Welcome Back Kits Now Available; Download the COVID Exposure App

Aug. 24, 2020

Dear Students,

I hope the first week of classes went well!  

This week’s College of Law COVID-19 update includes information on the university’s new COVID exposure tracking app (with strong privacy protection!), guidelines for returning to campus in person for those who are doing so, and free mask distribution.

To Do: Download the COVID Watch Arizona App

Last week the university announced a new way to join the fight against COVID and protect yourself and others: an exposure notification app called COVID Watch Arizona. I have it on my phone!

The private, secure COVID Watch Arizona app runs in the background of your phone and uses Bluetooth signals to track when app users come in contact with each other. It does not collect personal or location information

If an app user tests positive for COVID, they can choose to anonymously alert others in the app. If you’ve been in contact with another app user who reports a positive test, you will receive a private alert and be encouraged to get tested. 

President Robbins describes COVID Watch Arizona as a “game changer” in the university’s ability to perform effective contact tracing and keep campus healthy.

The more of us who download and use the app, the more effective it will be in protecting our community. Learn more about the COVID Watch Arizona app, or download it now from Google Play or the App Store.

To Do: Antigen Test

If you are returning to campus, first please get an antigen test, which is a diagnostic test designed for rapid detection of the virus that causes COVID-19. I have scheduled my test -- it is easy. 

The university has free antigen testing for students, with results available within one hour. If you have been living out of town, please get tested before returning to Tucson.

Welcome Back Kits

The College of Law is providing every student with a free Welcome Back Kit that includes an Arizona Law mask, a touch tool, and a disinfectant bottle. 

No-contact, curbside pickup is available in the College of Law parking lot, 7-11 a.m. on Sept. 1 and 2 (for Red Team students) and 7-11 a.m. on Sept. 8-9 (for Blue Team students).  

Students walking and biking into campus can pick up their kits near the bike racks on these same dates/times.  

Contact Bernadette Wilkinson if you want a kit but need to make alternate arrangements for pick up.

COVID-19 Reports

  • President Robbins Weekly Briefing - Aug. 19 
    • President Robbins and Dr. Carmona are “cautiously encouraged” by the state and campus COVID metrics continuing to move in the right direction
    • From 7/31 through 8/23, the university has conducted 8,340 COVID-19 tests with 27 positive results (.32%).
    • AVP for Facilities Management Chris Kopach shared the campus-wide improvements made in preparation for returning to campus
  • COVID-19 Disease Outbreak Outlook in Arizona and Pima County - Aug. 21 (attached) via Dr. Joe Gerald/UA Zuckerman College of Public Health

Thank you for carefully reading these updates and watching your inbox for important university and college announcements. 

We know it’s a lot of information to digest during an already busy time.  We also appreciate that new information (such as the Covid Watch Arizona app) continue to be added.  I'm sure all of us appreciate that staying informed and prepared, complying with university regulations, and encouraging broad, positive social norms is critical to protecting the health and safety of our community.

Marc, Bernadette, & Leah

on behalf of the Arizona Law COVID Task Force Implementation Team

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