University of Arizona says ‘legal action’ possible if coronavirus cases continue to surge

Last week, Pima County and UA officials urged students to shelter in place for 14 days after seeing a significant increase in coronavirus cases on and off campus. Josh Galemore / Arizona Daily Star

By Jasmine Demers | Arizona Daily Star

With one week left of a voluntary shelter-in-place recommendation, coronavirus positivity rates are declining among University of Arizona students, officials said Monday.

But UA officials warned that if cases continued to increase, legal action is possible to try to curb the spread of the virus.

The UA has reported more than 2,000 positive COVID-19 cases among students, faculty and staff as of Friday. The school has tested more than 31,600 people and have an overall positivity rate of 6.4%. School officials want to get the positivity rate under 5%, they said Monday.

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