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Expert: Arizonas vaccine exemption rate in kindergarten just a disaster waiting to happen
According to the CDC, the national rate of vaccine exemptions among kindergarteners is at 3%, the highest it's ever been. CDC data also shows exemptions in Arizona trending higher, even before the pandemic.
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
New Case Of Coronavirus Confirmed In Maricopa County
Another case of COVID-19 caused by the coronavirus has been confirmed in Maricopa County. The new patient is a male in his 20s in the Phoenix area. He came in close contact with another individual outside of the state who had traveled to a community where the virus has spread.
March 3, 2020
Mesas Asian Night Market Successful Despite Coronavirus Fears
Mesa’s Asian District hosted an event celebrating cuisine and culture over the weekend, and the turnout was high despite fears of the coronavirus.
March 3, 2020
State Health Director Says Arizona Now Doing Its Own Testing For COVID-19
Gov. Doug Ducey and state health department director Dr. Cara Christ sought to reassure Arizonans the state is ready for the spread of the new coronavirus. Arizona has had one confirmed case as of Monday afternoon.
March 3, 2020
Arizona State Laboratory Ready To Test For Coronavirus
Arizona was among the many states that received flawed coronavirus testing kits in early February. A spokesman for the Arizona Department of Health Services said those issues have now been resolved.
Feb. 28, 2020
AZ Delegation Divided On Pences Ability To Handle Coronavirus Outbreak
Republicans from Arizona's congressional delegation are confident Mike Pence is the right man to lead the federal government's response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Democrats disagree.
Feb. 28, 2020
Coronavirus Arrives In Mexico
Mexico has confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus. It marks the official spread of the disease to a second Latin American nation, after Brazil. Authorities are stressing that the country is prepared and urging people not to panic.
Feb. 28, 2020
Asian Businesses In Mesa Suffer Amid Coronavirus Fears
This weekend, Mesa is holding an event celebrating Asian culture. But there is a risk: Asian-American businesses have seen fewer customers because of fears of the coronavirus. The Asian District in west Mesa is fighting back against concerns over whether the virus will quell its business.
CDC Warns Of Coronavirus Spreading Within U.S.
Feb. 28, 2020
Mexico Prepares For The Expected Arrival Of Coronavirus
Mexico is tending to a small number of possible coronavirus cases, while preparing for an outbreak. And the government is already taking preventive actions.
Feb. 27, 2020
WATCH: Trump News Conference On Coronavirus
President Donald Trump is holding a news conference Wednesday about coronavirus alongside Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials and others amid criticism of the government's response to the outbreak. Watch his remarks live. Video is expected to go live around 4 p.m. Arizona time.
Feb. 26, 2020
Public Health Executive Urges AZ Officials To Take Necessary Precautions Against Coronavirus
It’s only a matter of time until more Americans come down with coronavirus. A top official with the Center for Diseases Control and Prevention told reporters Tuesday that it’s “not a question of if this will happen,” but "when this will happen.” Will Humble was the director of the Arizona Department of Health Services during the last major pandemic Arizona faced. Humble is now executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association.
Feb. 26, 2020