The U.S. Federal Reserve temporarily removed lending restrictions, allowing Wells Fargo to lend to small businesses struggling to survive the coronavirus. This is the first easing on the bank following a companywide account scandal that largely centered in Arizona.
TGen, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona have formed the Arizona COVID-19 Genomics Union. The collaboration will use genomics, big data analysis and computer models to analyze and track coronavirus strains.
Social distancing measures are helping to slow the rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Maricopa County, said Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine, the county’s medical director for disease control. Sunenshine couldn’t say when it’ll be safe to relax social distancing measures. She said pulling them back too fast could result in a second peak of cases.
Legal groups want a federal judge to call an emergency timeout on in-person immigration court hearings to protect people from the coronavirus. The move is part of a recent lawsuit in which most of the detained plaintiffs are being held in Arizona.
A new report finds that migrant workers who come to the United States on agricultural guestworker visas face systemic abuse in the workplace. And the report’s authors say the coronavirus pandemic only amplifies existing flaws in the farmworker program.
Adults with traumatic brain injuries are more likely to develop diabetes and other endocrine system disorders, but scientists know far less about how this link plays out in children. A new study of Arizona children seeks to address that issue.
Some fourth-year med students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine will be allowed to graduate early, so they can start working on the COVID-19 response. But even with that happening, the ways med schools are teaching the next generation of doctors has changed.
Scientists around the world are working to learn about COVID-19, including trying to figure out the deepest aspects of how it is spread. One of the more popular elements to come about is run by Johns Hopkins University, and its map is attracting viewers from all over.
Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel recently directed her team of prosecutors to prioritize charging decisions to reduce the number of people coming into contact with the system. It’s a move to walk the fine line between public safety and public health.
Valley Metro cut transit service this week as ridership plummets. The coronavirus pandemic caused a 50% decline in light rail use and 45% decrease in bus ridership. The transit organization has stepped up efforts to clean trains, buses and facilities.
The Arizona Board of Regents’ attorney has sent a scathing five-page letter to Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Their criticism comes after Brnovich issued a legal opinion critical of the universities' handling of information related to COVID-19 cases on their campuses.
Newly appointed Arizona Department of Economic Security Director Tom Betlach has since confirmed his office is combining federal weekly benefits of $600 with the state's maximum weekly payment of $240. He said his office became overwhelmed in late March as fallout from the coronavirus shutdown shot up claims by 68% within one week.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued several new executive orders on Tuesday as the state continues to ramp up its efforts against COVID-19. Arizona’s Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said shows that 64% of the state’s ICU capacity, 68% of its medical surgical beds and 25% — or nearly 400 — of its state’s ventilators are currently in use.
As we hunker down amid the coronavirus pandemic, creatives are facing tough times, too. As creatives and teachers find themselves social distancing with the rest of us, many are switching to social media to try and turn a buck — or at least stay in digital contact with audiences they usually connect to in person.