Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona

June 11, 2020

By Matt Ellsworth

The numbers of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Arizona are rising significantly due to increased community spread, leading public health and hospital officials to urge precautions including the wearing of masks. Testing is increasing throughout the state, to detect both the disease and antibodies. COVID-19 research continues in Arizona labs, including creating a special mouse that can get sick from the new coronavirus to help accelerate vaccine trials. 

Maricopa County urges masks and individual precautions to slow the increasing spread of COVID-19 / Arizona Republic

Tucson seeing spike in COVID-19 cases, hospitals approaching full capacity / Arizona Daily Star

State says it has enough lung machines, but Banner remains at capacity / Arizona Republic

COVID-19 is filling up Arizona’s ICUs. Here’s how hospitals are responding / KJZZ

Banner Health says the number of COVID patients on ventilators has quadrupled /

Arizona’s largest health system reaches capacity on ECMO lung machines as COVID-19 cases in the state continue to climb / Arizona Republic

University of Arizona doctor says rise in COVID-19 cases is due to community spread / KJZZ

Weekly Update on the science of COVID-19: Super-spreader events / KNAU

Flagstaff first responders tested for COVID-19 antibodies / Arizona Daily Sun

Arizona officials press hospitals to activate emergency plans because of COVID-19 cases / Phoenix Business Journal

Mice can’t catch COVID-19, so a UA lab is making new kind of mouse / Arizona Republic

New COVID-19 test could be coming to Pima County / KVOA

New Arizona-led study shows coronavirus began to spread in U.S. later than previously thought / Arizona Daily Star

Banner Health’s chief clinician urges COVID-19 precautions or crisis will worsen / Arizona Daily Star

University of Arizona expands coronavirus antibody testing throughout state / Arizona Daily Star

UA expands COVID-19 antibody testing to more groups / Arizona Public Media

Tucson airport will require passengers, others to wear face masks / Arizona Daily Star

Arizona hospitals leading the way during pandemic / Chamber Business News

Rising coronavirus cases have hospitals doubling down on visitation policies / ABC 15

Arizona health experts warn against delaying kids’ checkups, vaccinations / KTAR

My View: Tech industry wins are Arizona wins / Phoenix Business Journal (Op-ed)

3 Arizona startups compete in international bioscience competition / Arizona Republic

i-calQ, BMSEED and Equus Innovations are finalists competing at this year’s Bio International Startup Stadium contest, which helps to launch early-stage bioscience companies.

UA researcher develops system to reduce doctor’s appointment no-shows / Tucson Local Media

A University of Arizona researcher and founder of the startup Hipokratiz, LLC, in partnership with Tech Launch Arizona, is developing a software system that incorporates a reliable notification system and a video consultation service with medical providers to lessen the amount of patient no-shows.

Arizona physician leads US research for cancer medication / KTAR

An Arizona oncology physician was the lead United States researcher on a medication approved in April by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat patients that have been diagnosed with advanced stage ovarian cancer and keep them in remission.

Efforts continue to expand Flagstaff’s tech industry / Flagstaff Business News

The 20-year-old nonprofit Moonshot at NACET operates Flagstaff’s business incubator, business accelerator, workforce and laboratory space, and associated mentorship programs and works with other groups in northern Arizona to recruit, relocate, educate and guide entrepreneurs bringing concepts to market.

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