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TUCSON (AP) — University of Arizona President Robert Robbins announced Monday the college will begin offering take-home COVID-19 test kits later this week.

The tests will be available at nine campus locations. Students and staff give a sample by gargling. They use their cellphone to scan the test so it’s in the tracking system and then turn the sample in. Robbins believes a lot more people will get tested with this option, thus giving a more accurate picture of the positivity rate in the community.

The state on Monday reported 2,278 new confirmed cases but no new deaths, bringing the total since the pandemic hit Arizona in early 2020 to 1,050,878 cases and 19,187 deaths.

Pinal County reported only one new case Monday, but that is probably due to a delay in reporting from sites over the weekend.

Despite the new laws banning mask mandates, at least 29 public school districts in Arizona have enacted their own mask requirements. The districts account for more than a third of the approximately 930,000 students attending more than 2,000 schools run by public districts

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