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University Of Arizona Encouraged By Recent Downtrend In Its COVID-19 Cases

University of Arizona President Robert Robbins is encouraged by a downtrend in COVID-19 cases among his campus community over the past two weeks. 

“Our most recent data results, Friday, had 13 positives from 966 tests, a positivity rate of 1.3%, down slightly from the rate I reported two weeks ago at 1.7%," he said during a Monday press conference. 

About 10% of the test results over the past several days were produced through a new university program that provides students and employees with COVID-19 PCR test kits that they can take with them on the go, Robbins said. He called this a good first sign that the program is increasing COVID-19 test accessibility among the campus community. 

Robbins said he feels the low positivity rate shows masks, social distancing and regular handwashing work to control the spread of the virus. 

Rocio Hernandez is a senior field correspondent who was raised in the Las Vegas valley. She temporarily left the desert to work as the first bilingual reporter at KUER in Salt Lake City, Utah. There she covered immigration and education stories. Prior to KUER, Hernandez worked at the Associated Press’s office in Phoenix and has also interned for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Reno Public Radio (KUNR) and the East Bay Times. Hernandez fell in love with audio storytelling after participating in an NPR's “Next Gen Radio” training as a student at the University of Nevada, Reno.In her spare time, Hernandez enjoys cuddling with her two poodles, sipping margaritas and spending time with her husband.