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CDC: COVID-19 boosters offer added protection, even against newer subvariants
Despite recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizonans — including many long-term care staff and residents — are largely skipping the COVID-19 bivalent booster. But the shot does provide extra protection, even against some of the latest variants.
Navajo Nations mask mandate saved lives — and may have cost the president his job
The Navajo Nation was one of the hardest hit places in the country during the worst parts of the COVID-19 pandemic. To get it under control, former President Jonathan Nez clamped down hard.
Jan. 25, 2023
Navajo Nation rescinds COVID-19 mask mandate
The Navajo Nation has rescinded a mask mandate that's been in effect since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Friday, fulfilling a pledge that new tribal President Buu Nygren made while campaigning for the office.
Jan. 21, 2023
Arizona COVID-19 cases are down, but a new variant is on its way
The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 2,751 cases this week, after more than 7,300 last week. But at the same time, the number of deaths reported in the state remains fairly high: 128 this week and 192 last week.
Jan. 19, 2023
Kraken, a new COVID-19 variant, is spreading across U.S.
Another COVID-19 variant is lurking in the U.S., and spreading even faster than its counterparts.
Jan. 13, 2023
Will COVID-19 XBB.1.5 variant gain dominance in AZ?
An extremely contagious COVID-19 omicron sub-variant known as XBB.1.5 has been gaining dominance on the East Coast. A few cases have turned up in Arizona recently, too.
Jan. 11, 2023
Op-ed calls Biden biodefense plan ‘necessary but not sufficient’
In October, the Biden administration issued its National Biodefense Strategy for countering biological threats ranging from natural pandemics to lab accidents and bioterror attacks. A recent op-ed in JAMA Health Forum says it doesn’t go far enough.
Jan. 5, 2023
AZ reports slight uptick in COVID-19 cases after 3 weeks of declines
Influenza and RSV cases have been dropping in Arizona after massive surges in the fall. COVID-19 cases have also been trending down in Arizona, but the state health department reported a slight uptick this week.
Jan. 4, 2023
AZ man sentenced for selling fake N95s early in pandemic
An Arizona man is facing probation and fines for distributing fake N95 masks to a medical center in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jan. 3, 2023
Ballet Arizona receives $600,000 in pandemic aid funds
Ballet Arizona was awarded $600,000 dollars from Gov. Doug Ducey’s office as a part of the American Rescue Plan Act to help overcome financial burdens it experienced during the pandemic..
Dec. 30, 2022
COVID-19 cases continue to decline; deaths are up
COVID-19 cases continue to decline in Arizona as the state health department added 4,973 cases in weekly numbers Wednesday morning. Deaths from the virus have gone up however.
Dec. 28, 2022
Arizona now has the highest COVID-19 death rate of any state
Arizona has surpassed Mississippi to become the state with the highest per capita death toll from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dec. 26, 2022
Research preprints skip peer reviews to get new info out faster. But are they reliable?
The need for faster publication of findings sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic increased the acceptance of research published in preprint services like medRxiv. But how reliable are they? A new study tried to find out.
Dec. 26, 2022
Expect high COVID-19 vaccine costs when federal support ends
Arizona currently lags the nation’s already low 14% booster rate and faces one of this winter’s worst COVID-19 outbreaks. Now, an editorial in the journal JAMA Health Forum warns of an impending condition looming in the new year: sticker shock.
Dec. 22, 2022
AZ reports lowest number of COVID-19 cases in 5 weeks
The Arizona Department of Health Services added 8,281 COVID-19 cases in its weekly update Wednesday — that's the lowest count in five weeks. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have downgraded the COVID-19 community levels for much of the state.
Dec. 21, 2022
Why are seniors skipping the updated COVID-19 booster?
Why are some older adults who got the first series of COVID-19 vaccines skipping the updated booster? As KJZZ reported last week, even in nursing homes, where residents were hit hard by the virus, there seems to be little desire to get this latest shot.
Dec. 20, 2022
How Valleywise is handling the tripledemic influx of sick kids
Kids are more likely to get seriously sick from the flu, RSV and COVID-19, all of which are seeing skyrocketing rates right now. So what does an influx of sick kids look like on the frontlines?
Dec. 19, 2022
Long COVID-19 death toll reached 3,500 in first 30 months of the pandemic
A new report from the National Center for Health Statistics says more than 3,500 people in the U.S. died from long COVID-19 in the pandemic’s first 30 months compared to more than 1 million deaths from initial COVID-19 infection. That number is likely low.
More Arizona science news
Dec. 15, 2022
The pandemic showed how broken the childcare system is
The "tripledemic" is taking its toll on workplaces and childcare centers alike. And that's creating some major frustrations for American parents who lack paid sick leave.
Dec. 15, 2022
What you need to know about COVID-19 and POTS
Experts have previously linked COVID-19 infection to a debilitating condition called POTS, which causes symptoms like dizziness, palpitations and elevated heart rate when standing up. Less clear was the association between POTS and COVID-19 vaccines. A new study offers some clues.
Dec. 14, 2022
Arizonas COVID-19 outbreak is the among worst in the U.S., but not as bad as last winter
Arizona’s health department reported 11,550 new COVID-19 cases in its weekly update Wednesday. That’s a decrease from last week, but the state's outbreak remains among the worst in the country.
More Arizona politics news
Dec. 14, 2022

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