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

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.

A college football season, in the middle of a pandemic, was simply too ambitious

08/11/2020 7:19pm

It seemed as though the light at the end of the tunnel was finally becoming visible. Professional sports had resuscitated its seasons in a time where fans needed it most. The NCAA had started to build a foundation for fall sports, announcing a conference-only structure for its seasons and creating a complex plan to safely bring its student-athletes back to campus. The Pac-12, along with several other conferences, even released exact dates for when these games were going to be played. But, unfortunately, the reality of the situation became impossible to ignore.

What's in a good coronavirus test, accuracy or speed? It depends...

08/10/2020 3:29am

With all of the testing blunders that have plagued the country's coronavirus scene, a faster, less-accurate test could be the solution to better controlling the pandemic. Experts are now retracting previous sentiments about the role that rapid tests and a quantity-over-quality strategy could play in bringing back a sense of normalcy.

New research shows asymptomatic carriers have similar viral load, infection spreads via aerosol

08/09/2020 11:45am

With schools set to reopen soon, the unknowing presence of asymptomatic carriers and a high risk of transmission from aerosol could prove detrimental to keeping the spread of disease under control. A new study out of South Korea published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that asymptomatic carriers harbored similar quantities of the novel coronavirus, called a viral load, as those who displayed symptoms.

TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Campus etiquette, transportation options and internship opportunities 101

08/06/2020 2:14pm

For new students, maneuvering through your first year at the University of Arizona means more than getting from point A to point B. Easing that navigational stress means figuring out what works for you. Whether it's learning to not walk in the bike lanes, being the one on the bike, or cycling through job listings, our staff has you covered with pointers on getting where you need to go, no matter the destination. 

Letter from UA President Robbins to new students

08/04/2020 3:15pm

In this letter, UA President Robert C. Robbins welcomes new students to the campus community and outlines some reminders to promote public health and safety at the university.