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It doesn’t mean you’re safe: Arizona doctor shares caution around COVID-19 guideline revisions
Dr. Frank LoVecchio, an emergency medicine physician with Valleywise Health, says there could be drawbacks from some people to proposed revisions in the COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC.
COVID hospitalizations are up among older adults
Over the past several weeks, health insurance giant Humana has reported an uptick in older adults being hospitalized for COVID-19. Humana mainly covers people ages 65 and older, who rank among the populations susceptible to the virus’s most serious effects.
Sept. 7, 2023
Struggling AZ students get $40 million for tutoring
Superintendent Tom Horne said the cash was taken back from other programs approved by his predecessor, Kathy Hoffman. The website to sign up goes live Sept. 15.
Sept. 5, 2023
Health data breach hits 110K Pima County residents
Last month, Maximus Health Services – a large provider of contracted services for state, local and federal governments – reported hackers had accessed the health information of 8 to 11 million people. They’ve now confirmed the breach affected about 110,000 residents of Pima County.
Aug. 31, 2023
COVID-19 numbers are on an uptick. What does it mean for the near future?
The Show spoke with Dr. Nick Staab, assistant medical director with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, about what's happening now with COVID-19 and what to expect through the fall.
Aug. 22, 2023
Experts: NIH squandered $1B in long COVID-19 funds over 2.5 years
Experts and patient advocates this week blasted the NIH for squandering research dollars provided by Congress to study long COVID-19. The criticism stems from a previously unreleased budget requested by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo and shared with several news websites.
Aug. 11, 2023
CDC says long COVID-19 rates are dropping
A multi-institution study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the portion of adults reporting long COVID-19 symptoms has dropped. It also says one in four people with the illness still report being unable to fully carry out daily activities.
Aug. 10, 2023
Barrow lands $10M ARPA grant to study COVID cognitive symptoms
Many long COVID-19 sufferers describe cognitive impairments not unlike dementia. Recently, the Arizona governor’s office awarded Barrow Neurological Institute $10 million to study possible differences and similarities between those symptoms and Alzheimer’s disease.
July 28, 2023
Arizona overpaid more than $300M in pandemic unemployment assistance
The majority of the overpayments came from administrative errors in the state Department of Economic Security.
July 24, 2023
COVID-19 delayed AZ hantavirus investigation for months
The coronavirus pandemic overwhelmed health care systems and slowed responses to other illnesses, especially respiratory viruses that resembled COVID-19.
July 12, 2023
About 1,500 recorded COVID-19 cases in Arizona each week
While coronavirus case reports no longer dominate the headlines, people in the state are still contracting the disease.
July 8, 2023
COVID-19 deaths, hospital admissions at lowest point since reporting began
COVID-19 risk remains very low nationwide. And by some measures, Arizona is now seeing some of the lowest levels of virus spread since the pandemic began more than three years ago.
June 7, 2023
Mindfulness helps some Navajo Nation members move past COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a mental health toll on almost everyone. For Native American communities, COVID was especially devastating. Life after COVID isn’t easy, and now some are turning to mindfulness practices to address compassion fatigue and burnout.
June 5, 2023
COVID-19 conspiracies continue in second day of hearings
A group of doctors known for spreading misinformation about COVID-19 spoke in a second day of special hearings at the Arizona Capitol on Friday. Speakers continued to outline a litany of conspiracy theories about the pandemic before an all-Republican committee.
May 26, 2023
COVID-19 skeptics speak in first day of special hearings at AZ Capitol
A special committee to investigate the government’s response to COVID-19 held its first day of hearings at the Arizona Capitol on Thursday. The all-Republican committee is hosting speakers known for embracing conspiracy theories and spreading misinformation about the virus.
May 25, 2023
Vaccine deniers, QAnon promoters to testify at Legislature
The Show spoke with Jerod MacDonald-Evoy, who has been reporting on a special committee meeting, on what we can expect to hear from the selected speakers.
May 25, 2023
CDC still recommends COVID-19 booster for people 65 and older
The Show spoke with Dr. Kiran Raman on the new COVID-19 booster recommended to those 65 and older and those with weakened immune systems.
May 24, 2023
WHO recommends new targets for COVID-19 boosters
COVID-19 vaccines and boosters still reduce the likelihood of serious illness and hospitalization. But they’re less effective at protecting against symptomatic COVID-19 — and at fighting the immune-evasive strains currently circulating. Now, there’s new guidance from the WHO.
May 18, 2023
Listening back to some Arizona voices from the pandemic
The Show has collected various voices of Arizonans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. These voices capture the wide range of emotions and opinions that have circulated during the past three years.
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May 12, 2023
33,000 AHCCCS members disenrolled so far
Roughly 2.5 million Arizonans rely on AHCCCS, Arizona’s Medicaid program, for their health insurance. On April 1, the agency began its redetermination process to make sure everyone still qualifies for the program.
May 11, 2023
What to expect when COVID-19 emergency declarations end May 11
COVID-19 isn’t over. But no system can stay on an emergency footing forever, and experts say the present lull is as good a time as any to switch gears. Here’s what Arizonans can expect when emergency declarations end.
May 10, 2023

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