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

COVID-19 complicates efforts against domestic violence

Every minute, 20 people suffer physical abuse from their partners according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. The pandemic may have slowed economic trends, but unfortunately the domestic violence clock ticks on. Most concerning are the effects social distancing and quarantine measures have had on victim outreach rates.  Read more

EDITORIAL: Cancelling Spring Break was not the right move

10/22/2020 11:41pm

On Oct. 14, Provost Liesl Folks sent an email officially cancelling Spring Break for the 2021 spring semester. Citing efforts to “limit the spread of COVID-19,” the university replaced the week-long break with a series of five reading days spread out throughout the semester, with one in February, two in March and two in April, with only March 9 and 10 being on consecutive days. This development has sparked the Opinions Board at the Daily Wildcat to put together a statement on not only the Spring Break decision, but also health in the time of online school in general. 

Antiviral drug remdesivir becomes first approved treatment for COVID-19

10/22/2020 5:56pm

On Thursday, Oct. 22, the antiviral drug, remdesivir, received a full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, making it the first official and approved treatment for COVID-19. The drug, sold under the brand name Veklury, has been used under an emergency use authorization which was issued back in May.

Tohono O'odham Nation donates money to Arizona universities for COVID-19 research

10/20/2020 4:15pm

With cases of COVID-19 on the rise in virtually every part of the nation, minority groups, namely Native Americans, continue to face disproportionately higher rates of severe infections and deaths due to COVID-19. In Arizona, Native Americans comprise just 5% of the state's population, yet makeup 11% of known deaths due to the coronavirus.

Spring break canceled for 2020-21 academic year

10/15/2020 10:18am

 The Office of Provost sent out an official email Wednesday announcing that spring break 2021 is cancelled.  The 2021 spring break will be replaced with a series of reading days spread throughout the spring semester, on Feb. 25, March 9, March 10, April 2 and April 21.  “This adjustment to the Academic Calendar is a necessary component of our ongoing commitment to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the Tucson community and across the nation by reducing travel by faculty, staff, and students," said Provost Liesl Folks in an email.

UA Webinar examines US-China relations since COVID-19

10/14/2020 11:47am

Every year, thousands of international students come to the U.S. to get an education. Chinese students comprise the largest international student group in the United States and at the University of Arizona. With the U.S. and China placing the first two places in the world economic leading, these two countries interact with each other regularly on an international scale.

What the university is doing to protect UA essential workers

10/13/2020 3:57pm

The ever-resilient University of Arizona essential workers have risen to the challenge and become the unsung heroes in the university's stand against COVID-19.  The University of Arizona’s Facilities Management and Student Unions have a combined staff of nearly 1,000 full-time essential workers who work diligently for the good of the campus community despite the risks posed to themselves in this pandemic.  The university has in turn set up comprehensive protections and procedures to keep these essential employees safe, and thus far, these protections have yielded positive results. 

UA professors' outlooks on online STEM education six weeks into fall semester

10/09/2020 8:19pm

 Zoom is known globally as the go-to website for online schooling. Although it has made teaching accessible to millions of students, there is no doubt that the company has had its issues. Three University of Arizona professors have varying levels of frustration when it comes to teaching via Zoom. On a scale from one to 10, 10 being the most frustrated with Zoom, the professors' answers varied from three to 10 to even saying that it depends on the day. 

Infection, isolation, confusion and resilience: The impact of COVID-19 on group homes for people with developmental disabilities

10/02/2020 9:49am

Group homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been one of the hardest hit by this pandemic. The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities defines intellectual disability as “a disability characterized by significant limitations in both intellectual functioning and in adaptive behavior, which covers many everyday social and practical skills.”