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CDC: Adults 65+ should get latest COVID-19 booster
On Wednesday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Mandy Cohen endorsed the recommendation for adults 65 and older to receive an additional, updated dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
List Of Arizona Schools Offering Meals During Closures
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and state Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced Sunday that all schools in Arizona will be closed at least until March 27 amid concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. The following schools and districts have set up meal services for students during the closure. Check back for updates.
March 16, 2020
Biggs, Lesko Vote Against Bipartisan Relief Package
The U.S. House overwhelmingly passed a coronavirus relief package early Saturday that would offer free tests and increase paid sick leave for the public. President Donald Trump said he supported the bill, which now heads to the Senate, and said he would sign it as soon as possible. But 40 Republicans voted no on the bill — including two from Arizona.
March 14, 2020
Phoenix-Area Shoppers Brave Crowds, Long Lines
People are eschewing public gatherings, and employees are being sent home from offices, instructed to work from home. But people are still gathering in large numbers at Phoenix-area stores, with lines stretching out the door as they attempt to stock up on supplies, preparing to remain home with their families for an unknown amount of time.
March 14, 2020
Ducey Signs Bill Allocating $55 Million To Health Services
The Arizona Legislature and Gov. Doug Ducey fast-tracked an emergency measure Thursday allocating up to $55 million to the Arizona Department of Health Services to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
March 14, 2020
Great Wolf Lodge Temporarily Closes Arizona Resort
Less than six months after it opened, Arizona’s first indoor water park resort is temporarily closing. Starting Sunday, March 15 at 2 p.m., the Great Wolf Lodge will close. It's part of the Salt River-Pima Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District.
March 14, 2020
AZ School Employee Tests Presumptively Positive For The Coronavirus
Pima Unified School District in Graham County in southeastern Arizona said on Friday evening that an elementary school employee has presumptively tested positive for the coronavirus. An estimated 166 students are believed to have come in contact with her, said superintendent Sean Rickert.
March 14, 2020
Beauty Retailer Glossier Delays Phoenix Opening
Many businesses are being affected by the coronavirus and some — like those in the beauty industry — face unique challenges.
March 14, 2020
Phoenix Closes Senior Centers, Suspends Evictions From City-Owned Housing
The city of Phoenix is shutting down its senior centers, suspending city-sponsored public gatherings, and imposing a moratorium on evictions from city-owned public housing. Mayor Kate Gallego says there’s no estimate on when these services could be re-established.
March 13, 2020
Blood Banks Seeing Shortages As The Coronavirus Fears Increase
Fears over the coronavirus have led to a drop in blood donations, which is endangering those in need of transfusions. More than 100 blood drives and donor appointments have been canceled in recent days. The coronavirus is spread through respiratory droplets, and the risk of spreading the virus through blood is minimal.
March 13, 2020
Phoenix Mother Of 5 Worries School Closure Will Hurt Her Financially
The Alhambra Elementary School District announced Thursday afternoon that it’s closing all of its schools starting Monday until further notice in response to the global coronavirus outbreak. One Phoenix mother has two childcare choices: hire an expensive sitter or take time off work. She said both will hurt her finances.
March 13, 2020
How Coronavirus Could Affect Phoenix Spending On Police, Fire, Parks
The coronavirus outbreak and economic uncertainty is creating challenges for local governments as they plan their budgets. Going into the next fiscal year that starts July 1, Phoenix has a general fund surplus of about $28 million.
March 13, 2020
What Does It Mean To Self-Quarantine, And How Are People Handling It?
As the coronavirus — and concerns about it — continue to spread, a number of people who may have been exposed to the virus have said they were going to self-quarantine. To talk through how people are handling this, The Show talked with Dr. Cecilia Rosales with the University of Arizona College of Public Health. She's also the associate dean for the Phoenix campus.
March 13, 2020
Economist Discusses Impacts Coronavirus Could Have
Gov. Doug Ducey this week acknowledged the virus is having an effect on the economy but told reporters Arizona is in a better financial position to handle it than it has been in years. To talk more about the potential impact on the budget is economist Jim Rounds.
March 13, 2020
How Will AZs Hospitality Industry Be Affected By Cancellations?
As every industry across the country prepares for the economic impact of the coronavirus, leaders in the region’s hospitality sector are bracing for an especially hard hit. To discuss the anticipated impact and how the region’s hospitality industry, The Show spoke with Debbie Johnson, executive director of the Arizona Office of Tourism.
March 13, 2020
WATCH: Trump Press Conference Regarding The Coronavirus
President Donald Trump is giving a press conference regarding coronavirus at the White House Rose Garden. Watch live.
March 13, 2020
List Of Arizona School Closures
Schools around Arizona have announced they would close because of concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. Here's a list of confirmed closures. Check back for updates. If you know of a school closure, email [email protected] or reach out on Twitter @kjzzphoenix.
March 13, 2020
Coronavirus Concerns Spur Some Arizona Schools To Plan Closures
Despite the governor’s decision for schools to remain open, four large school districts in metro Phoenix announced late Thursday that they would shut down because of the new coronavirus. Widespread shutdowns were not necessary at this point because there isn't a broad spread of the virus, said Jessica Rigler, assistant director at the state Department of Health Services.
List Of Arizona School Closures
March 13, 2020
Major League Baseball Cancels Spring Training
A day after the NBA abruptly suspended its season, other major sports leagues followed suit, and the NCAA even canceled its annual March Madness basketball tournament. On Thursday morning, some spring training games were canceled due to rain. Hours later, Major League Baseball made it permanent: spring training is over.
March 12, 2020
More Arizona Colleges Canceling In-Person Classes
Northern Arizona University became the latest school to respond to the coronavirus by canceling in-person classes wherever possible.
March 12, 2020
Phoenix Will Stop Shutting Off Water For Nonpayment
Phoenix residents who are behind on their utility bill will still be assured access to water amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego announced the city will stop shutting off water for nonpayment.
March 12, 2020

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