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UA Emergency Medical Services receives new station from CAPLA

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.  Read more

Arizona sees a shortage of healthcare workers amidst rising cases

Arizona, and the U.S. as a whole, saw a few record-setting days this week, not only in terms of confirmed cases and deaths but also looking at ICU bed capacity. Vice President Mike Pence, among other White House officials, paid a visit to Arizona to discuss the issues related to COVID-19 with the state. Gov. Ducey asked Pence and Washington for 500 more healthcare workers due to shortages around the state. Read more

UA startup Botanisol Analytics won $1.5 million contract

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. Read more

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

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. Read more

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

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. Read more

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

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? Read more