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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.
UA doctor: Beating the summer heat may lead to increased COVID spread
As temperatures continue to rise in Arizona, more people will be spending time indoors to escape the heat. Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona says this may lead to an increase in COVID-19 cases.
April 12, 2022
As COVID-19 mandates end, how do older adults and people with disabilities feel?
Two years — and several COVID-19 surges — have passed since the World Health Organization declared a pandemic. Now life seems to be returning to normal — for some. There are two populations that were hit hard by the virus: older adults and people living with disabilities.
April 12, 2022
Armed with laptop and data, a graduate student became go-to source on the Sonoran pandemic
If you want to know what’s going on with the coronavirus pandemic in neighboring Sonora, arguably the best source isn’t the state government, a news outlet or a well-staffed NGO: it’s a single graduate student with a passion for turning big data into clear insight.
April 12, 2022
How the pandemic exacerbated Phoenixs housing crisis
The census is out with new numbers that show just how many people moved around the country during the pandemic — and Phoenix is coming out on top.
April 11, 2022
Free COVID-19 testing money has run out. What will that mean for Arizonans?
The end of federal support for free COVID-19 testing has had some direct impacts in Arizona. Embry Health says it has shut down 60 testing sites as of the beginning of the month. And after initially saying the company would continue testing patients for free regardless of whether they had insurance or not, it’s now charging uninsured customers $100 per test.
April 11, 2022
Phoenix leaders pushing to hire public health adviser
COVID-19 has some Phoenix leaders pushing for a new public health adviser position. At the height of lockdowns and high community spread, Phoenix hired a public health consultant to provide guidance and review city policies.
April 11, 2022
Many who take at-home COVID-19 tests misunderstand FDA instructions
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved more than 10 at-home coronavirus tests to help people protect themselves and others. But research suggests confusing instructions by the agency might undermine those safeguards.
April 9, 2022
AZ stops reporting hospital COVID data, says it will resume
As of last week, health department data showed there were fewer COVID-19 patients in Arizona’s inpatient beds and ICU beds than at any point in two years, but this week, those numbers weren’t updated. The state health department is making some changes to the way it tracks the pandemic.
April 8, 2022
Why Arizona could soon see an influx of Canadians
Starting April 1, 2022, the Canadian government no longer required fully-vaccinated travelers to be COVID-tested before re-entering the country.
April 5, 2022
Navajo Nation eases COVID restrictions as cases decline
Throughout the pandemic, the Navajo Nation has had a much stricter approach to COVID-19 than surrounding states. But as cases decline, the reservation plans to relax some long-standing business restrictions.
April 5, 2022
Embry Health shutters dozens of COVID testing sites in AZ
Embry Health has been Arizona's largest provider of free COVID-19 testing. But starting April 5, they’re shuttering 60 testing sites throughout Arizona and charging uninsured patients $100 per test.
April 4, 2022
Navajo Nation keeps emergency declaration as experts watch BA.2 variant
Like much of Arizona and the rest of the country, the Navajo Nation has seen a significant slowdown in the prevalence of COVID-19 cases. But health officials remain vigilant in watching out for the possible impact of the BA.2 omicron variant, and the Nation’s emergency declaration remains in effect.
April 1, 2022
AZ COVID hospital bed use drops to lowest level in 2 years
There are now fewer COVID-19 patients in Arizona’s intensive care units or inpatient hospital beds than at any point since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest COVID-19 data update from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
March 30, 2022
As mask rules change, heres how to navigate social situations
Masks are coming off around the country as mandates end and cases drop. But there are still people who feel more comfortable keeping them on. So how do we navigate this, especially among friends and family who may be making different choices?
March 30, 2022
A new COVID variant is now the dominant strain. But that doesnt mean another surge for AZ
In Arizona and across much of the country, the number of COVID infections has been dropping. And many of the restrictions that had been put in place over the course of the last couple of years have been lifted. But some are concerned with the spread of the omicron subvariant BA.2.
March 29, 2022
Health department will address questions about COVID vaccines for kids
Arizonans with questions about COVID-19 vaccines for kids can join a health department town hall Tuesday evening. Less than one-third of Arizona kids ages 5 to 11 have been vaccinated since the shots became available last fall.
March 29, 2022
Bill extends medical licenses given during state of emergency
Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill into law Friday that would extend the lifespan of temporary medical licenses, which would have become invalid if he ended the ongoing state of emergency declared at the beginning of the pandemic.
March 28, 2022
AZ Senate advances bill to bar COVID vaccine requirements for public schools
State lawmakers are moving to permanently bar health officials from requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend public schools.
March 24, 2022
 COVID-19 conditions improve in Arizona
Arizona’s COVID-19 outbreak continues to show signs of dramatic improvement. The latest numbers from Arizona’s health department show the state has been averaging about 650 COVID-19 cases per day recently — the lowest average since last July.
March 23, 2022
COVID-19 reveals, deepens mental, physical and educational crises among young people
Troubling trends in education, physical health and mental well-being among young people predate COVID-19. But the pandemic’s disruptions of daily routines, emotional support networks and vaccination rates have raised those concerns to crisis levels.
March 23, 2022