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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

CDC estimates 40% of people infected with COVID-19 are asymptomatic

07/12/2020 8:17pm

On Saturday, July 11, the Centers for Disease Control issued new guidance saying that about 40% of people who have COVID-19 are likely asymptomatic, meaning they show or display no symptoms. The agency added that "asymptomatic cases are difficult to identify and transmission is difficult to observe and quantify."

Pac-12 joins Big-10 and ACC in conference-only schedule

07/10/2020 9:16pm

The Pac-12 announced on Friday, July 10, it will be moving to a conference-only season for several fall sports as well as delaying the start of all mandatory athletic activities until further notice. The conference still intends on playing sports in the fall.  

Recent study finds nearly half of U.S. healthcare workers suffers from insomnia

07/10/2020 10:37am

A recent study done by Sleep Standards found that 41% of U.S. healthcare workers suffer from insomnia due to stress and social and environmental disruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The research team conducted the survey in May 2020. They surveyed 1,002 healthcare workers and most reported sleeping an average of 5 hours a day during the pandemic.

University of Arizona Cancer Center promotes Joann Sweasy to director

07/13/2020 7:01pm

Joann Sweasy, Ph.D., the previous interim director of the University of Arizona Cancer Center, was recently named the director of the center, making her the first woman to hold that position, according to a press release and Megan Guthrie, the assistant director of communications and public affairs for the center.

UA Emergency Medical Services receives new station from CAPLA

07/03/2020 11:46pm

The College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture recently donated a new station to house the University of Arizona Emergency Medical Services crews between calls. UAEMS is a student-run agency of emergency medical technicians that responds to 911 medical calls on UA's campus 24/7. They have stayed staffed, responding to calls throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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?