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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.
Sonora Quest expanding COVID-19 testing capabilities
After seeing the largest number of tests in a single day, the lab is upping their capabilities to handle thousands more daily tests.
Jan. 12, 2022
Phoenix planning to distribute at-home tests and N95 masks to residents
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. 12, 2022
Phoenix could buy apartment buildings, shelters to increase housing options for residents
“Go big or go home” is how City Manager Jeff Barton presented some ideas to the Phoenix City Council to address homelessness and the lack of affordable housing. He suggested using $50 million to buy apartment complexes and offer units to low- and moderate-income residents.
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Jan. 11, 2022
UA instructors argue for right to teach remotely
More than a hundred University of Arizona instructors have sent their provost a letter arguing for the right to teach remotely when the semester begins on Wednesday.
Jan. 11, 2022
For 2nd time, AMLO tests positive for COVID-19
On Tuesday morning, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said his symptoms remained light.
Jan. 11, 2022
Banner Health reports delays, staffing shortages amid omicron surge
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
Arizona pediatricians are urging schools to require masks in response to omicron
The Arizona chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is urging schools to require masks in response to the latest spike of COVID-19 cases.
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Jan. 11, 2022
Private insurance plans to cover FDA-approved over-the-counter COVID tests
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
Valleywise Health turns to travel nurses to supplement staff shortages
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
Theres a national blood shortage. Vitalant needs help from donors
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
Sonora begins 2022 with most COVID-19 cases ever recorded in a week
As of yet, the record-setting surge has not clearly shown up in hospitalization and death data.
Jan. 10, 2022
UA starting spring semester with in-person classes
University of Arizona is preparing to welcome back students on Wednesday for the start of its spring semester. This comes as comes as the country, and the state of Arizona, is experiencing a surge of COVID-19.
Jan. 10, 2022
This AZ mom took every precaution. She still got COVID-19
For a long time, many of us didn’t know anyone who actually had COVID-19. That’s changed in the last month as the latest surge of the omicron variant has brought the virus much closer to home for many, including Mattie Lord.
Jan. 10, 2022
Dignity Health to allow COVID-positive staff to work
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
Lowell Observatory is closing again due to rising COVID-19 cases
The Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff is temporarily closing again due to rising COVID-19 cases, after reopening to general admission in November.
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Jan. 10, 2022
Phoenix quarantine hotel for homeless patients is filling quickly
COVID-19 cases are soaring across Arizona. And a Phoenix health care organization that serves homeless populations is noting a steep rise in demand.
Jan. 7, 2022
Sen. Townsend withdraws request for investigation in vaccine mandate
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
COVID-19 cases rising rapidly in Sonora, across Mexico
COVID-19 cases are surging in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, and across the country.
Jan. 6, 2022
COVID-19 surge leaves clinics short-staffed
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
UA requiring higher-grade masks for spring semester due to omicron
Updates to the University of Arizona's COVID-19 protocols include requiring higher-grade masks for all students, faculty, staff and visitors, as well as COVID-19 testing before or upon dorm residents' return.
Jan. 6, 2022

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