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Arizona COVID-19 News

The vaccine, case and testing data in this map comes from the Arizona Department of Health Services, and the population estimates come from the U.S. Census Bureau. You can learn more about the outbreak in Arizona at the Department of Health Services' website.

The Arizona county map shows the number of vaccine doses administered for every 100 residents, and you can click on each county for additional vaccine and testing information, including resources for accessing vaccines. PCR and serological tests are included in the test total.

Clicking on the “Deaths” or “Cases” buttons on the right will bring up circles that visualize both the total count as well as the county-level rate. Clicking on the circles will show more detailed information.

 

CDC recommends COVID-19 booster for kids 5-11
This week, the CDC recommended a COVID-19 booster shot for children 5 to 11 years old. Following the FDA’s approval of a booster on Tuesday, the CDC made its recommendation on Thursday.
Some signs point to possible slowdown of omicron wave in Mexico
A similar deceleration can be seen in case data from Sonora, though deaths are trending upward more steadily.
Jan. 25, 2022
Navajo Nation keeps cases lower than Arizona amid omicron surge
The omicron variant has pushed COVID-19 cases to record highs across Arizona in recent weeks. But on the Navajo Nation, aggressive mitigation measures appear to be preventing the most serious health outcomes.
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Jan. 25, 2022
Everything you need to know about masks right now
Public health guidance on masks is changing again, encouraging the wearing of N95 or KN95 masks because omicron is so transmissible. Dr. Shad Marvasti provided the latest guidance and advice on how to identify authentic masks.
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Jan. 25, 2022
Tucson district faces continued staffing shortages due to COVID-19
Tucson Unified School district is facing staffing struggles due to COVID-19. As of Monday, 354 teachers were out, though Tucson Unified Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo says that’s better than the week before.
Jan. 25, 2022
Gallego: Dems should take a victory lap for COVID moves
President Joe Biden’s approval rating may be suffering, but Arizona Rep. Ruben Gallego says there’s plenty the administration, and the Democratic Party, can be proud of.
Jan. 24, 2022
Arizona COVID-19 hospitalizations may not peak until mid-February
On average, Arizona is now seeing seven times as many COVID-19 cases per day as it was just a month ago and hospitals are still struggling to keep up.
As cases decline across the nation, Arizona remains bleak
Jan. 24, 2022
The pandemic has highlighted economic inequities. Will free at-home tests and masks help?
Many working families have been struggling throughout the pandemic, from health care costs to finding child care, to buying masks and at-home tests. How free N95 masks and at-home COVID-19 tests could reduce some of the inequalities seen since the pandemic began.
Jan. 24, 2022
As COVID cases decline across U.S., expert says AZ situation remains bleak
Arizona hospitals continue to bear the brunt with just 6% of inpatient and 8% of intensive care unit beds available as of Jan. 24. But omicron cases are beginning to trend down in parts of the country.
Jan. 24, 2022
Pima County opens large drive-thru COVID testing site
Its testing capacity stretched by the increase in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron wave, Pima County is opening a large new drive-thru testing site with help from the federal government.
Jan. 24, 2022
Arizona COVID-19 ICU nurse says she sees a patient die every shift
Valleywise Health COVID-19 ICU nurse Cindy Smith says having at least one patient die during her shift is now a daily occurrence, something she has never seen in her time in health care.
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Jan. 22, 2022
Ducey is suing the U.S. government to keep COVID funds
Gov. Doug Ducey is suing the federal government in an effort to keep $173 million provided to the state through the American Rescue Plan Act. The Treasury is demanding the funds be returned, and threatening to withhold future aid.
Jan. 21, 2022
More non-U.S. citizens will need to show proof of vaccination at land ports
U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents returning to the United States are exempted from the requirement.
Jan. 21, 2022
While nursing home COVID-19 cases spike, AZs numbers harder to find
Nursing homes and long-term care facilities report numbers directly to the CDC, making it hard to see state specific data.
Jan. 21, 2022
As hospitals strain under COVID-19, flu cases increase
Arizona hospitals continue to be overwhelmed by the state’s COVID-19 outbreak, but influenza cases in the state are increasing, too. Last winter’s flu season was almost nonexistent when social distancing protocols for COVID-19 helped keep other infections at bay. This year, influenza is much more widespread.
Jan. 20, 2022
How COVID-only hospitals could alleviate the strain on the health care system
In Arizona hospitals, cases continue to rise, with just 5% of inpatient beds available as of Jan. 20. So the question of what comes next in this seemingly never-ending pandemic looms. And Mike Meyer argues we should be prepared for the worst.
Jan. 20, 2022
Expert questions safety of hospitals allowing staff with COVID to work
Some hospitals have had to color outside the lines of usual standards and practices to cope with omicron's toll on patients and staff. But are they striking the right balance between safety and necessity?
Jan. 19, 2022
1 in 4 Arizonans will likely be infected by omicron
Arizona continues to average more than 20,000 COVID-19 infections per day. Modeling from the University of Arizona suggests cases will begin declining soon, but a huge portion of the state’s population will have been infected by the end of the month.
Jan. 19, 2022
How free COVID tests could reduce the spread of omicron in Latino communities
Jan. 18 marked the first day of free COVID-19 test availability for just about anybody with a mailing address. The Show spoke with Erin Garcia of Chicanos Por La Causa to learn how these tests could impact Arizona's Latino communities.
Jan. 19, 2022
Air Force team helps Yuma hospital care for patients
Needing assistance due to staff shortages and increasing numbers of COVID-19 patients, including some requiring high levels of care, Yuma Regional Medical Center applied to the federal government for help.
Jan. 18, 2022
Coconino County to hire judge to help with backlog of cases
Coconino County is using federal relief funds to address a backlog of court cases that were delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Jan. 18, 2022

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