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Vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds draw big crowds in Hermosillo
Vaccinations for kids ages 5 to 11 started in Sonora and across Mexico on Monday, drawing big crowds. In Sonora, state authorities hope to eventually vaccinate some 250,000 young people in that age range.
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
AZ health department changes COVID-19 data dashboard
Arizona’s health department released its first weekly COVID-19 data report Wednesday. Before now, the Arizona Department of Health Services had been providing daily updates about new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths, but the department last month announced it would change its approach.
March 2, 2022
Flagstaff votes to end indoor mask requirement
Flagstaff City Council announced Wednesday that masks will not be required inside its buildings as of Monday, March 7.
March 2, 2022
Navajo Nation keeps its mask mandate in place
As states around the country drop their mask mandates, the Navajo Nation plans to keep its requirement in place.
March 2, 2022
Through September 2021, deaths up 50% in Mexico during pandemic
Neighboring Sonora had roughly 14,000 excess deaths over the same period, for an excess mortality rate slightly below the national figure of over 50%.
March 1, 2022
New CDC masking guidance doesnt apply to long-term care facilities
Less than two months ago, long-term care facilities were on the brink due to the spike in omicron infections. Now, the CDC is saying the majority of Americans don’t need to wear masks in many indoor settings, including schools. But that guidance does not include nursing homes.
March 1, 2022
UA Health Sciences unveils consortium to create pandemic-free future
A new initiative from the University of Arizona Health Sciences seeks to unite global experts from universities, government agencies, nonprofits and industry to develop solutions to future pandemics.
March 1, 2022
Bill would require severance pay if AZ employers fire unvaccinated workers
Arizonans fired from their jobs for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 could end up with the company having to continue to pay them for a year.
March 1, 2022
Pandemic didnt stop this blind mountaineer from exploring
The last couple of years have been a challenge for lots of people. And for some populations, those challenges have included things that many of us wouldn’t think about.
March 1, 2022
Boosters shots for Sonorans 18 and older rolling out this week
Nearly 90% of Sonorans 18 and older have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
Feb. 28, 2022
Flagstaff district drops mask mandate early due to updated CDC guidelines
Flagstaff Unified School District voted Monday to end its mask mandate after the CDC updated its mask recommendation guidelines last week. The new guidelines say that Coconino County is a “medium” transmission level.
Feb. 28, 2022
Preschool working to protect kids from COVID-19
There is one group of people who still can’t get vaccinated against COVID-19: kids under 5 years old. And though they’re unlikely to get very ill from COVID-19, preschool director Joanie Charnow says she’s doing everything she can to keep them safe.
Feb. 28, 2022
CDC: Many healthy Americans can take break from masks
Most Americans live in places where healthy people, including students in schools, can safely take a break from wearing masks under new U.S. guidelines released Friday. But some believe the new CDC mandates may be too soon.
Feb. 25, 2022
Valley Youth Theatre brings kids pandemic stories to the stage
Valley Youth Theatre’s new production explores the challenges kids have faced over the past two years. Arizona kids wrote and star in the pandemic-themed play.
More Arizona arts, entertainment news
Feb. 25, 2022
Phoenix Childrens Hospital sees fewer kids with COVID
Parents of kids younger than 5 are still waiting for a COVID-19 vaccine to be approved. And over at Phoenix Children's Hospital, young COVID patients continue to be seen, but not the extent that earlier months saw.
Feb. 23, 2022
Strained AZ hospitals begin to see signs of improvement
Health care facilities are likely to be busy for a long time to come. But for the first time in more than six months, the ICU bed occupancy rate in Arizona’s hospitals has dropped below 90%.
Feb. 22, 2022
UA president cautiously optimistic about future of the pandemic
University of Arizona President Robert Robbins says he is “cautiously optimistic” about the future of the pandemic.
Feb. 21, 2022
How a pediatrician is trying to convince parents to vaccinate their young kids
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, as of last week, about 29% of kids ages 5-11 have received a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, and that includes some parents who have gotten vaccinated themselves. The Show spoke with Phoenix pediatrician Dr. Gary Kirkilas about his efforts to convince parents to vaccinate their kids.
Feb. 21, 2022
Northern Arizona Healthcare offering monoclonal antibody outpatient COVID treatment
Northern Arizona Healthcare began offering outpatient monoclonal antibody treatments this month, available for those with a high risk of developing severe Covid-19 symptoms.
Feb. 20, 2022
Will Humble thinks its time to loosen some mask rules
Will Humble, the executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association and former state health director, joined The Show to discuss whether mask requirements should be a thing of the past and where the state should go from here.
Feb. 17, 2022