Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; Mayo Clinic’s Phoenix expansion; Valleywise Health milestone

March 4, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

The Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix is testing positive cases of COVID-19 in Arizona to identify and alert public health authorities and vaccine manufacturers about any mutations of the virus as the variant first found in California is slowly spreading in the state. Meanwhile, the eligible age to receive a vaccine has dropped as universities and health groups prepare to bring the vaccine to rural and underserved urban areas hit hard by the coronavirus.

Scientists say newly detected coronavirus variants warrants more research, not panic / Arizona Republic

TGen: Arizona could become world leader in COVID-19 mutation tracking / ABC 15

Scientists expect California COVID-19 variant to become dominant in Arizona / 12 News

Arizona releases timeline for age-based COVID-19 vaccine prioritization / KTAR

Arizona’s top health official: 3rd vaccine a ‘game changer’ / Arizona Daily Star

HonorHealth closes COVID-19 vaccine site, will transition to offering shots at clinics / Arizona Republic

Ducey orders schools to offer in-person classes; ASU expert urges caution about lifting mask rules / Phoenix Business Journal

ASU offering COVID-19 testing, other resources to staff at Arizona schools / KTAR

UA wants rural COVID-19 vaccines / Arizona Public Media

Test run for COVID-19 vaccine ‘micropod’ at south Phoenix park provides test, flu shot, food and more / ABC 15

Not all health care workers in Arizona are opting to get a COVID-19 vaccine / Arizona Republic

COVID-19 survivor gets second chance at life after lung transplant in Phoenix /  

ASU reports fewer than 100 active COVID-19 cases for the first time since October / Arizona Republic

Mayo Clinic to build $131M education and research building on Phoenix hospital campus / Phoenix Business Journal

Mayo Clinic is planning to build a $131 million education and research building on its Phoenix hospital campus—a 150,000-square-foot structure to be built next to Arizona State University’s $80 million Health Futures Center, which is open and beginning to move in staff.

Valleywise Health marks construction milestone on new $596M Phoenix hospital / Phoenix Business Journal

A new $600 million Valleywise Health 10-story hospital scheduled to open in 2023 to replace a 50-year-old structure hit a milestone with the raising of the final beam.

Creighton University set to open new Catholic medical campus in Phoenix this year / Catholic Sun

Construction on the new Creighton University Health Sciences Phoenix campus began in September 2019, and the $100 million, 180,000-square-foot campus is scheduled to open for classes this fall.

Fishy technology and Research Corporation scholarships / Inside Tucson Business

GenetiRate, a University of Arizona startup technology that measures the metabolic rate of aquatic animals, has been licensed by biotechnology company IMV Technologies.

Washington-based health care firm relocates corporate HQ to Scottsdale / Phoenix Business Journal

LifeStance, an outpatient behavioral health care provider operating more than 370 centers in 27 states, is moving its corporate headquarters to Scottsdale from Bellevue, Washington.

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