TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The University of Arizona is preparing to welcome thousands of students back on campus next Wednesday as part of its stage-1 entry plan. However, only essential classes requiring hands-on labs will be allowed to return, and more COVID-19 testing will be required to enter campus.
The university will begin a testing blitz Wednesday, and those wishing to be on campus will have to show a negative test result.
“We’re moving forward with required weekly COVID testing for all students residing in our dorms, as well as all students attending in-person classes. Any students visiting campus will be expected to have taken a test within the previous week,” said President Robert Robbins.
While some feel it’s unsafe for 3,900 students to return to in-person classes next week due to the surge in cases, Robbins said there hasn’t been any virus transmissions within classrooms.
To assure it remains that way, all students returning from outside Pima County must quarantine for seven days and be tested. The spring plan will mirror last semester, but it could change along the way.
“To do the same this term, we will need to respond to public health conditions and follow data to inform our decisions. Test as we did every day, every week last semester.”
The university will be conducting 3,000 free COVID-19 tests daily and urge students, faculty and staff to perform their test on campus to relieve the strain on the county’s testing sites.
Officials said isolation housing will be available for students living on campus who test positive.