Latest News on Coronavirus Disease

The Show on KJZZ

Listen live weekdays at 9 a.m.

Arizona COVID-19 News

COVID-19 cases remain high in Arizona
COVID-19 transmission remains high in Arizona. The state reported 20,198 cases and 57 deaths in its weekly update Wednesday.
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.
More Arizona education news
Feb. 3, 2022
Pima County opens more COVID testing sites as demand sharply rises
While Pima County’s vaccination rate is higher than the state average, testing has still been in high demand there. Schools especially have been overwhelmed, which has led to the opening of more southern Arizona testing sites.
Feb. 3, 2022
Phoenix buying at-home COVID tests, KN95 masks for residents
On Wednesday, the Phoenix City Council unanimously approved spending $15 million in federal funds to expand testing and vaccines services and $10 million on at-home tests and masks.
Feb. 3, 2022
Babies could soon be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine
Some big news on the vaccine front: Babies as young as 6 months old could be able to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in a matter of weeks.
Feb. 2, 2022
2 years after COVID-19, what does long-term care look like?
On Jan. 21, 2020, the CDC confirmed the first case of COVID-19 in the U.S. We all know what happened next: our lives radically changed. For residents and staff in long-term care, they endured shutdowns, COVID-19 outbreaks, staffing shortages and loss of life. So what’s life like now for those living and working in nursing homes? We take a look.
Feb. 2, 2022
Ducey criticizes Biden approach to spending COVID funds
Gov. Ducey recently attended the winter meeting of the National Governors Association at the White House. Following the gathering that ended Monday, he took to Fox News on Tuesday and criticized President Biden's top-down federal strategy of handling the pandemic without listening to states.
Feb. 1, 2022
Phoenix council to consider $2,000 incentives for private landlords
Phoenix will soon consider offering private landlords $2,000 to rent to very low-income residents. The idea behind housing choice vouchers, commonly called Section 8, is to let people choose a private rental.
More Arizona housing news
Feb. 1, 2022
How this superintendent approaches parents’ COVID-19 concerns
Navigating the constantly changing waters of COVID-19 for schools and school administrators has been a challenge. And it's one that Kevin Mendivil, the superintendent of Tempe Union High School District, has had to tackle.
Feb. 1, 2022
Expert: Precaution still needed as COVID cases decline
Coronavirus cases are beginning to come down in our state, but COVID-19-related deaths and hospitalizations remain high. What does all of this mean for what’s next in the pandemic?
Feb. 1, 2022
Scottsdale offers vaccine clinics in February and March
Scottsdale is offering COVID-19 vaccine clinics at two community centers through March. People can walk in or register online.
Feb. 1, 2022
Maricopa Countys hotel for homeless COVID-19 patients has sheltered thousands
The extremely contagious omicron variant has driven COVID-19 cases to record highs in Arizona. And it’s sent cases soaring for people experiencing homelessness, who often don’t have the option to isolate.
Get the latest news on COVID-19 in Arizona
Feb. 1, 2022
Bill moving through Legislature could punish businesses with vaccine requirements
If an employee sees serious injury related to a COVID-19 vaccination after being denied religious exemption, the business could see fines.
Jan. 31, 2022
UA health expert: Masks continue to be an important mitigation method
The former director of the FDA, and current board member of Pfizer, suggests starting to lift pandemic-related restrictions —` including mask wearing. Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix disagrees.
Jan. 31, 2022
Q&AZ: If I change my name, how can I update my vaccine records?
Proof of vaccination has become increasingly more important around the world, but some people’s vaccination records may not match the name on their IDs. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, a listener asked: Is there a way to update your name on your vaccine records if you get it changed?
Jan. 29, 2022
COVID-19 deaths are on the rise this week in Mexico
Reported COVID-19 deaths shot up this week in Mexico, with daily tolls last reported in October.
Jan. 28, 2022
What new FDA guidelines for monoclonal antibodies mean for AZ
The Food and Drug Administration has announced it’s limiting the use of two types of monoclonal antibody treatments for COVID-19. A third type of monoclonal antibody treatment is still available, but it’s in short supply.
Jan. 27, 2022
Many nursing home residents vaccinated, not boosted
When it comes to the percentage of residents in long-term care who are boosted, the figure is low. Slightly more than 40% have received their third dose. And with the omicron variant spreading like wildfire in long-term care, AARP Arizona is calling on nursing homes to require boosters for staff and residents.
Jan. 27, 2022