Arizona Bioscience News: Delta variant; TGen finds animals with COVID-19; Tempe wastewater testing

June 24, 2021

By Matt Ellsworth

‘This pandemic is still very real in my world’: Arizonans are still dying of COVID-19 / Arizona Republic

Despite vaccinations increasing and hospitalizations, infections and deaths from COVID-19 declining in the state, Arizonans are still getting sick and dying from COVID-19.

Arizona scientists study dogs and cats infected with COVID-19 / KNAU

A Translational Genomics Research Institute study has found 11 of 38 dogs and cats that are living in households where their owners or other household contacts have recently tested positive for COVID-19 have tested positive themselves.

The Delta variant of the new coronavirus is in Arizona. Here’s what that means / Arizona Republic

The Delta variant, likely the most contagious version of the new coronavirus, is in Arizona and experts predict it will increase in prevalence among unvaccinated people here. Read more: Highly infectious Delta variant is spreading in Arizona

COVID-19 mental health impacts deepened by societal inequities / KJZZ

The toll of pandemics is often measured in hospitalizations, deaths, and lost jobs, but so much loss and instability exact a mental price, too—a cost beyond exhaustion, depression, and anxiety.

Tempe leans into wastewater analysis as fewer people seek COVID-19 tests / State Press

The city of Tempe is leaning on its wastewater testing program, a collaboration between Arizona State University Biodesign Institute and the city, to determine where COVID-19 is still prevalent.

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