Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; $3M grant to UArizona Cancer Center; New Tucson startup competition

October 15, 2020

By Matt Ellsworth

Arizona COVID-19 cases topped 1,000 in a day for the first time since last month as part of a steady rise that has experts concerned about “exponential growth” and calling for the continuation of mask mandates. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report stated that Arizona cases dropped 75% after local mask mandates began. Through August, Arizona deaths have increased by 22% over last year. While cases are being discovered in schools, the number is declining at the three state universities. Phoenix Children’s Hospital is preparing for the impact of flu season—and how to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine.

Rising Covid cases leave Arizona ‘headed toward exponential growth,’ expert warns / Phoenix Business Journal

ASU President Michael Crow urges county to keep mask mandate in effect / KTAR

COVID-19 cases in Arizona dropped 75% after mask mandates began, report says / Arizona Republic

Amid rise in cases, CDC study shows masks cut Arizona COVID-19 cases by 75% /

COVID-19 cases rise at GCU as ASU, UA, NAU see declines / Arizona Republic

Maricopa County schools track outbreaks as reopenings continue / Arizona Republic

Coronavirus spread seen more in high schools, sports teams, data shows / ABC 15

‘A pretty lethal pandemic’: Arizona deaths have spiked 22% so far this year / Arizona Republic

UA scientists study theory that the coronavirus may briefly block pain, masking illness / Arizona Republic

‘Long-haulers’ battle COVID-19 for months, but research into why is scant / KOLD

Phoenix Children’s Hospital staff brace for flu — and prepare for COVID-19 vaccine / KJZZ

University of Arizona plans to test wastewater of off-campus housing / KOLD

ASU receives grant to bring COVID-19 testing to underserved communities / KTAR

NAU joins Coconino County’s COVID-19 contact tracing team / Arizona Daily Sun

UArizona and partners work to increase colorectal cancer screenings among American Indians / Cronkite News

The University of Arizona Cancer Center, which was recently awarded $3 million by the National Cancer Institute’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative, will mail colorectal cancer test kits to Native American residents to improve screening for the disease.

UA Center for Innovation and BIOSA collaborate on new competition for startups / Tucson Local Media

The University of Arizona Center for Innovation at Oro Valley will partner with the Bioindustry Organization of Southern Arizona to launch a competition to choose one startup that will get a fully sponsored one-year incubation program at the new center.

Arizona Science Center CEO to lead major U.S. science museum / KJZZ

Chevy Humphrey, who has served as president and CEO of the Arizona Science Center for the past 15 years, is leaving the state to become the first woman and Black American to lead the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

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