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UA COVID-19 Test Tracker

Daily (10/16)
676 2 0.3%
Total (8/2)
39,754 601 1.5%
Includes tests since August 2, 2021
Data from https://covid19.arizona.edu/updates
Updated October 16, 2021

Disability rights advocates call for Ducey to prioritize people with disabilities in vaccine distribution

03/16/2021 4:56pm

On Friday, Feb. 26, the Arizona Center for Disability Law along with various other disability rights advocacy organizations and members of the disability community sent a letter to Gov. Doug Ducey requesting a meeting to engage with disability rights organizations to discuss vaccine access to members of the Arizona Long Term Care System and their caregivers regardless of age and setting. 

CDC releases new guidance for vaccinated Americans

03/19/2021 10:23am

On Monday morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidance for people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To date, there have been three vaccines that have received an emergency use authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, with the most recent being the one produced by Johnson and Johnson. 

Are you eligible to get your coronavirus vaccine right now?

03/03/2021 7:09am

Arizona alone has had over 818,000 COVID-19 cases and upwards of 16,000 deaths. With around 1,000 COVID-19 cases being reported daily recently, some students may be eager to get vaccinated. The good news is that there are three U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved vaccines. Unfortunately, the general population of college students has yet to receive them. 

Vaccinations for people with intellectual and developmental disorders

02/12/2021 12:27pm

The pandemic hit people in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities — referred to as I/DD — community with many challenges and left an already marginalized group even more vulnerable. Prioritization of vaccination in this group is crucial, but Arizona’s vaccination plan for this community has been variable based on where one lives.

The UA to become point of distribution for COVID-19 vaccine

01/18/2021 11:47pm

The Pima County Health Department has designated the University of Arizona to be one of the points of distribution for vaccination as a part of Phase 1B in the vaccine rollout plan. The UA will administer the Pfizer vaccine at no out-of-pocket expense. They will primarily be serving teachers, educators and childcare workers. This includes teachers, faculty and staff at the K-12 schools in Pima County, Pima Community College and over 15,000 faculty and staff at the UA.

New coronavirus strain B.1.1.7 to be dominant by March, CDC says

01/18/2021 11:43pm

Just over one year ago, scientists around the world began to sequence the SARS-CoV-2 virus with the aim of finding out more about the novel and enigmatic coronavirus. A few months ago, experts began to notice mutations in the virus' genome that have led to a new round of lockdowns and increased concern around the globe.

Is the new coronavirus variant cause for concern?

12/23/2020 4:25pm

Across the pond, in the United Kingdom, a new variant of the original SARS-CoV-2 virus was first identified. As an RNA virus, the novel coronavirus is more susceptible to mutations, given its weaker proofreading capabilities. The variant, called B.1.1.7., has a handful of mutations — 23, in total — in its genetic code.

Frontline workers reflect nine months into COVID-19 pandemic

12/16/2020 9:36am

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization officially declared the coronavirus outbreak a "pandemic." Since then, the world has documented 75 million infections and 1.7 million deaths, and the U.S. is currently seeing its worst days in terms of cases, hospitalizations and deaths.

FDA approves Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine, distribution begins

12/14/2020 1:56pm

On Friday, Dec. 11, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for Pfizer/BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine as the country is currently seeing record numbers of cases, hospitalizations and deaths. This action will pave the way for millions across the U.S. to start receiving the vaccine this week.

Personalized vaccines: The new frontier in cancer treatment

12/08/2020 2:30am

Exciting results from a new clinical study showed that a personalized vaccine combined with an immunotherapy drug had a promising response rate in patients with advanced incurable head and neck cancer. Dr. Julie Bauman, chief of Hematology and Oncology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson, led a phase one clinical trial with the pharmaceutical company, Moderna, to test the combined use of personalized vaccines created from tumor DNA with the immunotherapy drug pembrolizumab.