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

Premed in a pandemic: The student perspective of applying to medical school in the age of COVID-19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the healthcare system has been strained to its limits as it attempts to accommodate a rapid influx of patients. Many hospitals are at capacity [find link] and facing issues related to understaffing. Meanwhile a record number of pre-medical students submitted applications this year, hoping to one day join the medical field.  Read more

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.

Reentry update: Task force discusses university vaccine distribution plans, increasing statewide COVID-19 numbers

01/13/2021 5:13pm

The University of Arizona’s COVID-19 reentry task force met Monday for the second briefing of the spring semester. The force discussed procedures for the first week of the spring semester and increasingly grim COVID-19 data. University President Dr. Robert C. Robbins reiterated his announcement from last week that the UA will begin the spring semester in Phase 1 of the reentry protocol, which permits only “essential” classes of 50 or less to meet in person.

The power of listening: Three perspectives from the deaf community

12/27/2020 2:22pm

According to the World Health Organization, 466 million people in the world live with deafness, more than 5% of the world’s population. A consequence of being a minority is often they are misrepresented in the mainstream. What the deaf want to make clear, however, is that they are unashamed of who they are. 

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.

What 2020 has taught us

12/14/2020 2:00pm

Looking back on this year, it is undeniable that people now are living through historical moments that will be recognized generation after generation. During 2020, major events such as the outbreak of COVID-19 and the months of confusion and quarantine that surrounded it have greatly affected the people and life all across the globe. University of Arizona students look back now, reflecting on the impact 2020 had on their lives.  

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.

How more time at home has sparked new interests for UA students

01/01/2021 5:19pm

When spending more time at home, students may feel the pressures of becoming isolated from the world around them and detached from their usual lifestyles. In order to combat these rising frustrations, students have been looking for new and adaptive ways to keep themselves busy during the extra time they are now presented with. This has led to the inspiration of a variety of new hobbies and interests for some University of Arizona students. 

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.

What you need to know about the Tucson curfew

12/05/2020 1:03pm

Tucson City Council passed an emergency curfew in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, starting Friday Dec. 4 and will continue until Dec. 23. The curfew is in place during the hours from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.  During the curfew hours, all persons are prohibited from using, standing, sitting, traveling, or being present on any public street or in any public place, including for the purpose of travel.