Arizona Bioscience News: COVID-19 in Arizona, UArizona Cancer Center’s $3M grant; AZTechBase launches

August 20, 2020

By Matt Ellsworth

A Mayo Clinic observational study found that treating COVID-19 patients with blood plasma from those who have recovered could reduce the death rate by 20 to 50%. A clinical trial of the Oxford vaccine begins in central Phoenix, providing hope for the future. While testing expands and the state’s trends continue to improve, Arizona’s universities are taking precautionary measures to limit the spread on their campuses. The University of Arizona is encouraging students to use the COVID Watch app that will allow users to anonymously share their positive results with close contacts.

Mayo Clinic study suggests plasma treatment reduces COVID-19 deaths / Arizona Republic

Trials of ‘leading’ COVID-19 vaccine candidate begin at Bayless Integrated Healthcare / Arizona Republic

What is Arizona’s COVID-19 positivity rate? That’s harder to answer than you might think / KJZZ

Arizona close to meeting virus metrics for school reopenings / ABC News

Expert warns it’s too soon to open bars, relax precautions / KJZZ

With students returning to Arizona’s colleges, some will get sick. Here’s what happens when they do / Arizona Republic

As students return to Arizona universities, schools expand telehealth care / Arizona Republic

In-person classes begin at ASU despite pandemic / Arizona Republic

University of Arizona reports 9 COVID-19 cases before beginning of semester / KJZZ

UArizona and Covid Watch launch exposure notification app to track COVID-19 / KOLD

Arizona isn’t using all its data to calculate state’s percentage of positive COVID-19 tests. Here’s why / Arizona Republic

Phoenix launches COVID-19 testing van for underserved communities / KTAR

Sonora Quest pulls out all stops to put Arizona in front of COVID-19 testing / AZ Big Media

Delays in cancer screenings like mammograms could lead to uptick in deaths / KJZZ

Hospitals prepare for wave of patients as flu season approaches amid pandemic /

Health officials urge public to get flu shot during COVID-19 / KOLD

UA receives grant to improve access to cancer screenings in Indigenous communities / Arizona Public Media

The University of Arizona Cancer Center received a $3 million federal grant to continue working with Indigenous communities to remove barriers around screenings for colorectal cancer, the second-most diagnosed cancer and the third-most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S.

My View: AZTechBase offers new way to stay connected / Phoenix Business Journal (Op-ed) The Arizona Technology Council recently unveiled a new online database of tech companies—AZTechBase—to further elevate Arizona’s technology ecosystem by providing accurate, current datasets and making the data easily accessible to the community.

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