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UArizona to hold ‘essential courses’ in person at least until Oct. 2

TUCSON (KVOA) - The University of Arizona will continue to hold in-person classes only for "essential courses" at least until Oct. 2, the university said Monday.

UArizona says that about  5,000 students are attending essential courses, such as labs and performing arts courses.

On Friday, 79 of the 1,299 tests conducted returned positive results, a rate of 6.1% – a drop from the 8.8% positivity rate a week earlier.

Those tests included students living on and off campus, as well as university employees.

President Robert C. Robbins said no new students were admitted to isolation housing over the weekend.

One hundred students were able to leave isolation housing. That left 324 students in isolation on campus and 75 isolating off campus. The university will also expand its on-campus isolation capacity to 600 after preparing more rooms over the weekend.

On Sept. 14, Pima County and UArizona  recommended that students living on or near campus shelter in place for 14 days, until Sept. 29, to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

In a news release, the university also said that its Community Area Response Team responded to 17 properties on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

"The team issued 10 red tags, 19 citations and initiated 25 code of conduct violations with the Dean of Students Office," UArizona said.

"We've gone from begging, encouraging, now moving into the action phase of where your choices will have consequences," Robbins said, "and there will be individuals who will be asked to leave the university."

Campus testing results are updated regularly on the university's COVID-19 website.

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