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Largest study to date finds long COVID-19 in kids 14 and under
Children can get long COVID-19, too. But research on the topic remains spotty, consisting mainly of small studies that exclude the youngest children and lack laboratory test results and control groups.
Funds running out for COVID tests for uninsured patients
After Tuesday, the federal government will stop reimbursing providers for COVID-19 tests performed for patients who don’t have health insurance.
March 22, 2022
All of Sonora now at low coronavirus risk
That comes as all Mexican states achieve the same status for the first time during the pandemic.
March 21, 2022
Nursing homes had until March 15 to get staff vaccinated. Howd they do?
Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid said nursing home staff would have to get vaccinated by March 15. That deadline applied to 24 states including Arizona.
March 21, 2022
Masks not required at Phoenix facilities; emergency declaration stays
For two years, council meetings and other important city meetings have been held virtually, not in person. Appointments are still required to do business at City Hall and the Calvin Goode municipal building downtown but masks have not been required at city facilities since Feb. 28. That’s when Maricopa County dropped to moderate transmission levels.
March 21, 2022
Arizona car insurance rates are rising after COVID
As if spiraling gas prices weren’t enough, motorists across Arizona and the nation are paying more for auto insurance as repair costs and more crowded roads push premium rates higher.
March 20, 2022
Survey finds disconnect between employers, employees
The so-called “Great Resignation” could transition to the “Great Retention” if employers address gaps between their perceptions and employee realities, according to the University of Phoenix Career Institute.
March 18, 2022
Arts businesses rebound as patrons worry less about the pandemic
Deep into the first quarter of 2022, many businesses connected to the arts have seen a financial boost from patrons who feel the worst of the pandemic is behind us.
More Arizona arts + entertainment news
March 18, 2022
Public health expert optimistic about lull in COVID-19 cases
For many of us, COVID-19 has faded into the background. Masks are off, indoor spaces are packed. But is the roller coaster ride really over?
March 16, 2022
Crazy, scary and sad: Arizona students on what its been like being a kid through the pandemic
KJZZ interviewed six students across Arizona to learn about what life has been like for them since March 2020. They said the past two years have been a tumultuous time academically and personally. But the students say the past two years have also taught them life lessons about perseverance and gratitude.
More Arizona education news
March 16, 2022
COVID vaccination coverage higher in urban U.S. counties — except in AZ
A CDC study of COVID-19 vaccination rates shows the nationwide gap between urban and rural areas more than doubled in the past year, with urban counties beating rural counties everywhere — except in Arizona.
More Arizona Science Desk news
March 15, 2022
Some pandemic-era workplace changes are here to stay
As COVID-19 cases decline, some jobs are considering sending workers back to the office. But they’ve been here before, with plans to have employees back at their desks, only to have to scrap them as new variants emerged and cases surged.
March 14, 2022
UA will lift mask requirements in most places
With COVID-19 case rates dropping, University of Arizona is follow the CDC's guidance for masks in counties with low and medium case levels.
March 14, 2022
Study: Even mild COVID-19 can cause brain to shrink in size
A new study by a team of researchers in the U.K. found that even mild cases of COVID-19 can affect the brain. They looked at brain changes in people between the ages of 51 and 81.
March 14, 2022
Theres so many people who have lost so much: Arizonas COVID-19 death rate is 2nd-highest in U.S.
Two years since the start of the pandemic, at least one in every 263 people in Arizona has died from COVID-19. According to the CDC, that’s the second-highest death rate of any state, behind Mississippi. Some say those numbers point to policy failures.
March 9, 2022
Arizonans memorialize loved ones lost to COVID-19
Arizonans impacted by COVID-19 came together Monday to remember the tens of thousands of people who have died from the virus in the state over the past two years.
March 8, 2022
Nearly all of Sonora now at low coronavirus risk
Cases have now declined for six consecutive months, and weekly deaths are at their lowest since last June.
March 7, 2022
Pima County lifts mask mandate for government buildings
Masks will now be recommended but not required in most Pima County government buildings. The change is due to the rapidly dropping COVID case counts in Pima County.
March 7, 2022
CDC omicron study shows need for vaccines, boosters in minors
Past research shows two doses of the Pfizer vaccine provided 12- to 17-year-olds strong protection against the delta variant. But how well did the vaccine protect children and adolescents during omicron's dominance? A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study offers some clues.
March 7, 2022
Banner warns of harmful chemical in at-home COVID-19 tests
Some at-home COVID-19 antigen tests contain sodium azide, which Banner Poison Control Center warns is a potentially harmful chemical. If used correctly, there should be no direct exposure to the chemical when using at-home tests.
March 5, 2022
CDC finds high household transmission of omicron
The COVID-19 omicron variant set off a tidal wave of new infections in the U.S. that is still receding. New research by the CDC and partners in Chicago, Milwaukee, Connecticut and Utah shows substantial household spread during the surge.
March 3, 2022