UArizona president to announce school's plans for fall semester

Posted at 7:33 PM, Apr 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-21 15:35:16-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — University of Arizona President Dr. Robert Robbins will be announcing the school's plans for the fall semester Thursday.

Robbins will make the announcement at an 11 a.m. event where he'll be getting his blood drawn for a COVID-19 antibody test.

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The event is highlighting the university's efforts to make antibody testing widely available across its campus and to first responders and health care workers across the state.

According to a news release from the University of Arizona, most people who are infected by the virus that causes COVID-19 make antibodies within a few weeks of infection. The presence of COVID-19 antibodies means the immune system mounted a response against the virus.

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Robbins has committed the school to producing 250,000 antibody tests for first responders and health care workers across Arizona with $3.5 million in state funding. Robbins has also said he hopes to tests all faculty and students at the university for COVID-19 antibodies.