Coronavirus Coverage

UA COVID-19 Test Tracker

Daily (12/8)
669 11 1.6%
Total (8/2)
66,070 1,065 1.6%
Includes tests since August 2, 2021
Data from https://covid19.arizona.edu/updates
Updated December 8, 2021

OPINION: Not a matter of if, but when

As students return to university campuses in the promise that it will be safe from COVID-19, outbreaks skyrocket due to parties and gatherings off-campus, which leaves students of the University of Arizona wondering what to expect. Read more

A poopy situation: The proactive use of wastewater testing as a leading indicator of infection

09/01/2020 11:48am

Last week, to the surprise of many around the country, the University of Arizona announced that it was able to use wastewater testing to mitigate a potential future outbreak of COVID-19. When a sample of wastewater came back positive from the Likins Residence Hall, the UA tested all of the dorm's 311 residents and found two asymptomatic students who tested positive and were immediately quarantined.

UA professor predicts "Great Senior Short Sale" will upheave housing market

09/01/2020 7:07pm

A study from a University of Arizona professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture predicts that millions of homes owned by baby boomers and Gen Xers will become unsellable due to demographic and preferential shifts among millennials and Gen Zers in the next couple of decades. The Daily Wildcat interviewed Arthur Nelson, a professor of urban planning and real estate development at the UA, who authored the study to find out more about his research and its implications. 

CDC reverses 'very concerning' guidelines regarding who test for COVID-19

09/18/2020 11:01am

Earlier this week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention modified its guidance regarding who to test for COVID-19 — a move that has sparked controversy from those in the scientific community. The agency said that people who are asymptomatic do not need to be tested for COVID-19 when that same cohort of individuals make up nearly half of those who are infected, according to that same agency.

Childhood vaccination rates drop to alarmingly low rates amidst global pandemic

08/24/2020 11:34pm

The U.S. is now over five months into a devastating battle with seemingly no end in sight.  As of Aug. 24, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken over 180,000 confirmed lives and infected about 6 million individuals. On top of this, a latent issue could be rising to the surface as schools across the country are in the process of reopening: a stark drop in childhood vaccination rates.

FDA announces emergency use authorization of convalescent plasma therapy

08/24/2020 3:02am

On Sunday, Aug. 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced an emergency use authorization of convalescent plasma therapy to help treat COVID-19. An emergency use authorization from the FDA does not require the same level of evidence as full FDA approval however, it increases the availability of a given therapy and "allows FDA to help strengthen the nation’s public health protections."

Round two: Cracking some common myths about COVID-19

08/21/2020 10:01am

Schools across the country are in the midst of deciding whether to stick with online classes or move to in-person instruction. With all that has happened this year, confusion and misinformation have been all too widespread. As of Aug. 20, there have been nearly 6 million confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States, according to The New York Times. Here are 10 different pieces of fact and fiction about COVID-19, the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus strain.

Two UA professors speak on why they decided to hold their classes online

08/18/2020 11:13am

In a weekly campus reentry briefing on July 16, University of Arizona President Dr. Robert C. Robbins announced that UA will officially be returning to campus in four different forms of learning: in-person, flex in-person, live online and iCourse. In line with Robbins’ goal to have 50% of campus in-person, two of these models will be some degree of in-person learning, including fully in-person and flex in-person. 

How UA Campus Health is preparing for reentry

08/18/2020 10:42am

The University of Arizona’s fall semester is now close but there are still many uncertainties about reentry during this pandemic.  The Daily Wildcat interviewed David Salafsky, the interim co-executive director of UA Campus Health, about how Campus Health has been and currently is preparing for reentry.

CDC backtracks on earlier guidance on three-month period of immunity

08/15/2020 3:57pm

Ever since the beginning of the pandemic, the question of how long immunity lasts after being infected with COVID-19 has been at the forefront of discussion. A recent update from the Centers for Disease Control suggests that immunity against the novel coronavirus may last at least 3 months.

Here's what the Student Union will look like in the fall

08/14/2020 2:50am

A lot of changes are being made at the University of Arizona campus due to COVID-19. One place to expect a few changes is the Student Union.  The Arizona Student Unions will be bringing back a portion of their student workers to assist the Student Unions Staff in areas needed. These areas include the Production Kitchen, Catering, Administration, Restaurants, and Marketing. “We’re planning around 60-80% former capacity,” stated Todd Millay, Senior Director for the Arizona Student Unions.