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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.
Researchers pinpoint why some COVID vaccines cause blood clots
A tiny percentage of people who have received the Oxford-AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson vaccines had negative reactions that resulted in life-threatening blood clots.
Jan. 6, 2022
COVID-19 positivity rates double in last 2 weeks
With the spread of omicron variant burning through the state, some sites are seeing the highest positivity rates since the start of the pandemic.
Jan. 6, 2022
Phoenix approves funds for at-home COVID-19 tests
With COVID-19 cases rising, the Phoenix City Council unanimously approved $4.9 million in federal funds to expand vaccine and testing programs and provide residents with at-home tests.
Jan. 6, 2022
Family confused by districts mask policy for students
A 17-year-old cancer survivor says she’s confused by the Scottsdale Unified School District’s decision to make masks optional for students.
Jan. 5, 2022
Omicron drives steep surge in Arizona COVID-19 cases
Less than a month after it first appeared in Arizona, the omicron variant of COVID-19 is now driving nearly all new cases in the state. Researchers at ASU’s Biodesign Institute say as many as 90% of recent infections in the state appear to have been caused by omicron.
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Jan. 5, 2022
Union asking ASU, UA to go remote for start of spring semester
The union representing workers at Arizona State University and the University of Arizona is asking both institutions to implement safety measures as they begin the spring semester amid the latest COVID-19 spike of the omicron variant.
Jan. 5, 2022
Epidemiologist is building DIY air filters to help schools fight COVID-19
Lots of parents, teachers and students have found themselves recently with a timely project: making homemade air filters for classrooms and school spaces to help protect from the spread of COVID-19.
Jan. 5, 2022
Maricopa County seeing surge of COVID-19 cases following holiday
As of Jan. 5, Arizona is approaching 20,000 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people. To learn about the current situation, The Show spoke with Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, medical director for disease control at Maricopa County Public Health.
Jan. 5, 2022
Duceys new school program has some worried about politicization of public health
With the possibility of some schools closing due to COVID-19 cases and staff shortages, Gov. Doug Ducey announced a program to provide funds for parents if that happens. But some say he has had an inconsistent track record.
Jan. 5, 2022
Congress extends tribal deadline to spend COVID-19 funds
Government funding for coronavirus relief has helped Americans keep their economic footing during the pandemic. But CARES Act money was delayed for tribal communities; they did not receive any of it until May 2020.
Jan. 4, 2022
Arizona airports get millions more in federal relief funds
As part of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, almost 60 Arizona airports will get money to support operations, personnel, sanitation and COVID-19 prevention.
Jan. 4, 2022
Glendale, Scottsdale districts shift their mask policies
The Glendale Union High School District and the Scottsdale Unified School District have shifted their mask policies as students return to classes Tuesday after winter break.
Jan. 4, 2022
Education leader says parents should be prepared for remote learning
Some schools are going back to school this week, but what their classes look like may depend on the district. Some are taking precautions with the new surge in COVID-19 cases after the holidays.
Jan. 4, 2022
District is short so many bus drivers, transportation director is filling in
The Bullhead City School District is dealing with a bus driver shortage. With all hands on deck, routes are being rearranged in an effort to get students to class on time.
Jan. 4, 2022
Teachers brace for another pandemic crunch as kids return to school
Kids across Arizona are back in school after winter break this week, even as the omicron variant has led to increased case numbers and hospitalizations in Arizona and across the country. And different schools are managing it in different ways.
Jan. 4, 2022
1st case of the omicron variant detected on Navajo Nation
The Navajo Nation reported 10 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and no deaths Monday, but tribal health officials said the first case of the omicron variant has been detected on the vast reservation.
Jan. 4, 2022
Oro Valley Hospital stops taking heart attack patients
Oro Valley Hospital near Tucson has temporarily stopped taking heart attack patients due to staffing issues.
Jan. 3, 2022
Embry Health CEO says COVID-19 testing situation is bleak
Throughout the pandemic, Embry Health has been a reliable source for testing here in Arizona, but that is also beginning to dwindle. The Show spoke to its CEO, Raymond Embry, to paint the picture he’s seeing at his testing locations.
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Jan. 3, 2022
Kyrene School District puts mask mandate back in place, citing community spread
The Kyrene School District, which serves 26 schools in Maricopa County, put a mask mandate back in place Saturday after originally making masks optional for the spring semester.
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Jan. 2, 2022
AZ court upholds decision to not release COVID records
An Arizona appellate court has upheld a lower court's decision to deny a request for COVID-19-related medical records it said could include information that should be kept private.
Jan. 1, 2022