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University of Arizona sees decline in rate of COVID-19 cases

University of Arizona sees decline in rate of COVID-19 cases

Members of the Covid Ambassador Team (CAT) sit outside the Student Union Memorial Center on the UA campus on Jan. 14, 2021.

The University of Arizona will cut back its testing requirements for dorm residents after a drop in the COVID-19 positivity rate in the last week.

Starting this week, all UA students will be required to get a coronavirus test once a week, UA President Robert C. Robbins said Monday in a news briefing. UA dorm residents had been required to test twice a week, but the university saw positivity rates drop from 1.18% to 0.52% last week, with 69 positive cases of the 13,179 tests administered.

Pima County opened the Kino Sports Complex for drive-thru COVID-19 vaccinations. People who fall into Phase 1B of the vaccination process for the coronavirus disease can register and receive their first shot. Phase 1B includes people over 75 years old, educators and first responders. Video by: Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star Jan. 19, 2021

Compliance for testing will be enforced starting Feb. 15. Any student attending class on campus has to get tested, and won’t have access to the university’s WiFi if they don’t, Robbins said.

The university will also consider allowing classes of up to 50 people starting Feb. 22, if public health conditions allow for that, Robbins said.

The University has administered 9,866 vaccines so far, marinating a daily average rate of about 800 vaccines. The university is administering vaccines to mostly K-12 educators, but is accepting anyone eligible in the current Phase 1B, which includes people 70 and older and workers in law enforcement, education and child care.

To register for the vaccine, go to or call 520-222-0119, between 8:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. The phone line is for people who need help registering for the vaccine or who can’t make an online appointment.

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Stephanie is a Tucson native and graduated from the University of Arizona in 2014. She worked for newspapers in Rapid City, South Dakota; Manhattan, Kansas; and Lake Havasu City before moving back to Tucson.

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