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What does end of COVID-19 emergency mean for Title 42?
Title 42 is a public health protocol enacted at the onset of the pandemic that restricts asylum at the border. This week the administration announced the public health emergency it's tied to is set to end May 11.
Vaccination rates in kindergarteners dropped last year
Vaccinations can shield students against certain preventable diseases. But new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research shows rates of kindergartners receiving required shots have dropped since last year, likely due to disruptions caused by the pandemic.
April 21, 2022
12 rural health care groups to get $5 million in federal funds
A dozen groups across Arizona will share $5.1 million in federal funding through last year’s American Rescue Plan Act.
April 21, 2022
Cranky Flier: Ditching masks wont affect air travels recovery
A federal judge effectively ended the Biden administration’s mask mandate on public transport, including airplanes, this week. And almost immediately, major airlines and airports around the country told travelers they can shed their masks.
April 21, 2022
Vaccine kept children out of hospitals during omicron
Not long before omicron rose to prominence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded its Emergency Use Authorization to make children 5–11 eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. A new CDC study shows the vaccine helped keep children out of hospitals and off ventilators – if they received it.
April 20, 2022
Arizona COVID-19 cases remain relatively low
The latest COVID-19 update from the Arizona Department of Health Services shows cases are down slightly from last week.
April 20, 2022
As mask requirements end, COVID protection comes down to personal choice
This week, a federal judge effectively ended the Biden administration’s TSA mask mandate. But the debate over public health continues.
April 20, 2022
Valley Metro drops mask requirement for riders, employees
A federal judge this week struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's order requiring masks on airplanes and other forms of mass transit. That includes Valley Metro’s trains and buses.
April 19, 2022
Bill banning COVID vaccine mandates heads to Duceys desk
Republican state senators approved a bill to ban the government at the state, county or municipal level from mandating vaccines for COVID-19 or any variant of the virus.
April 18, 2022
What it means for federal state of emergency to be extended for COVID
Although Gov. Doug Ducey ended the state of emergency for COVID-19 in Arizona a couple weeks ago, the federal government has extended its emergency declaration until July.
April 15, 2022
Mexico to begin rolling out COVID vaccines for children
After long delaying COVID-19 vaccinations for most minors, the Mexican government says children under 15 will now be eligible for the jab.
April 14, 2022
AZ COVID outbreak still showing signs of improvement
The Arizona Department of Health Services has stopped reporting some information on COVID-19 hospitalizations. But the data that is still available suggests Arizona’s outbreak is continuing to improve.
April 13, 2022
Refugee community urges council to support community center
As Phoenix city council members consider how to spend its next allotment of federal relief funds, they’re prioritizing homelessness and low-income housing but some say the city needs to give special attention to a specific population.
April 13, 2022
Sonoran health officials announce zero COVID cases, deaths
Sonora's governor also announced that another 100,000 vaccine doses would soon arrive for those who have yet to receive theirs.
April 12, 2022
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