Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; Banner Health, Phoenix Children’s expanding; PHX Startup Week coming in April

March 18, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

The Navajo Nation has a death rate from COVID-19 that is three times higher than Arizona’s, but today cases have dramatically dropped and vaccination rates are outpacing the state. Arizona is seeing more cases that carry the B.1.1.7 variant first spotted in the U.K., and three cases of the P.1 variant first detected in Brazil were identified in Yuma. Meanwhile, TGen scientists are recruiting dogs and cats for their latest study on COVID-19 to learn more about how the coronavirus transmits between people and animals.

The Navajo Nation took a hard stance against COVID-19; experts say it worked / KJZZ

Arizona reports 3 cases of more transmissible COVID-19 variant first detected in Brazil / Arizona Republic

Arizona sees increase in more transmissible COVID-19 variant / KJZZ

State officials confident they can meet Biden’s May 1 vaccine deadline / Cronkite News

The path to boosting COVID-19 vaccination rates is riddled with pitfalls. Here’s why / KJZZ

When temperatures rise, State Farm Stadium will convert to an overnight only vaccine site /Arizona Republic

Phoenix among U.S. sites for Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine trials on kids / Cronkite News

TGen recruits pet owners for COVID study / KNAU

Daily COVID-19 cases in Arizona drop 52% from February numbers / AZ Big Media

American Cancer Society says routine cancer screenings dramatically dropped in 2020 / KOLD

COVID-19 in Arizona exposed health inequality. Will the new awareness prompt long-term changes? / Arizona Republic

Health care in Arizona won’t be the same post-COVID-19. Here are 7 things to watch for / Arizona Republic

Scottsdale company finds success in meeting global demand for personal protective equipment / Arizona Republic

Banner Health breaks ground on major $243M East Valley expansion / Phoenix Business Journal

Banner Health has broken ground on a $243 million expansion of its Banner Gateway Medical Center campus in Gilbert that will include a new five-story tower and expanded Diagnostics and Treatment building and emergency department.

West Valley to get new freestanding pediatric emergency department / Phoenix Business Journal

Phoenix Children’s is making plans to add a freestanding emergency department in the West Valley, investing $33.5 million to expand its existing Southwest Valley Specialty and Urgent Care Center in Avondale.

Phoenix Startup Week 2021: New virtual format and partnerships mean a full month of events / Phoenix Business Journal

The Arizona Commerce Authority, Startup Tucson, Moonshot at NACET in Flagstaff, Local First Arizona and PHX Startup Week have banded together as Startup Together AZ to engage entrepreneurs from all sectors and regions of the state throughout the month of April.

Birth control for roof rats could slow the spread of destructive pests / Arizona Republic

ContraPest, a product made by Arizona company SenesTech, is a liquid substance that renders both male and female rats infertile and is being used to help control the roof rat population.

Our View: SkySong’s success creates new model for economic development / Phoenix Business Journal (Op-ed)

Sharon Harper, chairman and CEO of Peoria-based Plaza Companies, and Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University, write about the impact SkySong is having on the regional economy today and the expectation for the future.

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