Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona

July 9, 2020

By Matt Ellsworth

Arizona remains one of the country’s hotspots for COVID-19 cases with inpatient hospitalizations and ventilator use setting new records, and test results taking several days or weeks. On the positive side, the University of Arizona startup Botanisol Analytics is working on a machine that shoots a laser light at a sample to detect its molecular makeup that could be used to detect the new coronavirus. Flagstaff-based Poba Medical will be making 10,000 testing kits per month for TGen. And Arizona State University plans to open testing sites to expand availability of its saliva-based test.

Arizona reports more than 4,000 new COVID-19 cases and 75 new deaths as hospitalizations hover at high levels / Arizona Republic

ASU official calls state’s coronavirus case growth ‘unsustainable’ / Phoenix Business Journal

COVID-19 in Arizona: State leads U.S. in growth of new cases, analysis says / Cronkite News

Available ICU beds in Pima County dwindle as COVID-19 cases spike in Arizona / KOLD

COVID-19 patients in Tucson being transferred to Phoenix, out of state / Arizona Daily Star

It takes weeks to get COVID-19 test results in Arizona. That makes it harder to control the spread / Arizona Republic

Science fiction or real life? Arizona company wants to use lasers to detect coronavirus / Arizona Republic

TGen partners with Flagstaff company to make more COVID-19 tests / KJZZ

ASU researchers develop cheaper, faster saliva test for COVID-19 / KTAR

Pima County partners with ASU Biodesign Institute to expand on local COVID-19 testing / KGUN

Strain of COVID-19 that may spread more, be less deadly linked to most of Arizona’s cases / 12 News

A second wave could mean better survival rates for coronavirus patients / Newsweek

Free coronavirus test program in south Phoenix extended into August / KTAR

Latino, Black neighborhoods struggle with test disparities / Associated Press

Weekly update on the science of COVID-19: Public health and social justice / KNAU

As COVID-19 rages, crisis plans could decide who gets critical care / Arizona Daily Star

As COVID-19 escalates, Arizona hospitals want state to waive some patient protections / Arizona Republic

Tech Launch Arizona tackling COVID-19 with innovations targeting infections / Inside Tucson Business

Isolated and Depressed: Some long-term care residents are losing the will to live / KJZZ

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute now open in Tucson / AZ Big Media

Banner Alzheimer’s Institute has expanded its services to southern Arizona with the opening of the Toole Family Memory Center, a new 10,000-square-foot comprehensive care facility in Tucson.

An optimist takes the helm at the National Science Foundation / Science

Sethuraman “Panch” Panchanathan, an Arizona State University executive and researcher, is the new director of the National Science Foundation.

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