Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; HonorHealth opens new hospital; Bio firm selects UArizona Center for Innovation

September 3, 2020

By Chris Farrington

University of Arizona researchers testing wastewater from a dorm discovered an increased concentration of COVID-19, which led to the identification of two cases of asymptomatic students and possibly prevented an outbreak. An increase in antibody testing to determine exposure to the coronavirus is planned by Maricopa County, in partnership with Arizona State University and Mayo Clinic, while the UArizona antibody test has been authorized for use by the FDA. This increased testing and monitoring is occurring as universities reopen, more school districts are planning a return to the classroom, and worries grow about COVID-19 overlapping with flu season.


University of Arizona’s wastewater testing halts potential surge in COVID-19 cases at dorm / Arizona Daily Star


UA wastewater testing finds COVID-19 cases in dorm / Arizona Public Media


Maricopa County launches antibody test survey to estimate COVID-19 infections / Arizona Republic


FDA authorizes use of UArizona COVID-19 antibody test / AZ Big Media


Accelerate partners to offer COVID-19 antibody test / Arizona Daily Star


As Arizona scientists work on COVID-19 vaccine, concerns grow among medical experts / azfamily.com


‘It has never been more important to get a flu shot,’ Gov. Doug Ducey says / Arizona Republic


What happens when flu collides with COVID-19? Nobody knows for sure / KJZZ


Health officials: Arizona schools in Maricopa and Pima counties can reopen for in-person classes / Arizona Republic


COVID-19 numbers rise at universities in Arizona / azfamily.com


University presidents present COVID-19 update to League of Arizona Cities and Towns / KJZZ


In-person instruction begins at NAU after starting classes virtually / KJZZ


ASU experts concerned about coronavirus spike after Labor Day / KTAR


Maricopa County passes 1,000 COVID-19 deaths in long-term care facilities / Arizona Republic


Jonathan Nez leads Navajo Nation members during COVID-19 pandemic / Arizona Republic


Arizona summer camp transforms to experimental college campus as COVID-19 forces universities online / Arizona Republic


David Krietor named first executive director of Phoenix Biomedical Campus / Phoenix Business Journal

The Phoenix Biomedical Campus has selected David Krietor, former president and CEO of Downtown Phoenix Inc., as its first executive director to take the fast-growing 15-year-old campus to a new level of growth.


Nanomoneo establishes biotech operation in Tucson / AZ Big Media

The newly formed biotechnology instrument company has selected the University of Arizona Center for Innovation in Tucson for its new applied research operation.


HonorHealth opens Sonoran Crossing Medical Center / AZ Big Media

HonorHealth will open its sixth hospital, Sonoran Crossing Medical Center, in north Phoenix in mid-September—a 210,000-square-foot facility with 70 inpatient beds.  


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