/ Modified sep 25, 2020 3:19 p.m.

COVID-19 testing down at the University of Arizona

Tests were below 1,000 a day for three days.

360 mask sign ua hallway Signage inside a building at the University of Arizona promotes mask wearing on campus, July 2020.
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The University of Arizona tested 3,910 students and staff members this week for COVID-19. That is below the goal of 6,000 tests per week the university President Robert Robbins wants.

Tests only broke the 1,000-test threshold one day according to data published by the university on Thursday night.

“We suspect the numbers are down due to the county’s shelter in place recommendation. We have the capacity, but not the business,” wrote Holly Jensen, University of Arizona Vice President for Communications, in an email.

The shelter in place recommendation was put in place by Pima County on September 15 after a surge in cases on the University of Arizona campus. It expires on Sept 29. Testing at the university peaked on Sept. 10 at 1,991.

The number of cases and the percent positive both dropped at the university this week.

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