PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona health officials are reporting just over 200 new coronavirus cases but no additional deaths.
The state Department of Health Services released its daily coronavirus data Monday morning.
The agency tallied 213 confirmed virus cases, bringing the statewide total to 208,725. But the known death toll remains at 5,322.
In-patient hospitalizations due to the virus, including ventilator and intensive care unit usage, have continued to decline.
Johns Hopkins University data analyzed by The Associated Press showed drops in the seven-day rolling averages of daily new cases and daily deaths over the past two weeks.
The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.
In other developments:
-The University of Arizona as a “last-ditch effort” will ask students to voluntarily shelter in place for the next two weeks, University President Robert Robbins said. He cited a troubling uptick in positive cases among students.
“What changed? Students came back and they started partying,” Robbins said during a briefing Monday.
The school will urge students on campus and in certain nearby geographical areas to only go out for essentials, medical appointments or classes that are conducted in-person. The shelter-in-place recommendation will also apply to sorority and fraternity houses and some high-rise apartment buildings.
Officials reported Friday that 176 students were quarantining in dorms and 53 were quarantining elsewhere. The school has two designated quarantine dorms and may open a third. Since July 31, 770 students and four university employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. But for some - especially older adults and people with existing health problems - it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
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