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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.
Expert shares lessons from 2 years of COVID variants in AZ
Two years have passed since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Arizona. In a press briefing Wednesday, ASU Biodesign executive director Joshua LaBaer shared lessons learned – and mysteries still unresolved – while ASU virologist Efrem Lim provided an update on omicron.
Jan. 26, 2022
2 years after AZs 1st COVID cases, health care system still straining
Wednesday marks two years since the first COVID-19 case was reported in Arizona and the state’s health care system is facing more strain than ever.
Jan. 26, 2022
MCSO jails habve rising COVID-19 cases, staff shortages
As the omicron variant continues to drive up case numbers in the state, Maricopa County’s jails are also experiencing a spike that’s exacerbated by a staffing shortage they’ve been experiencing for some time.
Jan. 26, 2022
COVID testing site open at State Farm Stadium
State Farm Stadium in Glendale is hosting a drive-up COVID-19 PCR testing site. Virginia-based laboratory Genetworx is operating the location.
Jan. 26, 2022
Public health officials see optimism for AZ on COVID-19 after spring
The state could see a decline in cases within the next few weeks and see a peak in deaths rise in February.
Jan. 26, 2022
Some signs point to possible slowdown of omicron wave in Mexico
A similar deceleration can be seen in case data from Sonora, though deaths are trending upward more steadily.
Jan. 25, 2022
Navajo Nation keeps cases lower than Arizona amid omicron surge
The omicron variant has pushed COVID-19 cases to record highs across Arizona in recent weeks. But on the Navajo Nation, aggressive mitigation measures appear to be preventing the most serious health outcomes.
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Jan. 25, 2022
Everything you need to know about masks right now
Public health guidance on masks is changing again, encouraging the wearing of N95 or KN95 masks because omicron is so transmissible. Dr. Shad Marvasti provided the latest guidance and advice on how to identify authentic masks.
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Jan. 25, 2022
Tucson district faces continued staffing shortages due to COVID-19
Tucson Unified School district is facing staffing struggles due to COVID-19. As of Monday, 354 teachers were out, though Tucson Unified Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo says that’s better than the week before.
Jan. 25, 2022
Gallego: Dems should take a victory lap for COVID moves
President Joe Biden’s approval rating may be suffering, but Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego says there’s plenty the administration, and the Democratic Party, can be proud of.
Jan. 24, 2022
Arizona COVID-19 hospitalizations may not peak until mid-February
On average, Arizona is now seeing seven times as many COVID-19 cases per day as it was just a month ago and hospitals are still struggling to keep up.
As cases decline across the nation, Arizona remains bleak
Jan. 24, 2022
The pandemic has highlighted economic inequities. Will free at-home tests and masks help?
Many working families have been struggling throughout the pandemic, from health care costs to finding child care, to buying masks and at-home tests. How free N95 masks and at-home COVID-19 tests could reduce some of the inequalities seen since the pandemic began.
Jan. 24, 2022
As COVID cases decline across U.S., expert says AZ situation remains bleak
Arizona hospitals continue to bear the brunt with just 6% of inpatient and 8% of intensive care unit beds available as of Jan. 24. But omicron cases are beginning to trend down in parts of the country.
Jan. 24, 2022
Pima County opens large drive-thru COVID testing site
Its testing capacity stretched by the increase in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron wave, Pima County is opening a large new drive-thru testing site with help from the federal government.
Jan. 24, 2022
Arizona COVID-19 ICU nurse says she sees a patient die every shift
Valleywise Health COVID-19 ICU nurse Cindy Smith says having at least one patient die during her shift is now a daily occurrence, something she has never seen in her time in health care.
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Jan. 22, 2022
Ducey is suing the U.S. government to keep COVID funds
Gov. Doug Ducey is suing the federal government in an effort to keep $173 million provided to the state through the American Rescue Plan Act. The Treasury is demanding the funds be returned, and threatening to withhold future aid.
Jan. 21, 2022
More non-U.S. citizens will need to show proof of vaccination at land ports
U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents returning to the United States are exempted from the requirement.
Jan. 21, 2022
While nursing home COVID-19 cases spike, AZs numbers harder to find
Nursing homes and long-term care facilities report numbers directly to the CDC, making it hard to see state specific data.
Jan. 21, 2022
As hospitals strain under COVID-19, flu cases increase
Arizona hospitals continue to be overwhelmed by the state’s COVID-19 outbreak, but influenza cases in the state are increasing, too. Last winter’s flu season was almost nonexistent when social distancing protocols for COVID-19 helped keep other infections at bay. This year, influenza is much more widespread.
Jan. 20, 2022
How COVID-only hospitals could alleviate the strain on the health care system
In Arizona hospitals, cases continue to rise, with just 5% of inpatient beds available as of Jan. 20. So the question of what comes next in this seemingly never-ending pandemic looms. And Mike Meyer argues we should be prepared for the worst.
Jan. 20, 2022

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