Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona

August 5, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

Banner Health sees 95% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations, 300% increase in ventilator usage / 12 News

Since July 1, Arizona’s largest employer and public health provider has seen COVID-19 hospitalizations increase by 95% with ventilator usage increasing by 300%, mostly among unvaccinated patients.

7 things to know about kids, COVID-19 and other circulating viruses / Arizona Republic

As the more contagious delta variant has become the dominant strain of COVID-19 in Arizona and nationally, there’s been an overall uptick in infections, including kids getting sick.

NAU launches incentive program to get students vaccinated against COVID-19 / KJZZ

Northern Arizona University is hoping to motivate students to get COVID-19 vaccines by offering prizes such as an Apple watch or season pass to Arizona Snowbowl as a part of its new “Jacks are Vaxxed” incentive program.

ASU updates guidelines to ‘strongly recommend’ masking indoors / State Press

Arizona State University has announced it will be “strongly recommending” all individuals wear face covers inside university buildings, regardless of vaccination status.

Phoenix Children’s, Sonora Quest to require COVID-19 vaccines for staff / KTAR

Two major Arizona health care providers—Phoenix Children’s and Sonora Quest Laboratories—will require staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19, joining other major health systems in Arizona. Read more: TMC Healthcare to require COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees

New Ivy Brain Tumor Center headquarters coming to downtown Phoenix / Arizona Republic

The new Ivy Brain Tumor Center at Barrow Neurological Institute headquarters will become the world’s largest translational research center dedicated to brain tumor drug development, specifically targeting glioblastoma.

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