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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.
How COVID-19 is changing our ideas about the future
The future is inherently about the unknown, and the pandemic era of the past two years has accentuated that. How do we look ahead, and how much of a vision can we have when our focus so often has been on the next day or week?
Feb. 16, 2022
Pima County votes to end mask mandates after February
The Pima County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted 3-2 against a resolution that would have extend the county’s current mask mandate for a month.
Feb. 16, 2022
As omicron subsides, Navajo Nation urges caution
Many states and cities across the country have begun to relax COVID-19 safety measures as cases decline from the omicron surge. But the Navajo Nation is continuing to urge caution for its citizens.
Feb. 15, 2022
Cartoonist uses art to get migrant farm workers vaccinated
Editorial cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz has been working to battle COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the Latino community. So far, he's made 15 cartoons and an animation. The Show spoke with him to learn about the projects.
Feb. 15, 2022
Nearly all of Sonora now considered ‘moderate’ COVID risk
Just the week before nearly the entire state was at high risk, but cases have continued their steady fall.
Feb. 14, 2022
How the pandemic has tested — and ended — friendships
Ever since "Parks and Recreation’s" Leslie Knope invented Galentine's Day, women have been celebrating friendship along with romance. But there’s a more serious side to the friend game, and as with everything, it seems, the pandemic has made an impact.
Feb. 14, 2022
COVID-19 becoming endemic doesnt mean its over
In this time of COVID-19 fatigue, many look forward to the virus becoming endemic, as though endemicity meant crossing a finish line. Really, it might mark start of a new marathon — albeit one with more rest stops.
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Feb. 14, 2022
Kyrene School District lifts mask mandate
Last month, the Kyrene School District extended a mandatory face covering policy for students and staff at its pre-K through 8th grade schools. Now the district is making masks optional beginning Monday.
Feb. 12, 2022
Tempe handing out free at-home COVID-19 test kits
The kits will be distributed at four locations across the city, including the Tempe Public Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interested individuals are encouraged to arrive early. Each kit contains two rapid tests that provide results within 15 minutes.
Feb. 11, 2022
Why COVID-19 ad campaigns have had little effect
In the 1990s, Arizona's anti-tobacco ad campaign had a huge impact. And while there was a push in 2020 for campaigns that could be similarly effective in the fight against COVID-19, nothing has grabbed hold and changed hearts and minds in quite the same way.
Feb. 10, 2022
Committee passes bill requiring parent permission for mask mandates
The Arizona House Committee on Government and Elections voted to override mask mandates that exist in some public schools.
Feb. 10, 2022
AZ, other states shift approach to COVID contact tracing
Numbers are falling, but more than 6,000 Arizonans per day are still testing positive for COVID-19. And if you have recently tested positive for the virus in Arizona, you might not hear from your state or county public health department. The state has changed its approach to contact tracing.
Feb. 9, 2022
AZ COVID-19 cases are still extremely high, but falling fast
Arizona is currently averaging nearly 7,000 new COVID-19 cases per day. That's high, but two weeks ago, the state was reporting about three times that many daily infections.
Feb. 8, 2022
Why the vaxxed and done are giving up on precautions
The phrase “COVID fatigue” has been written and talked about so much, perhaps you’re tired of hearing about it. But the phenomenon is real, and it appears to manifest itself differently in different people.
Feb. 8, 2022
UAs COVID cases are declining, but officials not ready to relax just yet
During a Monday press conference, University of Arizona officials said they’re seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases on campus, but they aren't ready to relax just yet.
Feb. 7, 2022
Older adults still struggling with mental health 2 years into COVID-19
Rural older adults — people 65 and older — are still struggling with issues of isolation and loneliness nearly two years into the COVID-19 pandemic. A leader from one Arizona health care group says roughly two years later, things are not getting better.
Feb. 7, 2022
Vaccines help, but omicron drove breakthrough cases
A new report from the state health department shows COVID-19 vaccines continue to save lives in Arizona. But the highly contagious omicron variant drove a steep increase in breakthrough cases in December and January.
Feb. 3, 2022
Phoenix is collecting more trash and more money
As many people work from home and Phoenix’s population continues to grow, so does the amount of trash and recyclables.
Feb. 3, 2022
Study: Hermosillo residents hit hard during pandemic, but feel optimistic
Hermosillo, the capital of neighboring Sonora, was hit hard by the pandemic. But a new survey shows that city residents are starting to feel more optimistic about the future.
Feb. 3, 2022
As Valley schools struggle to staff classrooms, one sub says shes seeing unprecedented things
Raquel Mamani has been a substitute teacher in elementary and middle schools in the Madison School District in Phoenix for four years. She also has eighth-grade twins in the district.
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Feb. 3, 2022