Academics & Research

January 2021

Jan

29

All-Star Team Coordinates Vaccine Rollout

When the FDA granted emergency authorization for a COVID-19 vaccine, U of U Health had four days to receive shipments and begin inoculating thousands of frontline health care workers. Chief Medical Offer Thomas Miller, MD, describes how a team, led by epidemiologist Jeanmarie Mayer, MD, successfully rolled out a detailed vaccine plan.

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Jan

27

COVID-19 Weekly Update, January 26, 2021

We are finally beginning to see downward trends in cases, hospitalizations, and deaths caused by coronavirus infections across Utah. Between increased efforts around asymptomatic testing, masking, hand washing, physical distancing, staying home when sick, other continued public health measures, and increasing numbers of individuals being vaccinated and recovering from infections, most coronavirus metrics are now improving.

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Jan

19

COVID-19 Weekly Update, January 19, 2021

With holiday disruptions behind us, trends are coming more clearly into focus. Statewide, people testing positive for coronavirus are trending downward, which is good news because hospitalizations are trending up. Remember there is a several week lag between the time people test positive and when some of them are admitted to the hospital; there is another several week lag between hospitalizations and deaths. We hope to see improvements in all of these trends into next month.

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Jan

15

School of Medicine: 2020 Year in Review

A completely reworked admissions process; a diverse class of new medical students; tremendous growth and change in the Office of Health Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; and an expanding effort to reach rural and underserved areas of Utah made 2020 a big year in more ways than expected.

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Jan

14

A Champion of Mental Health Care

Mark H. Rapaport, MD, a nationally recognized clinician and researcher known for his interdisciplinary approach to mental health treatment and care is the inaugural CEO of Huntsman Mental Health Institute and chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the School of Medicine. He shares his hopes for the institute, dedicated on January 14, 2021.

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Jan

13

COVID-19 Weekly Update, January 12, 2021

During recent holiday periods, fluctuating decreases followed by rebounding increases characterize most metrics that describe the coronavirus pandemic in our county and state. The number of Utahns hospitalized with COVID-19 remains high, but slightly below peak levels seen last month. As statewide vaccination efforts continue, Gov. Cox released an executive order with a goal to vaccinate all health care providers, long-term care facility staff and residents, first responders, public and tribal health frontline workers, K-12 teachers and school staff, and adults older than 70 by the end of February.

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Jan

06

COVID-19 Weekly Update, January 5, 2021

While we saw downward trends for Utahns with coronavirus, statewide hospitalizations, and deaths during the latter weeks of December, we are again seeing increases in the early days of January. We must continue to track to fully understand the impact of the holiday period. With one in 64 Utahns having an active coronavirus infection, we must not let our guard down.

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