Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona

August 6, 2020

By Matt Ellsworth

As Arizona continues its decline in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, schools and universities are planning how they will reopen as new metrics are set to be released today to guide the return of students to the classroom. Researchers and hospitals are leading dozens of clinical trials in Arizona with the hope of finding better drugs to treat COVID-19, which has now claimed more than 4,000 lives in Arizona. 

As cases decline, Arizonans must stay vigilant, expert says / KJZZ

Health officials to release data benchmarks to help school leaders decide when to reopen / Arizona Republic

Maricopa County working on COVID-19 data dashboard to guide school reopenings / KJZZ

Doctors need something besides remdesivir to treat COVID-19. What is it and who gets it? / Arizona Republic

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations continue decline in Arizona / KJZZ

Arizona deaths in June far exceeded a typical year. Is it just COVID-19, or is something else happening? / Arizona Republic

Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing urges use of clear masks / KJZZ

Kristina Donnay, the nurse who stepped up on COVID-19 testing / InMaricopa

ASU requiring COVID-19 tests for students moving into dorms / KJZZ

Health officials: Influx of UA students could cause spike in Tucson’s COVID-19 cases / Arizona Daily Star

How could COVID-19 and NAU’s fall semester impact the health and economy of Flagstaff? / Arizona Daily Sun

Arizona nonprofit offering seed money to mental health researchers to look at solutions for pandemic anxiety / ABC 15

NAU supporting businesses, communities during COVID-19 / Flagstaff Business News (Op-ed)

‘Amazing, isn’t it?’ Long-sought blood test for Alzheimer’s in reach / New York Times

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute played a lead role in an international study of a new blood test that may speed research for treatments and provide a diagnosis for dementia patients who want to know if they have Alzheimer’s disease.

Banner Health launches advanced heart failure center in Phoenix / KTAR

The Advanced Heart Failure Center at Banner—University Medical Center Phoenix conducted its first transplant in February and has completed 10 heart transplants as of January.

UArizona receives federal grant to further Alzheimer’s research / KTAR

A University of Arizona scientist has earned $3.8 million in federal funding from the National Institute on Aging to further research on medications to help prevent or reverse the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Read more: UA scientists investigate connection between Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome

New Pima Community College scholarship to diversify STEM fields / KGUN

A $4.8 million grant funded by the National Science Foundation will provide scholarships to 94 eligible students who are pursuing associate degrees at Pima Community College with the intention of transferring and completing Bachelor of Science degrees at the University of Arizona.  

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