TEMPE -- Arizona State University officials have confirmed that 15 students at the school have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.
In a statement released Tuesday, the university said it is working in close coordination with the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Health Department. Due to privacy concerns, ASU said it is not disclosing where the students are located, but that only one has been hospitalized.
"Any member of the ASU community who shows symptoms of COVID-19 is required to self-isolate and independent of a person’s residence, the health care protocol is the same for anyone who has tested positive: self-isolation for a minimum of 14 days, regular (remote) health screening, daily food delivery and (remote) personal and emotional support," the statement said. "ASU will work with the county and the state on contact tracing anyone who may have come into contact with a positive case."
The university said it strongly encourages all students living in student housing whose circumstances permit to consider out of the residence halls.
"This will help if students need to be isolated, become ill or if the state moves to a shelter in place situation," the school "Residence halls will continue to remain open and essential services will continue to be provided to students who need to remain on campus."
ASU has already increased the cleaning of student residential areas, particularly high-touch surfaces and are reminding students about appropriate social distancing protocols. University dining has moved to take-out only or a grab-and-go concept to eliminate gathering at mealtimes and no visitors are allowed in residence halls.