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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.
Sonora’s mask mandate to stay in place in place for now
Sonora’s governor said officials were moving to revoke a state mask mandate early this week. But legislators now say it’s staying in place for at least a bit longer.
May 20, 2022
Appeals court allows AZ lawsuit on COVID fund use to move forward
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Arizona has a legal right to challenge part of the federal COVID-19 relief package that forbids using part of the money to offset tax cuts.
May 20, 2022
Its not just COVID. Flu cases are on the rise in AZ, too
Flu season is usually coming to an end by this time of year, but the Arizona Department of Health Services reported more than 1,000 flu cases last week — the highest count so far this season.
May 19, 2022
COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Arizona
COVID-19 case counts in Arizona tripled over the past month. The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 7,204 new cases in its weekly update Wednesday — the third week in a row the state reported an increase in cases.
May 18, 2022
Phoenix talks accountability in addressing homelessness
As Phoenix commits more money to address homelessness, there’s also a focus on accountability. The city’s proposed budget includes nine new positions to better manage outreach programs.
May 18, 2022
2 more bills targeting COVID rules head to Duceys desk
Two more bills restricting responses to the coronavirus pandemic are heading to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk. The state Senate approved a bill forbidding state and local governments from requiring masks in their buildings.
May 18, 2022
FDA approves booster shot for children 5 to 11
The FDA has approved a COVID-19 vaccine booster for healthy children between 5 and 11 years old. The authorization opens a third shot to elementary-aged children five months after their last dose.
May 17, 2022
Scientists working to understand how, why some people havent had COVID despite exposures
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that a majority of Americans have been infected with the novel coronavirus since 2020. But there are people who’ve avoided it so far, and scientists are trying to figure out how and why.
May 16, 2022
AZ lawmakers to debate vaccine- and mask-related bills
Lawmakers are set to hear three bills relating to COVID-19 and the pandemic this week at the state Capitol. Among them is one seeking to stop the state health department from requiring the COVID-19 vaccination in schools.
May 16, 2022
Report: People 65+ are skipping out on COVID boosters
Many people 65 and older are not getting COVID-19 booster shots, according to Kaiser Health News. It’s unclear why given that the vaccines are shown to reduce severe illness and even prevent death among this more vulnerable population.
May 16, 2022
Newest tech for COVID testing just around the corner
COVID-19 testing has vastly progressed over the course of the pandemic, and continues to do so. The Show spoke with ASU's Jennifer Blain Christen to find out just how far testing has come, and what its next advancements could be.
May 12, 2022
Sonora will eliminate COVID-19 mask mandate
A mask mandate implemented in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 is set to be lifted.
May 11, 2022
AZ COVID cases continue to climb; hospitalizations low
COVID-19 cases increased again this week in Arizona. The state health department added 5,490 cases to its weekly dashboard — the highest caseload in five weeks.
May 11, 2022
Valleywise doctor details precautions to take as COVID cases rise in AZ
In many ways, COVID-19 is no longer at the front of everyone’s mind. But the virus that has claimed nearly 1 million lives in the United States and more than 6 million worldwide is still out there and producing new variants.
May 10, 2022
During Cuba visit, Mexico’s president secures youth vaccines
The deal also includes a commitment to hire Cuban doctors in response to what Mexico's president calls a shortage of healthcare workers.
May 9, 2022
Moral injury drains the medical community and further imperils post-COVID-19 recovery
The pandemic shone a light on the limits of the health care system. But it also illuminated the distress that has long beleaguered doctors and nurses. Neither burnout nor PTSD, this moral injury could undermine medicine’s efforts to bounce back after COVID-19.
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May 5, 2022
AZ  COVID-19 cases, positivity rates increase
COVID-19 cases in Arizona were near all-time low levels throughout April, but cases now appear to be trending upward again in the state.
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May 4, 2022
Phoenix budget talks include hiring challenges, electric vehicles
As the Phoenix City Council prepares to approve a new budget to start in July, some members are already looking ahead to the next year.
May 4, 2022
It’s terrifying: COVID-19 long-haulers on exhaustion, uncertainty
Long COVID-19 is not well understood, but researchers estimate about 30% of people who get infected will develop long-term symptoms. That means there are potentially more than 600,000 people experiencing long COVID-19 in Arizona alone.
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May 4, 2022
Sky Harbor passenger traffic nearing pre-COVID levels
Passenger traffic at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is nearing pre-pandemic levels. Thanks to spring training and school breaks, March is usually Sky Harbor’s busiest month. The airport reported more than 4 million passengers last March, almost 6% less than March 2019.
May 2, 2022