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ASU football hit with NCAA sanctions
Arizona State University and four former members of its football coaching staff have reached an agreement with the NCAA on penalties for impermissible in-person contact with recruits during the COVID-19 dead period.
What to know about the new COVID-19 vaccine — and where to get them
The Show spoke with Dr. Nick Staab, assistant medical director with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, about the long-awaited new COVID-19 vaccine.
Sept. 20, 2023
USAID virus monitoring program gets canceled
The U.S. Agency for International Development has canceled DEEP VZN before it could begin work. The program had been allocated about 10% of its promised funding and had not yet received a green light to begin field work.
Sept. 15, 2023
Medicaid disenrollment could affect 650,000 in Arizona. Heres how to keep your coverage
Since pandemic protections ended, states have shed millions of people from Medicaid rolls, many of whom could have stayed on if they had completed their paperwork. But mailings are sometimes confusing, misrouted or subject to other bureaucratic errors.
Sept. 13, 2023
Updated COVID-19 vaccines are on the way following CDC endorsement
Arizona pharmacies and doctors offices could start providing updated COVID-19 vaccines within a few days. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday recommended the shots for almost all Americans.
Sept. 12, 2023
Arizona could lose $22M in COVID education relief funds
The dispute between Governor Katie Hobbs and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne comes over Emergency Assistance to Non-Public Schools funding. The U.S. Department of Education has encouraged all governors to work with each states educational agencies to administer their funding.
Sept. 11, 2023
COVID hospitalizations are up among older adults
Over the past several weeks, health insurance giant Humana has reported an uptick in older adults being hospitalized for COVID-19. Humana mainly covers people ages 65 and older, who rank among the populations susceptible to the virus’s most serious effects.
Sept. 7, 2023
Struggling AZ students get $40 million for tutoring
Superintendent Tom Horne said the cash was taken back from other programs approved by his predecessor, Kathy Hoffman. The website to sign up goes live Sept. 15.
Sept. 5, 2023
Health data breach hits 110K Pima County residents
Last month, Maximus Health Services – a large provider of contracted services for state, local and federal governments – reported hackers had accessed the health information of 8 to 11 million people. They’ve now confirmed the breach affected about 110,000 residents of Pima County.
Aug. 31, 2023
COVID-19 numbers are on an uptick. What does it mean for the near future?
The Show spoke with Dr. Nick Staab, assistant medical director with the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, about what's happening now with COVID-19 and what to expect through the fall.
Aug. 22, 2023
Experts: NIH squandered $1B in long COVID-19 funds over 2.5 years
Experts and patient advocates this week blasted the NIH for squandering research dollars provided by Congress to study long COVID-19. The criticism stems from a previously unreleased budget requested by U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo and shared with several news websites.
Aug. 11, 2023
CDC says long COVID-19 rates are dropping
A multi-institution study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the portion of adults reporting long COVID-19 symptoms has dropped. It also says one in four people with the illness still report being unable to fully carry out daily activities.
Aug. 10, 2023
Barrow lands $10M ARPA grant to study COVID cognitive symptoms
Many long COVID-19 sufferers describe cognitive impairments not unlike dementia. Recently, the Arizona governor’s office awarded Barrow Neurological Institute $10 million to study possible differences and similarities between those symptoms and Alzheimer’s disease.
July 28, 2023
Arizona overpaid more than $300M in pandemic unemployment assistance
The majority of the overpayments came from administrative errors in the state Department of Economic Security.
July 24, 2023
COVID-19 delayed AZ hantavirus investigation for months
The coronavirus pandemic overwhelmed health care systems and slowed responses to other illnesses, especially respiratory viruses that resembled COVID-19.
July 12, 2023
About 1,500 recorded COVID-19 cases in Arizona each week
While coronavirus case reports no longer dominate the headlines, people in the state are still contracting the disease.
July 8, 2023
COVID-19 deaths, hospital admissions at lowest point since reporting began
COVID-19 risk remains very low nationwide. And by some measures, Arizona is now seeing some of the lowest levels of virus spread since the pandemic began more than three years ago.
June 7, 2023
Mindfulness helps some Navajo Nation members move past COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a mental health toll on almost everyone. For Native American communities, COVID was especially devastating. Life after COVID isn’t easy, and now some are turning to mindfulness practices to address compassion fatigue and burnout.
June 5, 2023
COVID-19 conspiracies continue in second day of hearings
A group of doctors known for spreading misinformation about COVID-19 spoke in a second day of special hearings at the Arizona Capitol on Friday. Speakers continued to outline a litany of conspiracy theories about the pandemic before an all-Republican committee.
May 26, 2023
COVID-19 skeptics speak in first day of special hearings at AZ Capitol
A special committee to investigate the government’s response to COVID-19 held its first day of hearings at the Arizona Capitol on Thursday. The all-Republican committee is hosting speakers known for embracing conspiracy theories and spreading misinformation about the virus.
May 25, 2023
Vaccine deniers, QAnon promoters to testify at Legislature
The Show spoke with Jerod MacDonald-Evoy, who has been reporting on a special committee meeting, on what we can expect to hear from the selected speakers.
May 25, 2023