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In Fall 2021, the Joint Legislative Psychiatric Hospital Review Council convened to discuss how to reform Arizona's mental health system. The Show spoke with a member of the council, Carol Olson, to learn about what could be on the horizon for those struggling with mental illnesses.
Jan. 17, 2022
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In neighboring Sonora, Mexico, health officials say there are no plans to put a pause on in-person learning in the state, despite a major spike in COVID-19 cases.
Jan. 14, 2022
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Arizona on Friday set another record for new daily COVID-19 cases. The state added 20,257 cases to its daily dashboard. It is the first time Arizona has reported more than 20,000 infections on a single day.
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Jan. 14, 2022
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Gov. Doug Ducey’s office said the pandemic has taken a heartbreaking toll as the state surpasses 25,000 total deaths from COVID-19. But the governor’s office did not respond to several questions from KJZZ News about the state’s pandemic response.
Jan. 13, 2022
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New COVID-19 infections in Arizona hit an all-time high Wednesday. Meanwhile, hospitals in the state are reporting they’re dangerously overcrowded and understaffed. But the state’s health department is not planning any new changes to its pandemic response.
Jan. 12, 2022
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Teachers in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, are getting COVID-19 booster shots this week. Officials hope it’s a step toward bringing more students back to classrooms.
Jan. 12, 2022
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Arizona set a single-day record for new COVID-19 infections Wednesday. The state reported 18,783 new cases, breaking a record set in January of 2021.
Jan. 12, 2022
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Though many cities have announced efforts to step up training and focus on mental health issues, it can still be a challenge. To better understand what challenges departments are facing, The Show spoke with Amanda Stamps, a longtime Mesa police officer and program coordinator for the department’s Crisis Intervention Team.
Jan. 12, 2022
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Less than a week after approving more than $1 million to buy at-home COVID tests for residents, Phoenix considers spending another $10 million.
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Jan. 11, 2022
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Arizona is reporting record numbers of new COVID-19 infections, averaging more than 13,000 cases per day recently. The surge in cases continues to cause havoc in the state’s hospitals. Banner Health, the state's largest hospital system, is reporting staffing shortages and disruptions of some services.
Jan. 11, 2022
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Insurance plans will either reimburse or cover the purchase up front for up to eight tests per individual on the plan per month.
Jan. 11, 2022
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Hospitals are struggling with staffing issues as their beds fill up, leaving some facilities like Valleywise Health to turn to travel nurses — some who may have formerly worked there.
Jan. 11, 2022
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Vitalant, which serves 900 hospitals across the country, including 62 in Arizona, has announced a national blood shortage. Sue Thew with Vitalant says the supply of all blood types is critically low, especially Type O, which is currently at less than half capacity.
Jan. 11, 2022
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Dignity Health has enacted new federal guidelines for health care workers with coronavirus. Employees who are experiencing mild symptoms or are asymptomatic of COVID-19 may keep working.
Jan. 10, 2022
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Arizona health care workers say the state’s hospital system is on the brink of collapse as COVID-19 infections in the state approach record numbers. A group of 1,100 health professionals are sending an open letter to Gov. Doug Ducey demanding assistance.
Jan. 7, 2022
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Arizona Republican Sen. Kelly Townsend from Mesa withdrew her request for Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate Pima County’s religious exemptions for their COVID-19 vaccine mandates.
Jan. 7, 2022
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Since the pandemic began, more adults have been seeking information about attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly called ADHD. And some are surprised to learn they’ve had the disorder their whole life.
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Jan. 6, 2022
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COVID-19 cases are surging in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, and across the country.
Jan. 6, 2022
Mountain Park Health
Community health clinics that serve Maryvale, south Phoenix and other lower-income communities in the Valley are facing staffing shortages as COVID-19 cases spike.
Jan. 6, 2022
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Exposure to air pollution late in life raises the risk of developing dementia. But does that mean improving air quality can reduce those risks? A new study offers some clues.
Jan. 6, 2022


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