A week and a half into the spring semester, UA health officials reported 29 new on-campus cases of COVID-19, while the number of total active cases fell from 116 to 72 on Monday.
Of the active cases, 57 are students, one is a faculty member, 12 are staff members and two are classified as "other," which includes contractors and other non-university employees who have been on campus since Jan. 1, according to the UA COVID-19 dashboard. Of the 29 new cases, 10 were identified through on-campus testing, and three were self reported between Monday and Wednesday. The rest were identified through the confirmation of previously pending test results.
There were 73 new recoveries between Monday and Wednesday, according to the dashboard.
Since the start of the semester, 1,592 people have been tested for COVID-19 on campus, according to the dashboard. Of the 26,919 reported tests on campus since the beginning of August, 1,238 have been positive, for a cumulative positivity rate of 4.6%. There are also 44 pending test results.
During the fall semester, the largest number of reported tests was 2,133 between Aug. 31 and Sept. 6, which yielded a positivity rate of 20%, according to the dashboard. This spike in positives occurred two weeks after the return of students to campus.