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UA COVID-19 Test Tracker

Daily (10/25)
131 0 0.0%
Total (8/4)
56,354 2,447 4.3%
Includes tests since August 4, 2020
Data from https://covid19.arizona.edu/updates
Updated October 25, 2020

UA startup Botanisol Analytics won $1.5 million contract

06/26/2020 4:27am

The University of Arizona startup, Botanisol Analytics, has won a $1.5 million contract to build systems for the Air Force Research Laboratory.  The system they have built is a machine with sensors that can instantly analyze the chemical makeup of a virus test sample. The system was invented by Tom Milster who is an optical sciences professor at UA.

CDC director Redfield says cases of COVID-19 may be 10 times higher than reported

06/26/2020 4:28am

On Thursday, June 25, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, told reporters that he believes the actual number of COVID-19 cases is 10 times higher than what is currently reported, per The Washington Post. “Our best estimate right now is that for every case that’s reported, there actually are 10 other infections," Redfield said.

Dr. Christian Bime: Fighting the pandemic one patient at a time

06/20/2020 2:12am

Dr. Christian Bime is a pulmonary and critical care physician who has been working on the front lines since the inception of the COVID-19 pandemic. After finishing a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2013, Bime started working at Banner University Medical Center — Tucson.

Could increasing ambient temperatures help slow the spread of COVID-19?

06/18/2020 8:12pm

As temperatures start to soar in Arizona, we can only hope that cases of COVID-19 don’t escalate with it in conjunction. However, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced that Arizona had a record-setting day of 2,519 new confirmed cases on June 18. So what effect does excessive heat have on the transmission of the virus?

Congressman Ruben Gallego and two health experts hold press conference for spike in COVID-19 cases

06/15/2020 10:12pm

On Monday, June 15, Congressman Ruben Gallego and two health experts Will Humble and Andy Slavitt, held a press conference to discuss the rising trend in COVID-19 cases in Arizona. Humble is the current director of the Arizona Public Health Association and former director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, preceding the current director Dr. Cara Christ. Slavitt is the former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under former President Barack Obama and the current host of the podcast "In the Bubble."

Arizona athletic department prepares for reentry process starting on June 15

06/11/2020 8:10pm

The University of Arizona athletic department is preparing to bring its student-athletes back to campus beginning on June 15. UA athletic director Dave Heeke and Dr. Stephen Paul of C.A.T.S. Medical Services held a virtual press conference on Thursday where they laid out the universities’ reentry plan for its student-athletes.

UA research team identifies compounds as antiviral agents for SARS-CoV-2

06/10/2020 2:18am

As confirmed COVID-19 cases quickly approach 7.4 million, a group of University of Arizona researchers is giving the public something to be optimistic about. Jun Wang, an assistant professor in the UA's College of Pharmacy’s Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, along with his lab team — Chunlong Ma, Yanmei Hu and undergraduate student Tommy Szeto — have identified compounds that block the viral replication of SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen responsible for causing COVID-19.

Arizona sees increased ICU usage, upward trend of COVID-19 cases

06/10/2020 2:13am

This week, the state of Arizona reached a grim milestone of 1,000 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 shortly after the nation passed 100,000 confirmed deaths the week before. After a glimmer of hope of partial reopenings surged across every state, Arizona is now seeing an increased number of ventilators being used, an upward trend of cases and intensive care unit numbers on the rise as well.

Antibody testing in Pima County underway

06/02/2020 7:44pm

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grow around the nation, the University of Arizona is taking drastic steps in order to increase testing and keep Arizona’s general public as safe as possible.

Arizona sees record-high increase in number of COVID-19 cases

06/02/2020 7:35pm

Restaurants and bars are packed, school is over and summer break recently started. It couldn't have aligned any better. Gov. Doug Ducey recently lifted stay-at-home orders for Arizona on May 15, and nearly two weeks later, the state has seen a trend of rising cases of COVID-19.