Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona

June 25, 2020

By Matt Ellsworth

Arizona’s dramatic increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases—more than three times as many as a month ago—has hospitals concerned about staffing and capacity with at least one health care organization holding off on scheduling new elective surgeries. New advancements in testing being developed at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona will help expand availability, but as demand is rising now waits for tests and results are growing. And there have been a few reported Arizona cases of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, a rare illness potentially linked with COVID-19.

Arizona hospitals may soon reach capacity, expert warns / KJZZ

Valley hospital network puts brakes on elective surgeries as coronavirus fills beds statewide / 12 News

Tucson’s hospitals managing a health-care crisis as beds fill, patient transfers increase / Arizona Daily Star

ICUs at hospitals across Tucson are filling up with coronavirus patients / Arizona Daily Star

Maricopa County public health officials: More than one-third of all cases have been confirmed in past week alone / Arizona Republic

Valley businesses can access COVID-19 testing by partnering with ASU / Phoenix Business Journal

UA-invented device delivers COVID-19 results in minutes / Arizona Daily Star

Arizona ‘overwhelmed’ with demand for tests as U.S. system shows strain / New York Times

Coronavirus testing: Waits grow as demand rises, supplies run short in Phoenix area / Arizona Republic

‘It’s as if the foot is on the accelerator’ — Arizona continues to see rise in COVID-19 cases / KJZZ

COVID-related inflammatory illness strikes Arizona children / Arizona Republic

Arizona sees cases of coronavirus-linked inflammatory condition in children / Fox News

Getting Answers: How COVID-19 could affect the lungs / KVOA

What do AZ hospital CEOs say about COVID-19 response? / ABC 15

Valley doctors and nurses on frontlines say more help is needed in hospitals /

Doctors talk about the COVID-19 ‘beast’: ‘I don’t even know how to tell you how our hearts break’ / Arizona Republic  

Banner nurses in Colorado help Phoenix hospital with COVID-19 cases / 12 News

Refugees sewing masks for health care workers / KOLD

As student athletes return, how University of Arizona plans to keep campus safe from COVID-19 / KJZZ

How testing and tracing can help combat COVID-19 / Arizona Public Media

Former Arizona epidemiologist says virus may not be containable /

$100M Creighton University Phoenix campus marks ‘topping out’ / AZ Big Media

Creighton University’s new $100 million, 180,000-square-foot Health Sciences–Phoenix Campus at Park Central reached a major construction milestone earlier this month as work continues on-schedule on the new building set to be completed in 2021.

Healing lungs, improving data, oncology research and more / Inside Tucson Business

Tucson-based Aqualung Therapeutics recently secured a $2.3 million award from the National Institutes of Health to develop therapeutic antibodies for patients with radiation-induced lung injury.

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