Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; Phoenix biosciences booming; New bio committee leaders

January 28, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

Arizona scientists and physicians have learned a lot since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in the state a year ago. Since that time, more than one in 10 Arizona residents has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The number of deaths increased in 2020 over 2019 with COVID-19 possibly being the leading cause of death. Researchers are now watching for new coronavirus variants in Arizona which could lead to more cases and hospitalizations.

At least 1 In 10 Arizonans has had COVID-19 / KJZZ

Arizona health leaders are worried about new coronavirus variants’ impacts on hospitalizations and the vaccine / Arizona Republic

What Arizona scientists and physicians learned in the year since the first COVID-19 case / Arizona Republic

A year after first case in Arizona, COVID-19 is now a leading killer / Cronkite News

The number of Arizona deaths in 2020 was 25% higher than in 2019, new state data shows / Arizona Republic

ASU researchers watch for more-contagious COVID-19 variant; hospitals prepare for surge /

Banner Health has started using an arthritis drug on some critically ill COVID-19 patients / Arizona Republic

COVID-19 vaccine ingredients can trigger allergic reactions, but officials say it’s rare / Arizona Republic

Arizona’s COVID-19 vaccinations going slower than expected. Here’s how Ducey plans to speed up process / Arizona Republic

NAU joins Coconino County COVID-19 vaccination efforts / Arizona Daily Sun

Vaccines, fatigue driving COVID-19 carelessness in Arizona / KJZZ

Arizona hospitals report slight improvements in COVID-19 numbers, but levels remain high / Arizona Republic

Banner Health Arizona hospitals to cautiously resume elective surgeries / KTAR

ASU, NAU, GCU see decline in new COVID-19 cases; UA rate increases but still low / Arizona Republic

Here’s how Metro Phoenix has become an innovative leader in bioscience / AZ Big Media

The Phoenix area’s growth and innovation in health care, bioscience and medical devices has created a critical mass for Phoenix that is cementing its place as a health care destination for institutions, health care professionals, patients and all business that support them.

Creighton University receives $25M gift to establish scholarship program in Phoenix, Omaha / Phoenix Business Journal

Creighton University has received a $25 million gift to establish the Arrupe Global Scholars and Partnerships Program for medical students at both the Arizona and Nebraska campuses.

Flinn Foundation announces Arizona executives to lead statewide bioscience committee / Arizona Daily Star

Eve Ross, a retired W.L. Gore & Associates executive, and former state legislator Heather Carter, executive vice president of Greater Phoenix Leadership, have been named the new leaders of Arizona’s statewide committee overseeing the advancement of the state’s bioscience ecosystem.

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