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Most AZ counties now have high community COVID levels
COVID-19 cases have ramped up across the country in recent weeks. Now, the latest CDC report shows the majority of Arizona counties have high community levels of the virus.
How The Sports World Is Responding To The Coronavirus Outbreak
The Pac-12 has joined other conferences, including the Big 10, Big East and Southeastern Conference in cancelling the rest of their basketball tournaments, due to concerns over the coronavirus. Kendall Baker, sports editor for Axios, joined The Show to talk about how the sports world is responding to the pandemic.
March 12, 2020
Ducey Declares Statewide Public Health Emergency
Following reports of three new possible coronavirus cases in Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey has declared a statewide public health emergency. The declaration frees up tools to help combat the spread of the coronavirus. The Department of Health Services, led by state health Director Cara Christ, will now coordinate the state’s ongoing response. And state officials now have access to $500,000 in emergency funds.
March 11, 2020
3 New Presumptive Coronavirus Cases Reported In Arizona
Three new presumptive cases of the coronavirus were reported Wednesday in Arizona, bringing the state’s total to nine. The new cases are in Maricopa and Pima counties. No deaths have been reported in the state as of Wednesday afternoon.
March 11, 2020
ASU Announces In-Person Classes Will Be Moved Online
Spring break at Arizona State University ends this weekend, but students won’t be back in classrooms on Monday. In an email to the ASU community, President Michael Crow announced that in-person classes will be moved online "wherever possible."
March 11, 2020
MCCCD Board Considers Emergency Powers For Chancellor
In order to swiftly and effectively respond to the coronavirus, the Maricopa County Community College District Governing Board acknowledged its own limitations. At a Tuesday night work session, the board was presented with the college system’s response so far.
March 11, 2020
No Live Audience At Dem Presidential Debate In Phoenix
Due to concerns over the coronavirus, the Democratic presidential debate in Phoenix won’t have a live audience.
March 10, 2020
Tucson-Based Science Fair Adjusts For Coronavirus
The Southern Arizona Research Science and Engineering Foundation's annual science fair is taking steps to mitigate health concerns that naturally arise when mixing thousands of school-aged children in close quarters amid fears of the spread of the coronavirus.
March 10, 2020
Coronavirus Fears Expose Underlying Economic Issues
Businesses looking to head-off the coronavirus have asked some employees to stay home. But not all workers can afford to stay home.
March 10, 2020
AZ Health Director: Numbers Remain Low, But Coronavirus Spread Hard To Predict
While Arizona's number of coronavirus cases remains low, there is reason to remain vigilant. Two cruise ship passengers who flew through Sky Harbor International Airport last month were later diagnosed with COVID-19 and could have passed on the virus.
March 10, 2020
Arizona Now Has 6 Cases Of Coronavirus
As of late Monday, Arizona had six cases of coronavirus. Of those, two have been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and four are presumptive positive, which means the CDC must still confirm. As the number of coronavirus cases in Arizona grows, Gov. Doug Ducey said public health is his top priority.
March 9, 2020
Tucson Book Festival Canceled Over Coronavirus Fears
Tucson has joined a growing number of cities across the country that are canceling major events over coronavirus concerns. The upcoming Tucson Festival of Books was canceled Monday after more than 100 authors pulled out.
March 9, 2020
County Health Director: Travel Wont Increase Coronavirus Risk
There are now a total of five cases of coronavirus in Arizona. Maricopa County Public Health Director Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine joined The Show to talk about self-quarantine and what Arizonans can do to avoid getting and spreading the virus.
March 9, 2020
Water For Hand-Washing: How Hot Is Hot Enough?
Health experts urge hand-washing for 20 seconds to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. But just how hot does that water need to be? Whether you scrub your hands to "Happy Birthday" or the alphabet song or Lady Macbeth's "Out, damned spot" speech, you might wonder if that tepid water is really doing the job.
March 9, 2020
Could Coronavirus Disrupt Supply Chains For Arizona Businesses?
A number of states do a lot of trading with China, which is the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak, and those states include Arizona. The coronavirus, and the fear around it, could affect Arizona companies and their supply chains.
March 6, 2020
ADHS Confirms 3rd Coronavirus Case In Arizona
Public health officials announced a third person in Arizona has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The patient is a woman in her 40s who is currently hospitalized.
March 6, 2020
Businesses Working On Coronavirus Contingency Plans
Employers are devising plans to continue operating as the risk of the virus spreading increases. The Maricopa County Department for Public Health is working with businesses in the event employees get sick and cannot go to work.
March 5, 2020
Arizona Prisons And Jails Prepare For The Coronavirus
Infectious diseases can spread quickly in the close confines of jails and prisons. The Arizona Department of Corrections says it is in contact with the Arizona Department of Health Services and prepared to handle any cases of the coronavirus in state prisons, should they occur.
March 5, 2020
ASU China Study Abroad Student: Coronavirus Screening Minimal
The spread of COVID-19 has increased concern among communities in and near the Wuhan province in China, including students who chose to study abroad. The TSA said Tuesday that it will provide screenings for passengers who recently visited China. ASU biomedical sciences senior Margaret Zheng said her screening was minimal.
How AZ Long Term Care Facilities Are Preparing | Don't Skip The Blood Drive
March 4, 2020
Coronavirus: No Need To Skip The Blood Drive
Coronavirus-related fears could make some people hesitate to donate or receive blood. But those concerns are unfounded and could worsen current shortages.
March 4, 2020
What Care Facilities Are Doing To Keep Residents Safe From Coronavirus
Washington state has reported nine coronavirus-related deaths. Most were residents of a long term care facility. What precautions are being taken here to protect older Arizonans who live in communal settings?
March 4, 2020