Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona; Science, tech leaders honored; New venture capital deals

November 5, 2020

By Matt Ellsworth

The number of daily COVID-19 cases in Arizona hit a 3-month high as health experts warn about the growing percentage of positive tests and upcoming holiday celebrations. Hospitals worry conditions in Arizona are likely to get worse and are making plans for staffing and reopening select respiratory cohort units. A young Tempe mother survived her four-month hospital stay thanks to ECMO —extracorporeal membrane oxygenation—which works like an artificial lung.

Officials: COVID-19 keeps coming for Arizona, and the death toll could be ‘staggering’ / Cronkite News

COVID-19 cases in Arizona hit 3-month high / AZ Big Media

Banner Health official: Model shows ‘difficult times’ ahead / ABC 15

‘A storm is ahead of us’: Ducey warns public of rise in COVID-19, but doesn’t impose new preventive measures / Arizona Republic

Banner reopens select respiratory units amid rising coronavirus cases / KTAR

UA worried about increases in COVID-19 cases nationally, preparing for virus testing blitz / Arizona Daily Star

Active cases of COVID-19 within ASU community increase slightly / State Press

‘Against all odds’: Tempe mom, 31, spent more than 4 months hospitalized for COVID-19 / Arizona Republic

Governor’s 2020 Celebration of Innovation Awards honors Arizona’s science, tech leaders / Phoenix Business Journal

The 17th annual Governor’s Celebration of Innovation Awards honored the people and organizations driving the growth of tech and science innovation in Arizona, including startups, executives, lawmakers, universities and STEM students and teachers. Read more:  Here are the winners of the Governors Celebration of Innovation Awards

Arizona venture capital deals up slightly in Q3, but investment totals are down / Phoenix Business Journal

Arizona had 25 venture deals in the third quarter including biotech firms, according to a report that stated the COVID-19 pandemic has increased investment into pharmaceutical and biotech startups and telemedicine innovators.

Banner Health opens hospital in Chandler, first new one since 2010 / KTAR

Banner Health opened Banner Ocotillo Medical Center in Chandler—the company’s first new hospital in Arizona since 2010—that offers services such as emergency care, intensive care, and women and infant services, including labor and delivery. Read more: Banner Ocotillo Medical Center opens in Chandler

Texas development group eyes Arizona to build 6 hospitals / Phoenix Business Journal

Dallas-based Exceptional Healthcare Inc. will invest $150 million to develop six hospitals in Arizona, starting with what will be the first hospital to be built in the city of Maricopa with construction starting later this month.

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