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Active cases of COVID-19 fell to 305 Wednesday, decreasing by 583 in a week and by 39 since Monday, UA officials reported.

Active cases have been decreasing since Sept. 7, when 923 active cases were reported. A week ago, there were 888 active cases on campus.

From Sept. 14-15, 34 new cases were reported. On-campus testing reported 11 cases, while 23 cases were self-reported to UA Emergency Management. None were reported from the Arkansas Department of Health.

Of the 305 active cases, 300 are students and one is a graduate assistant. Additionally, two are faculty members and two are staff members, according to the UofA COVID-19 dashboard.

During the two-day period, Pat Walker Health Center officials performed 365 on-campus tests. Of that, 279 tests are pending results, according to the UofA COVID-19 data.

Chancellor Joe Steinmetz announced in an email Wednesday that authorized on-campus activities will resume Sept. 21. He addressed the decline in active cases by urging students to remain cautiously optimistic.

“Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods yet, but it does suggest our campus community has done a better job of heeding health and safety guidelines,” Steinmetz said.

In the email, Steinmetz urged students to take advantage of testing at Pat Walker Health Center. Testing is available five days a week for anyone in the UofA campus community.

The availability of quarantine and isolation space for on-campus students is at 54.8%, according to the dashboard. The data on quarantine space availability is a newly added feature to the COVID-19 dashboard, Chancellor Joe Steinmetz announced in his email.

There have been 1,177 recoveries since Aug. 1. On campus, 4,936 people have been tested, with 608 positive results, for a positivity rate of 13.1%. The pending test results are not factored into this positivity rate.

The positivity rate is above the WHO’s recommended rate of 5% for reopening localities. Arkansas is currently in the second of three stages of economic reopening.

Hanna Ellington is an assistant editor for the Arkansas Traveler.

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