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PHOENIX — University of Arizona President Robert Robbins provided an update on the school’s COVID-19 testing results on Thursday.

Most of the university’s classes began virtually Monday, but around 5,000 students were expected to attend in person for essential courses such as labs and performing art studios.

As of Wednesday, UArizona had collected 10,126 coronavirus tests. Of those, only 46 came back positive, yielding a 0.45% positivity rate.

Arizona State University also provided a COVID-19 update earlier this week. As of Tuesday, ASU had collected 32,729 test results from students and employees across the school’s four campuses living either on or off campus.

Of those, 161 had come back positive, yielding a 0.49% positivity rate.

Robbins said in a press release that courses will continue in the same format next week and that public health data will help determine when additional in-person classes can commence on campus.

University staff and students living off-campus are encouraged to sign up for testing online. UArizona’s testing results are also posted and updated daily online as well.

Robbins also acknowledged that student behavior off campus is harder to control.

“We have to do a good job of not having these big crowds, these off-campus parties, and we’ll continue to message that and try to help people understand this is a true public health crisis and an issue,” he said.

“And for us to have the privilege of continuing to have the university stay open, we have to follow the rules.”

Robbins went on to say that failure to comply could result in disciplinary action.

As part of its Test, Trace, Treat strategy, the university is also offering antibody tests that are available on campus and were developed by UArizona researchers.

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