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UA COVID-19 Test Tracker

Daily (7/15)
57 3 5.3%
Total (8/4)
274,434 4,382 1.6%
Includes tests since August 4, 2020
Data from https://covid19.arizona.edu/updates
Updated July 15, 2021

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.

Pools in a pandemic: 'Extra precautions' needed to reopen

06/03/2020 11:27am

The University of Arizona Student Recreation Center pool is an oasis for students looking for a cold release from triple-digit temperatures. Despite Gov. Doug Ducey lifting restrictions on gyms and apartment pools during the COVID-19 pandemic, the pool remains closed.

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities: a battleground for COVID-19

05/27/2020 6:44pm

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities: The index case of COVID-19 in the U.S. started here in the state of Washington and to date, these facilities make up a very large percentage of deaths related to COVID-19. As of May 22, roughly 42% of COVID-19 deaths across the nation have occurred in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, according to The Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity.

New task force created to prepare for fall semester

05/26/2020 3:54pm

University of Arizona President Dr. Robert C. Robbins announced at a press conference Wednesday, May 20 a new Reentry Task Force, which would help prepare for the reopening of the UA campus in fall 2020. The task force will be led by former Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona, who now works as a professor at the UA in the College of Public Health. 

Summertime sunshine: A potential link between vitamin D and COVID-19

05/19/2020 10:40pm

As pretty much every state around the nation begins to open up in phases, it can sometimes be too easy to put the past behind us and forget about the nature of the highly transmissible novel coronavirus. As of May 19, there have been over 1.5 million confirmed cases alongside 92,000 confirmed deaths in the U.S. The country as a whole has seen a downward trend in both cases and number of deaths recently, but as people start to adventure out of their homes, this trend could very easily revert back upward.

Q&A with a doctor who graduated early

05/19/2020 7:31pm

As undergraduate seniors prepare to graduate and move to a new stage of life, around 40 medical students at the Tucson and Phoenix campuses have already taken that step due to the COVID-19 crisis, according to the Arizona Daily Star.  The Daily Wildcat sat down with one of the doctors who opted to graduate early — Ricardo Ayala, who was preparing to practice medicine in Detroit, Michigan.

An editor’s timeline of COVID-19

05/13/2020 3:03pm

Thucydides attempted to record a history of the plague of Athens and, in fewer words and with more reputable sources, I attempt to do that here. I started a journal in my isolation.

Science fiction of the plague and why we need it

05/12/2020 4:16pm

In the past month, there has been a resurgence in the consumption of plague stories and apocalyptic fiction. Pandemic films like “Contagion” and Netflix’s “Outbreak” have risen to particular prominence according to Business Insider, as well as Emily St. John Mandel’s novel “Station Eleven.” Being older works, the revival of these stories during the time of COVID-19 begs the question of why people turn to such stories now. What can these stories teach us?