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UArizona president awaits PCR test after exposed to COVID-19

TUCSON (KVOA) - University of Arizona President Robert Robbins is undergoing tests after he reportedly was exposed to COVID-19 early September.

During a news conference held by UArizona officials Monday morning, Robbins shared that he believes he was exposed to a student who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus on Sept. 12.

According to the president, he has already taken two antigen tests, which both came back with negative results. He is currently awaiting the results of a PCR test.

Also during the press conference, UArizona shared that the university saw 79 new positives from its 1,299 tests receive on Friday, resulting in a 6.1 percent positivity rate for Friday alone.

UArizona also reported that the results of the last 10 days showed a COVID-19 positivity rate of 11.1 percent.

In addition, after UArizona implementing a voluntary shelter-in-place protocols on Sept. 14, recommending students to quarantine themselves for 14 days to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the university was cleared to have 100 students who tested positive for the virus leave the isolation dorms Sunday.

The university said at this time, no students were reported to check-in to the isolation dorms.

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