.34% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 144 in our previous update.
    • 167 of the 252 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 77 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,008 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 1,118 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 508 students live on the ASU West campus; 751 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/31 – 11/7 = 689
    • Positives = 14
    • Percent positive = 2.03%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,006
    • Positives = 106
    • Percent positive = 1.51%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/31 – 11/7 = 1,739
    • Positives = 48
    • Percent positive = 2.76%
  • Cumulative tests = 18,839
    • Positives = 219
    • Percent positive = 1.16%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/31 – 11/7 = 707
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent positive = 0.14%
  • Cumulative tests = 6,802
    • Positives = 12
    • Percent positive = 0.18%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 115,169 (previously 110,001) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 75 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 37 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,420 (previously 2,230)
  • Faculty and staff: 88 (previously 73)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,408 (previously 2,381)*
  • Faculty and staff: 183 (previously 178)**

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

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Nov. 9, 2020 is 435, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 1,651. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.18, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since mid-September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Nov. 9, and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

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

November 5, 2020

Updated: Nov. 5, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase since our last update and health experts report that the state is experiencing a surge. Current known positive cases in the ASU community increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation..

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we now lead the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

November 5 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 26 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is 0.21% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 16 known positives in our last update.
  • 144 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.19% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 91 in our previous update.
    • 119 of the 144 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 23 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,021 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West, or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could be otherwise identified. A total of 1,126 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 510 students live on the ASU West campus; 752 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/24 – 10/31 = 676
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent positive = 0.30%
  • Cumulative tests = 6,317
    • Positives = 92
    • Percent positive = 1.46%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/24 – 10/31 = 1,648
    • Positives = 18
    • Percent positive = 1.09%
  • Cumulative tests = 17,099
    • Positives = 171
    • Percent positive = 1.00%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/24 – 10/31 = 584
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent positive = 0.34%
  • Cumulative tests = 5,801
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 0.17%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 110,001 (previously 106,022) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 75 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 36 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,230 (previously 2,115)
  • Faculty and staff: 73 (previously 63)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,381 (previously 2,343)*
  • Faculty and staff: 178 (previously 175)**

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

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has been climbing. Total positive tests reported for Nov. 5, 2020 is 2,135, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 1,469.7. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.11, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has increased since the end of September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Nov. 5, and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

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

November 2, 2020

Updated: Nov. 2, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase since our last update and many health experts now report that the state is experiencing a surge. Current known positive cases in the ASU community increased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we now lead the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

November 2 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 16 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is 0.13% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 12 known positives in our last update.
  • 91 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.12% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 74 in our previous update.
    • 86 of the 91 known positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • Five are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,019 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • Currently, there are no students in isolation on the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 1,127 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 510 students live on the ASU West campus; 750 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data is updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/24 – 10/31 = 676
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent positive = 0.30%
  • Cumulative tests = 6,317
    • Positives = 92
    • Percent positive = 1.46%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/24 – 10/31 = 1,648
    • Positives = 18
    • Percent positive = 1.09%
  • Cumulative tests = 17,099
    • Positives = 171
    • Percent positive = 1.00%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/24 – 10/31 = 584
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent positive = 0.34%
  • Cumulative tests = 5,801
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 0.17%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 106,022 (previously 102,373) test results from students and employees.

Our testing increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 74 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU has tested 34 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,115 (previously 2,075)
  • Faculty and staff: 63 (previously 54)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,343 (previously 2,310)*
  • Faculty and staff: 175 (previously 170)**

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

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases began to climb. Total positive tests reported for Nov. 2, 2020 is 666, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 1,310.7. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.16, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has been steady since the end of September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Nov. 2, and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

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

October 29, 2020

Updated: Oct. 29, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase since our last update with many health experts now reporting that the state is experiencing a surge. Current known positive cases in the ASU community increased slightly since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we now lead the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

October 29 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 12 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is 0.1% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 11 known positives in our last update.
  • 74 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is 0.1% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 70 in our previous update.
    • 64 of these 74 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 10 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,028 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • Currently, there are no students in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 1,129 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 509 students live on the ASU West campus; 751 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/18 – 10/24 = 739
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent positive = 0.41%
  • Cumulative tests = 5,655
    • Positives = 89
    • Percent positive = 1.57%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/18 – 10/24 = 1,955
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 0.41%
  • Cumulative tests = 15,436
    • Positives = 154
    • Percent positive = 1.00%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/11 – 10/17 = 587
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative tests = 5,536
    • Positives = 9
    • Percent positive = 0.16%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 102,373 (previously 98,909) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 73 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 33 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,075 (previously 2,052)
  • Faculty and staff: 54 (previously 49)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,310 (previously 2,294)*
  • Faculty and staff: 170 (previously 165)**

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

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has begun to climb. Total positive tests reported for Oct. 29, 2020 were 1,315, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 1,082.0. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona 1.16, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has been steady since the end of September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Oct. 26, and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

October 26, 2020

Updated: Oct. 26, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase since our last update with many health experts now reporting that the state is experiencing a surge. Current known positive cases in the ASU community decreased since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we now lead the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

October 26 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 11 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .09% confirmed positive among employees. That number remains unchanged from our last update.
  • 70 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .09% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 80 in our previous update.
    • 56 of these 70 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 14 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,031 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • Currently, there are no students in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 1,128 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 509 students live on the ASU West campus; 753 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/18 – 10/24 = 739
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent positive = 0.41%
  • Cumulative tests = 5,655
    • Positives = 89
    • Percent positive = 1.57%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/18 – 10/24 = 1,955
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 0.41%
  • Cumulative tests = 15,436
    • Positives = 154
    • Percent positive = 1.00%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/11 – 10/17 = 587
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0.00%
  • Cumulative tests = 5,536
    • Positives = 9
    • Percent positive = 0.16%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 98,909 (previously 94,931) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 72 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 32 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,052 (previously 2,030)
  • Faculty and staff: 49 (previously 47)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,294 (previously 2,247)*
  • Faculty and staff: 165 (previously 162)**

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

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has begun to climb. Total positive tests reported for Oct. 26, 2020 were 801, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 1,009.6. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 1.10, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has been steady since the end of September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Oct. 26, and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

October 22, 2020

Updated: Oct. 22, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have continued to increase since our last update with many health experts now reporting that the state is experiencing a surge. Current known positive cases in the ASU community decreased slightly since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we now lead the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

October 22 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 11 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .09% confirmed positive among employees. That number is identical to our last update.
  • 80 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .11% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 93 in our previous update.
    • 61 of these 80 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 19 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,035 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • Currently, there are no students in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. A total of 1,128 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 510 students live on the ASU West campus; 753 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/11 – 10/17 = 773
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent positive = 0.26%
  • Cumulative tests = 4,909
    • Positives = 86
    • Percent positive = 1.75%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/11 – 10/17  = 2,092
    • Positives = 9
    • Percent positive = 0.43%
  • Cumulative tests = 13,450
    • Positives = 146
    • Percent positive = 1.09%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/11 – 10/17 = 340
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent positive = 0.29%
  • Cumulative tests = 4,832
    • Positives = 9
    • Percent positive = 0.19%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 94,931 (previously 91,121) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 71 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 31 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,030 (previously 2,009)
  • Faculty and staff: 47 (previously 46)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,247 (previously 2,208)*
  • Faculty and staff: 162 (previously 161)**

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

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has begun to climb. Total positive tests reported for Oct. 22, 2020 were 994, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 879.7. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 1.16, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has been steady since the end of September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Oct. 22, and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

 

October 19, 2020

Updated: Oct. 19, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have increased since our last update, but remain below the statewide levels in late June. Current known positive cases in the ASU community increased slightly since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we now lead the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

October 19 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 11 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .08% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 8 known positives in our last update.
  • 93 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .12% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 91 in our previous update.
    • 74 of these 93 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 18 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,042 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could otherwise be identified. A total of 1,129 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 509 students live on the ASU West campus; 753 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/11 – 10/17 = 773
    • Positives = 2
    • Percent positive = 0.26%
  • Cumulative tests = 4,909
    • Positives = 86
    • Percent positive = 1.75%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/11 – 10/17  = 2,092
    • Positives = 9
    • Percent positive = 0.43%
  • Cumulative tests = 13,450
    • Positives = 146
    • Percent positive = 1.09%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/11 – 10/17 = 340
    • Positives = 1
    • Percent positive = 0.29%
  • Cumulative tests = 4,832
    • Positives = 9
    • Percent positive = 0.19%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 91,121 (previously 87,677) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 69 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 30 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 2,009 (previously 1,980)
  • Faculty and staff: 46 (previously 44)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,208 (previously 2,171)*
  • Faculty and staff: 161 (previously 159)**

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

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has begun to climb. Total positive tests reported for Oct. 19, 2020 were 748, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 835.3. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 1.10, which is an indicator of the level of spread of COVID-19. The level of spread has been steady since the end of September. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

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

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

 

October 15, 2020

Updated: Oct. 15, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have increased since our last update, but remain below the statewide levels in late June. Current known positive cases in the ASU community declined slightly since our most recent report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we will start leading the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

October 15 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 8 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .06% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 8 known positives in our last update.
  • 91 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .12%confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 121 in our previous update.
    • 68 of these 91 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 22 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,048 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could otherwise be identified. A total of 1,128 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 509 students live on the ASU West campus; 752 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/4 – 10/10 = 608
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent positive = 0.49%
  • Cumulative tests = 3,219
    • Positives = 59
    • Percent positive = 0.49%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/4 – 10/10  = 1,623
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 0.49%
  • Cumulative tests = 8,554
    • Positives = 85
    • Percent positive = 0.99%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/4 – 10/10 = 623
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0%
  • Cumulative tests = 4,207
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 0.19%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 87,677 (previously 83,644) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 68 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 29 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,980 (previously 1,953)
  • Faculty and staff: 44 (previously 43)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,171 (previously 2,108)*
  • Faculty and staff: 159 (previously 158)**

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

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Recently, the number of new cases has begun to climb. Total positive tests reported for Oct. 15, 2020 increased to 1,113, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 763.9. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is is 1.11, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is climbing. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Oct. 14, and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

 

October 12, 2020

Updated: Oct. 12, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have increased since our last update, but remain far below the statewide levels in late June. Current known positive cases in the ASU community have increased slightly since our last report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we will start leading the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

October 12 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 8 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .06% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 6 known positives in our last update.
  • 121 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .16% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 115 in our previous update.
    • 87 of these 121 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 28 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,054 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could otherwise be identified. A total of 1,128 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 510 students live on the ASU West campus; 753 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 10/4 – 10/10 = 608
    • Positives = 3
    • Percent positive = 0.49%
  • Cumulative tests = 3,219
    • Positives = 59
    • Percent positive = 0.49%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 10/4 – 10/10  = 1,623
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 0.49%
  • Cumulative tests = 8,554
    • Positives = 85
    • Percent positive = 0.99%

Employees

  • Tests from 10/4 – 10/10 = 623
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0%
  • Cumulative tests = 4,207
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 0.19%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 83,644 (previously 79,648) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 67 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 27 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,953 (previously 1,922)
  • Faculty and staff: 43 (previously 41)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,108 (previously 2,054)*
  • Faculty and staff: 158 (no change)**

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

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Since that time, the number of new cases has been steady. Total positive tests reported for Oct. 12, 2020 decreased to 475, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 711.4. ASU’s  critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 1.03, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is climbing slightly. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Oct. 12, and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

 

October 8, 2020

Updated: Oct. 8, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases have increased since our last update, but remain far below the statewide levels in late June. Current known positive cases in the ASU community declined for the ninth consecutive report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we will start leading the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

October 8 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 6 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .05% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 6 known positives in our last update.
  • 115 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .15% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 140 in our previous update.
    • 77 of these 115 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 30 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,053 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could otherwise be identified. A total of 1,127 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 511 students live on the ASU West campus; 757 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 9/27 – 10/03 = 689
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 1.45%
  • Cumulative tests = 3,099
    • Positives = 76
    • Percent positive = 2.45%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 9/27 – 10/03 = 1,961
    • Positives = 6
    • Percent positive = .31%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,762
    • Positives = 106
    • Percent positive = 1.37%

Employees

  • Tests from 9/27 – 10/03 = 574
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0%
  • Cumulative tests = 2,639
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 0.27%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 79,648 (previously 75,827) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 65 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 26 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,922 (previously 1,890)
  • Faculty and staff: 41 (previously 39)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 2,054 (previously 1,995)*
  • Faculty and staff: 158 (previously 156)**

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

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Since that time, the number of new cases has been steady.Total positive tests reported for Oct. 8, 2020 increased to 863, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 598.4. ASU’s critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 1.06, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is climbing slightly. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Oct. 8, and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

 

October 5, 2020

Updated: Oct. 5, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

Arizona cases are holding steady, though far below the statewide levels seen in mid-September. Current known positive cases in the ASU community declined for the eighth consecutive report. There is no change in the university’s learning or housing modes of operation.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we will start leading the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

October 5 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 6 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .05% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 5 known positives in our last update.
  • 140 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .19% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 162 in our previous update.
    • 103 of these 140 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 29 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,058 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could otherwise be identified. A total of 1,124 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 511 students live on the ASU West campus; 757 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 9/27 – 10/03 = 689
    • Positives = 10
    • Percent positive = 1.45%
  • Cumulative tests = 3,099
    • Positives = 76
    • Percent positive = 2.45%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 9/27 – 10/03 = 1,961
    • Positives = 6
    • Percent positive = .31%
  • Cumulative tests = 7,762
    • Positives = 106
    • Percent positive = 1.37%

Employees

  • Tests from 9/27 – 10/03 = 574
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0%
  • Cumulative tests = 2,639
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 0.27%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 75,827 (previously 72,495) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 64 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 24 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,890 (previously 1,852)
  • Faculty and staff: 39 (previously 36)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 1,995 (previously 1,903)*
  • Faculty and staff: 156 (previously 154)**

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

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Since that time, the number of new cases has been steady. Total positive tests reported for Oct. 5, 2020 dropped to 316, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 508.6. ASU’s critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 1.01, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is climbing slightly. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Oct. 5, and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

 

October 1, 2020

Updated: Oct 1, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we will start leading the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

October 1 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 5 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .04% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 4 known positives in our last update.
  • 162 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .22% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 211 in our previous update.
    • 116 of these 162 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 42 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,060 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could otherwise be identified. A total of 1,124 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 512 students live on the ASU West campus; 760 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 9/20 – 9/26 = 530
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 1.51%
  • Cumulative tests = 2,451
    • Positives = 70
    • Percent positive = 2.86%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 9/20 – 9/26 = 1,409
    • Positives = 16
    • Percent positive = 1.14%
  • Cumulative tests = 5,764
    • Positives = 96
    • Percent positive = 1.67%

Employees

  • Tests from 9/20 – 9/26 = 551
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0%
  • Cumulative tests = 2,272
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 0.31%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 72,495 (previously 68,542) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 62 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 23 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,852 (previously 1,802)
  • Faculty and staff: 36 (previously 33)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 1,903 (previously 1,818)*
  • Faculty and staff: 154 (previously 152)**

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

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Since that time, the number of new cases has been steady. Total positive tests reported for Oct. 1, 2020 climbed to 705, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 480. ASU’s critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 1.04, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is holding steady. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

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

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

 

September 28, 2020

Updated: Sept 28, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we will start leading the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

September 28 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 4 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .03% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 2 known positives in our last update.
  • 211 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .3% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 255 in our previous update.
    • 148 of these 211 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 60 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,079 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could otherwise be identified. A total of 1,127 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 511 students live on the ASU West campus; 761 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 9/20 – 9/26 = 530
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 1.51%
  • Cumulative tests = 2,451
    • Positives = 70
    • Percent positive = 2.86%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 9/20 – 9/26 = 1,409
    • Positives = 16
    • Percent positive = 1.14%
  • Cumulative tests = 5,764
    • Positives = 96
    • Percent positive = 1.67%

Employees

  • Tests from 9/20 – 9/26 = 551
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0%
  • Cumulative tests = 2,272
    • Positives = 7
    • Percent positive = 0.31%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 68,542 (previously 65,412) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 60 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 21 percent of students living off campus.

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,802 (previously 1,753)
  • Faculty and staff: 33 (previously 31)

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 1,818 (previously 1,682)*
  • Faculty and staff: 152 (no change)**

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

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Since that time, the number of new cases has been steady. Total positive tests reported for Sept. 28, 2020 dropped to 273, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 465.6. ASU’s critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 0.90, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is holding steady. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty  provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Sept. 28, and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

 

September 24, 2020

Updated: Sept 24, 2020 @ 9 p.m. 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we will start leading the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at mediarelations@asu.edu.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

September 23 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 2 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .01% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 3 known positives in our last update.
  • 255 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .3% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 260 in our previous update.
    • 171 of these 255 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 73 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,129 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could otherwise be identified. A total of 1,131 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 512 students live on the ASU West campus; 764 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus. 

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results  specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 9/13 – 9/19 = 837
    • Positives = 29
    • Percent positive = 3.46%
  • Cumulative tests = 1921
    • Positives = 62
    • Percent positive = 3.23%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 9/13 – 9/19  = 2213
    • Positives = 36
    • Percent positive = 1.63%
  • Cumulative tests = 4355
    • Positives = 80
    • Percent positive = 1.84%

Employees

  • Tests from 9/13 – 9/19 = 504
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0%
  • Cumulative tests = 1925
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 0.4%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 65,412 (previously 60,955) test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 55 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 17 percent of students living off campus

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,753 (previously 1,670)
  • Faculty and staff: 31

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 1,682 (previously 1,604)
  • Faculty and staff: 152 (previously 151)**

** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Since that time, the number of new cases has been steady. Total positive tests reported for Sept. 24, 2020 climbed to 568, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 598.9. ASU’s critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 0.93, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is holding steady. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty  provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Sept. 24, and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Landed a $6 million grant to develop a new, portable saliva-based COVID-19 testing device that will deliver results in as little as 20 minutes.
  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

September 21, 2020 Update 2

Updated: Sept 21, 2020 @ 9pm 

ASU is providing regular updates on our COVID-19 Management Strategy, which supports virus management efforts at the state, local and university levels.

NOTE: Our reports continue to evolve based on ongoing feedback. For added clarity, we will start leading the report with the current situation, followed by a look at cumulative numbers since Aug. 1, 2020. For any questions on how to interpret the information, please contact ASU media relations at (480) 727-0772.

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

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

September 20 -- Current COVID-19 positive case count:

  • 3 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .02% confirmed positive among employees. That compares with 5 known positives in our last update.
  • 260 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding ASU Online), which is .3% confirmed positive among the student body. That compares with 355 in our previous update.
    • 163 of these 260 positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area.
    • 83 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,202 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that specific individuals could otherwise be identified. A total of 1,141 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 512 students live on the ASU West campus; 765 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

Random testing program

ASU tests anyone who is symptomatic, and has tests available free of charge for any student or employee who wants one. In addition, ASU launched required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. We conduct continuous testing of a statistically-significant and representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results  specific to the random testing program are:

On-campus students

  • Tests from 9/13 – 9/19 = 837
    • Positives = 29
    • Percent positive = 3.46%
  • Cumulative tests = 1921
    • Positives = 62
    • Percent positive = 3.23%

Off-campus students

  • Tests from 9/13 – 9/19  = 2213
    • Positives = 36
    • Percent positive = 1.63%
  • Cumulative tests = 4355
    • Positives = 80
    • Percent positive = 1.84%

Employees

  • Tests from 9/13 – 9/19 = 504
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent positive = 0%
  • Cumulative tests = 1925
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent positive = 0.4%

ASU Cumulative Information

Since August 1, ASU has collected approximately 60,955 test results from students and employees.

Our testing has increased as we launched the ongoing testing of a statistically-significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff. Also:

  • Since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester ASU has tested 55 percent of students living on campus.
  • These are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to move into the residence halls before the semester.
  • ASU so far has tested 17 percent of students living off campus

Cumulative number of positive tests since Aug. 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,670
  • Faculty and staff: 31

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 1,604
  • Faculty and staff: 151**

** This number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

Additional information

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Since that time, the number of new cases has been steady. Total positive tests reported for Sept. 21, 2020 dropped to 233, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 789.4. ASU’s critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public.

One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 0.99, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is holding steady. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

The statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty  provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and (Maricopa) county level as of Sept. 16, and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Established and operates a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continues to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operates COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manages an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provides daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assists businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Actively Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

 

September 21, 2020 Update 1

Updated: Sept 21, 2020 @ 9pm 

ASU is providing periodic updates on our COVID-19 Management Framework, which consists of supporting virus management efforts at the state, local and university level.

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis as Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count peaked in late June and trended steadily downward until mid-September. Since that time, the number of new cases has been steady. Total positive tests reported for Sept. 21, 2020 dropped to 233, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 789.4. ASU’s critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public. One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 0.99, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is holding steady. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

Following also is a link to a statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty that provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and county level (Maricopa) as of Sept. 16 and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Established and operate a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continue to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operating COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manage an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provide daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assisting businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we have invented testing technology, built health check apps in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is also following CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Since August 1, we have collected approximately 60,955 test results from students and employees. Since the beginning of the semester ASU has tested 55 percent of students living on campus (these are tests collected after students provided proof of a negative test to move into the residence halls) and has tested 17 percent of students living off campus. The incidence of testing has increased as we launched periodic testing of a statistically significant percentage of our student and employee population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff.

Cumulative number of positive tests since August 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,670
  • Faculty and staff: 31

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 1,604
  • Faculty and staff: 151*

*this number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

As of September 20, our COVID-19 positive case count is as follows:

  • 3 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .02% confirmed positive among employees.
  • 260 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding online), which is .3% confirmed positive among the student body.
    • 163 of these positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area
    • 83 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,202 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that the specific individuals could otherwise be identified from the number. A total of 1,141 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 512 students live on the ASU West campus; 765 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

As of September 16, our COVID-19 positive case count is as follows:

  • 5 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .04% confirmed positive among employees.
  • 355 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding online), which is .4% confirmed positive among the student body.
    • 259 of these positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area
    • 88 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,426 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that the specific individuals could otherwise be identified from the number. A total of 1,153 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 514 students live on the ASU West campus; 764 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

Random testing results

ASU initiated required, random testing of students and employees on Aug. 27. Our goal is to conduct continuous testing of a statistically significant, representative sample of our population to determine current trends with the virus. This data will be updated each Monday. Current results are:

Off Campus Students

  • Cumulative Tests = 4355
    • Positives = 80
    • Percent Positive = 1.84%
  • Tests from 9/13 – 9/19  = 2213
    • Positives = 36
    • Percent Positive = 1.63%

On Campus Students

  • Cumulative Tests = 1921
    • Positives = 62
    • Percent Positive = 3.23%
  • Tests from 9/13 – 9/19 = 837
    • Positives = 29
    • Percent Positive = 3.46%

Employees

  • Cumulative Tests=1925
    • Positives = 8
    • Percent Positive = 0.4%
  • Tests from 9/13 – 9/19 = 504
    • Positives = 0
    • Percent Positive = 0%

ASU is taking the following steps to proactively manage COVID-19 cases:

  • All positive cases are in isolation, per CDC guidelines
  • Contact tracing efforts implemented for close contacts (per CDC, a close contact is defined as being less than 6 feet away for 10 minutes or more) with instructions for quarantining
  • Scientific investigation of test results and virus transmission on and off campus has been initiated
  • Continued and strengthened enforcement of ASU Community of Care standards and physical distancing protocols
  • Using the daily health check application to monitor students and employees for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Moving to University Housing Mode 3, Restricted Mode of Operations: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests.

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

September 17, 2020

Updated: Sept 17, 2020 @ 9pm 

ASU is providing periodic updates on our COVID-19 Management Framework, which consists of supporting virus management efforts at the state, local and university level.

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis as Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count has been decreasing since its peak in June, and trending downward very steadily since the end of June. Due to a change in ADHS reporting, total positive tests reported for Sept.17, 2020, climbed to 1,753, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 665. ASU’s critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public. One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 0.94, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is holding steady. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

Following also is a link to a statewide COVID Epidemiology Situation Report produced by ASU faculty that provides a significant summary of COVID-19 activity at the state and county level (Maricopa) as of Sept. 16 and dating back to April 1.

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

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

  • Established and operate a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continue to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operating COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manage an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provide daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assisting businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we have invented testing technology, built health check apps in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is also following CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Since August 1, we have collected approximately 57,629 test results from students and employees. The incidence of testing has increased as we launched periodic testing of a statistically significant percentage of the on-campus population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff.

Cumulative number of positive tests since August 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,580
  • Faculty and staff: 30

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 1,403
  • Faculty and staff: 148*

*this number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

As of September 16, our COVID-19 positive case count is as follows:

  • 5 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .04% confirmed positive among employees.
  • 355 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding online), which is .4% confirmed positive among the student body.
    • 259 of these positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area
    • 88 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,426 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that the specific individuals could otherwise be identified from the number. A total of 1,153 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 514 students live on the ASU West campus; 764 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

As of September 13, our COVID-19 positive case count is as follows:

  • 8 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .06% confirmed positive among employees.
  • 478 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding online), which is .6% confirmed positive among the student body.
    • 387 of these positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area
    • 77 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,479 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that the specific individuals could otherwise be identified from the number. A total of 1,178 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 519 students live on the ASU West campus; 764 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

ASU is taking the following steps to proactively manage COVID-19 cases:

  • All positive cases are in isolation, per CDC guidelines
  • Contact tracing efforts implemented for close contacts (per CDC, a close contact is defined as being less than 6 feet away for 10 minutes or more) with instructions for quarantining
  • Scientific investigation of test results and virus transmission on and off campus has been initiated
  • Continued and strengthened enforcement of ASU Community of Care standards and physical distancing protocols
  • Using the daily health check application to monitor students and employees for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Moving to University Housing Mode 3, Restricted Mode of Operations: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests.

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

September 14, 2020

Updated: Sept 14, 2020 @ 9pm 

ASU is providing periodic updates on our COVID-19 Management Framework, which consists of supporting virus management efforts at the state, local and university level.

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis as Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count has been decreasing since its peak in June, and trending downward very steadily since the end of June. Total positive tests reported for Sept.14, 2020, are 231, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 394.4. ASU’s critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public. One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 1.05, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is holding steady. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

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

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

  • Established and operate a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continue to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operating COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manage an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provide daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assisting businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we have invented testing technology, built health check apps in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is also following CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Since August 1, we have collected approximately 54,244 test results from students and employees. The incidence of testing has increased as we launched periodic testing of a statistically significant percentage of the on-campus population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff.

Cumulative number of positive tests since August 1, 2020

  • Students: 1,469
  • Faculty and staff: 29

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 1,139
  • Faculty and staff: 144*

*this number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

As of September 13, our COVID-19 positive case count is as follows:

  • 8 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .06% confirmed positive among employees.
  • 478 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding online), which is .6% confirmed positive among the student body.
    • 387 of these positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area
    • 77 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,479 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that the specific individuals could otherwise be identified from the number. A total of 1,178 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 519 students live on the ASU West campus; 764 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

As of September 9, our COVID-19 positive case count is as follows:

  • 9 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .07% confirmed positive among employees.
  • 628 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding online), which is .8% confirmed positive among the student body.
    • 505 of these positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area
    • 96 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,575 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that the specific individuals could otherwise be identified from the number. A total of 1,185 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 526 students live on the ASU West campus; 766 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

ASU is taking the following steps to proactively manage COVID-19 cases:

  • All positive cases are in isolation, per CDC guidelines
  • Contact tracing efforts implemented for close contacts (per CDC, a close contact is defined as being less than 6 feet away for 10 minutes or more) with instructions for quarantining
  • Scientific investigation of test results and virus transmission on and off campus has been initiated
  • Continued and strengthened enforcement of ASU Community of Care standards and physical distancing protocols
  • Using the daily health check application to monitor students and employees for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Moving to University Housing Mode 3, Restricted Mode of Operations: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests.

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

report graph

September 10, 2020

Updated: Sept 10, 2020 @ 9pm 

ASU is providing periodic updates on our COVID-19 Management Framework, which consists of supporting virus management efforts at the state, local and university level.

Statewide COVID-19 Trend Analysis as Produced by ASU Epidemiology Group

Arizona’s positive COVID-19 case count has been decreasing since its peak in June, and trending downward very steadily since the end of June. Total positive tests reported for Sept. 10, 2020, are 461, and the seven-day trailing average of total positive tests is 435.6. ASU’s critical COVID-19 trend data is updated daily and accessible by the public. One value people use to understand the level of viral transmission is Rt, which is roughly the average number of people subsequently infected by each currently infected person. The Rt for Arizona is 1.03, which is an indicator that the level of spread of COVID-19 is holding steady. You can also see Arizona’s Rt in comparison to other states.

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

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

  • Established and operate a clinically-approved and certified COVID-19 testing lab
  • Developed, deployed and continue to enhance the first saliva-based test in the western U.S.
  • Operating COVID-19 testing sites throughout Arizona, testing thousands for the virus each week, including critical infrastructure/utility personnel, first responders and healthcare workers
  • Designed, deployed and manage an online network of 3D printers and sewing machines to rapidly produce PPE for local hospitals and health care providers throughout Arizona
  • Provide daily key data and analysis to track and predict the spread of the pandemic and its impact
  • Launched an online platform with resources for students, parents, educators, remote workers and health care professionals to promote resilience and continued education during the pandemic
  • Assisting businesses with reopening plans

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

ASU Monitoring Campus Neighborhood Trends

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

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

ASU COVID-19 Situational Update

ASU has previously published its COVID management framework. In short, it is our expectation that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus. That is why we have invented testing technology, built health check apps in partnership with the Mayo Clinic, and established extensive protocols to help manage the virus in our community. ASU is also following CDC guidelines related to higher education.

Since August 1, we have collected approximately 50,533 test results from students and employees. The incidence of testing has increased as we launched periodic testing of a statistically significant percentage of the on-campus population. ASU maintains a low positive incidence with students and an even lower positive incidence with faculty and staff.

Cumulative number of positive tests since August 1, 2020

  • Students: 1385
  • Faculty and staff: 28

Cumulative number of individuals no longer positive/medically cleared for release

  • Students: 879
  • Faculty and staff: 142*

*this number includes ASU employees who were positive cases prior to August 1. 

As of September 9, our COVID-19 positive case count is as follows:

  • 9 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .07% confirmed positive among employees.
  • 628 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding online), which is .8% confirmed positive among the student body.
    • 505 of these positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area
    • 96 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,575 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that the specific individuals could otherwise be identified from the number. A total of 1,185 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 526 students live on the ASU West campus; 766 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

As of September 6, our COVID-19 positive case count is as follows:

  • 18 total known positives among 12,400 total faculty and staff, which is .1% confirmed positive among employees.
  • 807 total known positives among our total student body of 74,500 (excluding online), which is 1% confirmed positive among the student body.
    • 573 of these positive cases are off campus in the metropolitan Phoenix area
    • 202 are in isolation on the ASU Tempe campus. A total of 9,662 students live on the ASU Tempe campus.
    • The remaining are in isolation on either the ASU Downtown Phoenix, ASU West or Polytechnic campuses. These numbers have been combined for reporting purposes to address concerns that the specific individuals could otherwise be identified from the number. A total of 1,195 students live in university housing on the ASU Downtown Phoenix campus; 529 students live on the ASU West campus; 771 students live on the ASU Polytechnic campus.

ASU is taking the following steps to proactively manage COVID-19 cases:

  • All positive cases are in isolation, per CDC guidelines
  • Contact tracing efforts implemented for close contacts (per CDC, a close contact is defined as being less than 6 feet away for 10 minutes or more) with instructions for quarantining
  • Scientific investigation of test results and virus transmission on and off campus has been initiated
  • Continued and strengthened enforcement of ASU Community of Care standards and physical distancing protocols
  • Using the daily health check application to monitor students and employees for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Moving to University Housing Mode 3, Restricted Mode of Operations: Increase security and enforcement; restrict ingress with no external visitors and one guest per room from within the same residence hall at any given time; de-densify higher risk living configurations with communal bathrooms and communal living situations; housing removal for repeat violations; and facilitate single occupancy and process approved housing License Agreement Release requests.

ASU Learning Modes of Operation

Learning Mode 1: Instruction is delivered to students by faculty in-person, on-campus without special public health requirements. Instruction is also available to students digitally through ASU Sync and iCourses.

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

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

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

ASU University Housing Modes of Operation

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

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

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

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

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

ASU Daily Health Check

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

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