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It doesn’t mean you’re safe: Arizona doctor shares caution around COVID-19 guideline revisions
Dr. Frank LoVecchio, an emergency medicine physician with Valleywise Health, says there could be drawbacks from some people to proposed revisions in the COVID-19 guidelines from the CDC.
Health survey shows COVID-19 impacts on community
More than 14,000 people participated in a Maricopa County Department of Public Health survey on the impacts of COVID-19 and other pandemic concerns.
July 28, 2022
Health department encourages vaccines, boosters as COVID wave continues
COVID-19 cases have plateaued at a high level in Arizona. The Arizona Department of Health Services added 17,249 new cases and 70 deaths to its dashboard in its weekly update Wednesday.
July 27, 2022
COVID deaths are down in nursing homes, but challenges remain
Two years ago, residents in long term care were in isolation and often suffering. Nursing homes had shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. A lot has changed since — some good, some not so good.
July 27, 2022
Less than 3% of AZ babies, toddlers got COVID vaccines
Arizona is still seeing high levels of COVID-19 transmission, but uptake of vaccines for young children has been slow in our state.
July 26, 2022
mRNA vaccines protect from COVID three times longer
Vaccines are locked in an endless arms race with viruses, as illustrated by omicron’s knack for breakthrough infections. As the White House weighs summer boosters, a new study explores how long coronavirus inoculations last.
July 25, 2022
Childhood vaccinations reach historic lows
New data from the World Health Organization and UNICEF shows childhood vaccinations have sunk to their lowest level in three decades. In Arizona, many schools are now vulnerable to potential measles outbreaks — especially charter schools and higher-income districts.
July 21, 2022
Navajo Nation may loosen restrictions even as COVID cases rise
The Navajo Nation has reported nearly 400 new COVID-19 infections since July 16, along with two deaths during that time.
July 20, 2022
Some Phoenix-area hospitals are seeing more COVID-19 patients
As COVID-19 cases surge in Arizona, some hospitals around the Valley are seeing an increase in patients.
July 17, 2022
This researcher is working on a project that could lead to a universal coronavirus vaccine
New research being done in Arizona is looking into how the COVID-19 vaccine interacts with antibodies we have from previous infections from other coronaviruses, including ones that cause the common cold. And it could eventually lead to a universal coronavirus vaccine.
July 13, 2022
Theres a high rate of COVID cases in the Valley. What to know 3 years into the pandemic
According to the latest Maricopa County COVID-19 dashboard, the vast majority of the Valley is dealing with “high” transmission.
July 11, 2022
Omicron BA.5 is now the dominant COVID strain in U.S.
An omicron subvariant is quickly becoming the new dominant COVID strain in Arizona and across the country.
July 9, 2022
Surgeon general sounds alarm on exhaustion crisis in health care
The U.S. surgeon general has issued an advisory saying Americans have a moral obligation to address long standing, crisis-level burnout, exhaustion and moral distress in health care. Such advisories are reserved for urgent public health concerns.
July 7, 2022
Navajo president: High vaccine rates keep uncontrolled spread of COVID from turning lethal
The Navajo Nation is now seeing uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in more than half of its communities.
July 7, 2022
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.
July 6, 2022
Why back-to-school shoppers could be disappointed
Some retailers are preparing for a rocky back to school season as COVID-19’s impact on shipping remains a big concern.
July 6, 2022
Study: Infections from other coronaviruses could influence response to COVID vaccines
A new study from Northern Arizona University and TGEN suggests immune response to COVID-19 vaccines could be shaped by previous coronavirus infections.
July 6, 2022
CDC: Most of AZ has high COVID-19 transmission levels; masks recommended
Nine of 15 Arizona counties are currently experiencing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of “high” COVID-19 transmission rates, including Maricopa County.
July 4, 2022
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.
June 28, 2022
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.
June 23, 2022
Pandemic reveals extent of human selfishness and goodwill, says professor
COVID-19’s effect on society is still clearly being felt. But how much have the past two and a half years influenced our individual behavior and how we treat other people?
June 21, 2022