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ASU reports 957 positive COVID-19 cases across entire staff, student body

The school says that figure is out of a total of about 100,000 people across its four campuses.

TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State University reported Thursday night that 957 students and staff members have tested positive for coronavirus.

University officials say 957 students, about 1.04% of the student population, and 28 staff members, about 0.2% of all staff members, reported testing positive for COVID-19.

That number is up from 775 cases reported on Monday.

The school says that figure is out of a total of about 100,000 people across its four campuses. 

More than half of all students who have positive cases reside off-campus and 369 students are in isolation at ASU's Tempe campus.

University President Michael Crow says the college has implemented an extensive testing policy ahead of the fall semester that kicked off in August.

“It is our expectation that COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon and that we must find a way to operate the university in a way that accounts for the ongoing presence of the virus,” Crow said in a campus-wide statement.

“Let me be clear: Our testing strategy is among the most comprehensive and thorough in the U.S.,” he said.

ASU requires students in dorms to test negatively for the virus before moving in. That's about 20% of the student population.