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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.
Theres a high rate of COVID cases in the Valley. What to know 3 years into the pandemic
According to the latest Maricopa County COVID-19 dashboard, the vast majority of the Valley is dealing with “high” transmission.
July 11, 2022
Omicron BA.5 is now the dominant COVID strain in U.S.
An omicron subvariant is quickly becoming the new dominant COVID strain in Arizona and across the country.
July 9, 2022
Surgeon general sounds alarm on exhaustion crisis in health care
The U.S. surgeon general has issued an advisory saying Americans have a moral obligation to address long standing, crisis-level burnout, exhaustion and moral distress in health care. Such advisories are reserved for urgent public health concerns.
July 7, 2022
Navajo president: High vaccine rates keep uncontrolled spread of COVID from turning lethal
The Navajo Nation is now seeing uncontrolled spread of COVID-19 in more than half of its communities.
July 7, 2022
COVID-19 cases remain high in Arizona
COVID-19 transmission remains high in Arizona. The state reported 20,198 cases and 57 deaths in its weekly update Wednesday.
July 6, 2022
Why back-to-school shoppers could be disappointed
Some retailers are preparing for a rocky back to school season as COVID-19’s impact on shipping remains a big concern.
July 6, 2022
Study: Infections from other coronaviruses could influence response to COVID vaccines
A new study from Northern Arizona University and TGEN suggests immune response to COVID-19 vaccines could be shaped by previous coronavirus infections.
July 6, 2022
CDC: Most of AZ has high COVID-19 transmission levels; masks recommended
Nine of 15 Arizona counties are currently experiencing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s definition of “high” COVID-19 transmission rates, including Maricopa County.
July 4, 2022
Vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds draw big crowds in Hermosillo
Vaccinations for kids ages 5 to 11 started in Sonora and across Mexico on Monday, drawing big crowds. In Sonora, state authorities hope to eventually vaccinate some 250,000 young people in that age range.
June 28, 2022
Largest study to date finds long COVID-19 in kids 14 and under
Children can get long COVID-19, too. But research on the topic remains spotty, consisting mainly of small studies that exclude the youngest children and lack laboratory test results and control groups.
June 23, 2022
Pandemic reveals extent of human selfishness and goodwill, says professor
COVID-19’s effect on society is still clearly being felt. But how much have the past two and a half years influenced our individual behavior and how we treat other people?
June 21, 2022
A new law requires AZ hospitals to allow daily in-person visitation. Heres why hospitals support it
The pandemic saw many families unable to say goodbye to their loved ones due to visitation rules and quarantine. In response, Gov. Doug Ducey signed H.B. 2633 into law earlier this month.
June 20, 2022
Omicron might be less likely to cause long COVID
The omicron variant of coronavirus spreads more easily than earlier strains, including delta. But new research suggests omicron might have an upside: It’s less likely to cause long COVID-19.
June 20, 2022
Consistent COVID numbers may suggest a plateau in AZ
The Arizona Department of Health Services reported more than 16,000 new Covid-19 cases this week, but Deputy Director of Health Services Carla Berg says some of those cases were diagnosed in previous weeks. Berg says the department is seeing around 14,000 new cases weekly.
June 19, 2022
Countys hotel for homeless COVID patients to close
COVID-19 cases in Arizona are still rising, but as of this weekend, the Phoenix hotel where homeless individuals with the virus have been quarantining will no longer take new patients.
June 16, 2022
Arizona reports another week of increasing COVID cases
COVID-19 is still on the rise in Arizona. The state is now averaging more than 2,300 new cases per day.
June 15, 2022
AZ babies and toddlers could start getting COVID vaccines next week
Arizona's 390,000 children under the age of 5 may finally have access to COVID-19 vaccines. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday signed off on both Pfizer and Moderna’s shots for young children.
June 15, 2022
Weekly COVID-19 cases jump again in Sonora
Registration is also set to open soon for children ages five to 11 to get their coronavirus vaccines.
June 14, 2022
AZDHS recommends masks for Apache, Navajo counties
Rising COVID-19 case rates in Apache and Navajo counties have prompted the Arizona Department of Health Services to recommend wearing masks in those counties.
June 12, 2022
Sonoran Congress votes to end mask mandate
Nearly two years after a mask mandate was implemented in Sonora amid the height of the pandemic, legislators voted this week to lift the measure.
June 8, 2022