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UA likely to roll back COVID mask mandate next week

The University of Arizona will likely rescind its COVID-19 mask mandate, but the shift hinges on a continued decline in new cases on campus as students and staff return from spring break.... Read more»

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UA 'cautiously optimistic' COVID cases will decline, but masks still required on campus

While officials are "cautiously optimistic" about the decrease in the COVID-19 cases over the last few weeks, the University of Arizona will maintain its mask mandate on campus and continue to push for vaccinations and testing.... Read more»

UA's Robbins, Carmona push vaccines to stem spiralling COVID pandemic

As the state continues to endure record levels of new infections driven by the Omicron variant, University of Arizona officials continued to press vaccinations and masking as a bulwark against continued spread. "The vaccine is just an incredible gift that we've been given," said UA President Robbins. ... Read more»

Arizona hospital CEO warns of staff shortages during 'exponential increase' in COVID-19 infections

Arizona hospitals are facing an "exponential increase" in COVID-19 cases and a shortage of health care workers driven by the Omicron variant, and doctors are warning that hospitals are at the "brink of collapse."... Read more»

UA will rely on tests, masks to slow spread of COVID-19 as classes begin this week

The University of Arizona will press forward with in-person classes beginning Wednesday despite the rise in COVID-19 cases throughout Arizona caused by the Omicron variant, officials said Monday. ... Read more»

New federal data shows UA ranked 35th in research funding

The University of Arizona conducted more than $761 million in research during Fiscal Year 2020, ranking in the top 4 percent of all colleges and universities.... Read more»

Az hospitals will operate beyond capacity through Jan., COVID treatment in short supply

The head of Banner Health Network, which operates dozens of hospitals in Arizona, continued to warn that health care providers are operating beyond their capacity, and will do so even without the Omicron variant, which has made one treatment far less effective, even as a new treatment becomes available. ... Read more»

Arizona hospitals at 'max capacity' & nearing 'crisis standards' because of new COVID cases

Arizona hospitals are operating beyond capacity because of new COVID cases, and may be forced to use "crisis standards" to ration treatments, a Banner Health leader said. "You do not want us to get there." ... Read more»

UA president urges people to test, get COVID shots as precaution against Omicron variant

As the University of Arizona braces for the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 and cases continue to rise in Pima County, UA President Robbins pressed students and employees to get vaccinated, seek out testing, and continue to follow good public health practices.... Read more»

UA alum, entrepreneur donates $50 million to College of Pharmacy

Entrepreneur and University of Arizona College of Pharmacy alumnus R. Ken Coit has committed $50 million through his family foundation to fund new endowed chairs and additional research at his old institution.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

UA's newest Top 100 worldwide ranking is great news and a little B.S.

The University of Arizona is trending upward in national rankings and the latest by U.S. News and World Report shows the school isn't backsliding.... Read more»1

UA, other Arizona universities will require workers to have COVID shots by Dec. 8

Arizona's three state universities will require all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to comply with new federal guidelines, officials announced Friday. The deadline for employees to submit proof of vaccination, or to receive a religious or disability accommodation, is Dec. 8.... Read more»

As Arizona college classes start, staff union sues to uphold mask mandates

As classes began at the University of Arizona on Monday, a union representing school employees is joining a lawsuit over the state law that undercuts mask mandates at the state's three public universities. ... Read more»

Pima College requires COVID masks on campus, joining Arizona's universities

Pima Community College will require face-coverings on campus in most indoor spaces starting next week, joining the University of Arizona and the state's other public universities in challenging a new law meant to block any mask mandates. ... Read more»

Update: UA follows ASU in requiring COVID masks in classrooms despite Arizona law

The University of Arizona joined ASU on Wednesday in announcing that face-coverings will be required on university campuses, in a challenge to a new state law meant to block any mask mandates.... Read more»1

UA won't challenge Arizona law blocking mask & vaccine mandates

Hamstrung by a new law that blocks the state's universities from mandating masks and vaccinations, the University of Arizona will rely on a "layered approach," including voluntary testing, and quarantine dorms to mitigate the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19. ... Read more»

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