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Arizona Still Leads World COVID-19 Cases Per Capita
New cases of COVID-19 in Arizona may be heading down after two weeks of record-breaking case reporting. But Arizona is still leading the world in average new confirmed COVID-19 cases per capita.
Adults 65 And Older Now Eligible To Receive COVID-19 Vaccine
On Jan. 19, in some places around the state, the pool of people who can get vaccinated for COVID-19 is opening up by a lot. The state Department of Health Services is recommending that counties allow people age 65 and older to be allowed to sign up for vaccination.
Jan. 19, 2021
Why Renewable Energy Projects Could Threaten Tribal Lands
President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn into office tomorrow in Washington, D.C. With that comes a lot of expectations from interested parties around the country — including tribes.
Jan. 19, 2021
Maricopa Native Seed Library Aims To Preserve Desert Plants
When we think about nature, a lot of us probably think about going out into the wilderness, hitting a hiking trail, maybe seeing a national park. But for Danielle Carlock, nature can, and should, be something we experience all around us — even in our yards or on a windowsill. Carlock is a librarian at Scottsdale Community College by trade, but her most recent project involves a different kind of library — a seed library.
Jan. 18, 2021
UA Health Expert: Wear A Mask Even After Vaccine
Even people who’ve recovered from the coronavirus or already gotten the shot should keep taking precautions, according to an expert at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Jan. 17, 2021
Q&AZ: What You Need To Know About Getting The Vaccine
Coronavirus vaccines are in limited supply nationwide. Right now, vaccines are available only to prioritized populations. More people will be able to access vaccines as more doses are manufactured and shipped to states. KJZZ has been getting a lot of questions about the rollout of the vaccine in Arizona and how to access it. Here's what we know.
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Wuhan Study: 75% Of COVID-19 Patients Have Symptoms 6 Months Later
World Health Organization representatives are visiting Wuhan, China, to investigate COVID-19’s origins. But research in that city is already lending valuable detail to experts’ sketchy image of the disease’s long-term effects.
Jan. 15, 2021
AZ Tops Study Of COVID-19 Pediatric Hospitalization Rates
Amid an uncontrolled pandemic, the decision to hold or cancel in-person K-12 classes hinges in part on early evidence that children face less risk from COVID-19. But research shows they are far from immune.
Jan. 14, 2021
Vaccinations Ramp Up Statewide While Testing Drops, ICUs Near Capacity
As Maricopa County and others move into Phase 1B of vaccine distribution here, more Arizonans are able to schedule COVID-19 appointments to get their shots. But the light at the end of the tunnel is, for now, eclipsed by the still skyrocketing numbers of new infections in our state.
Jan. 14, 2021
AZ Attempts Unprecedented Mass Vaccination Plan As Virus Surges
How will we get enough people vaccinated to stop the pandemic? It’s a major logistical question. One strategy states are turning to is mass vaccination. In Arizona, that’s now happening around the clock at an NFL stadium.
Health Leaders: Arizona Will Face Triage Conditions Within 'Days Or Weeks'
Jan. 14, 2021
Arizona To Open Second Stadium For Vaccine Distribution
All the January appointments for COVID-19 vaccines at the State Farm Stadium site have been filled. But Gov. Doug Ducey and the state Department of Health Services are launching a second state vaccination site.
Jan. 14, 2021
Rate Of Positive COVID-19 Tests Tops 40% In State
On the heels of Arizona’s record COVID-19 deaths, the state’s positivity rate for coronavirus tests has reached an alarming high.
Jan. 13, 2021
Leaders: AZ Will Face Triage Conditions Within Days Or Weeks
Leaders of five major medical systems Wednesday warned that, unless coronavirus spread in the state is brought under control, hospitals will have to institute Crisis Standards of Care within “days or weeks.”
Jan. 13, 2021
Christ: Potential To Vaccinate 12,000 People Daily At Stadium Site
Wednesday was the second day of COVID-19 vaccine distribution at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. The Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said they hope to provide about 6,000 shots per day at the site.
Jan. 13, 2021
All Of Our COVID-19 Vaccine Questions Answered
As the numbers of new COVID-19 infections here continue to rise, so do the efforts to distribute vaccines to people throughout Maricopa County. But as economic and political leaders bank on the new vaccines to bring life back to normal — and quickly — others warn that the vaccine might not be the silver bullet.
Jan. 12, 2021
Wildish Covers Complex Treatment Of Wild Horses
The issue of wild horses and burros in the West, what to do with them and the government’s role in managing the population has been a contentious one for many years. A new podcast delves into the issue, and introduces listeners to some of the nuances in dealing with these animals.
Jan. 12, 2021
What Vaccination Process Looked Like In Glendale
As Maricopa County has moved into Phase 1B of COVID-19 vaccination, the Arizona Cardinals’ home State Farm Stadium was put into effect as a major inoculation site. Taylor Seely of the Arizona Republic was on-site Jan. 11, and The Show spoke with her for more about what the process looked like.
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Jan. 12, 2021
How Big Tech And Automakers Coexist In Autonomous Car Production
High-tech firms like Google and Uber and longtime stalwarts of the auto industry like Ford, GM, and Honda have made it clear that wider use of autonomous cars is just around the corner. Alex Davies writes about the progress of the past two decades in the new book "Driven."
Jan. 12, 2021
COVID-19 Cases Continue Spiking As Vaccine Rollout Underway
Jan. 11 marks the start of the second phase of Maricopa County’s vaccine distribution. The county is entering Phase 1B in its vaccination plan. The Show spoke with Will Humble, former state health director and current executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association.
Jan. 11, 2021
Nursing Home Caregiver Talks About Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine
Some Arizona nursing home caregivers are still waiting to get the COVID-19 vaccine, but that’s only part of the story. KJZZ talked to one caregiver who got the shot. She has this account.
Jan. 11, 2021
Homebound Seniors Largely Forgotten When It Comes To Vaccine
Arizona's homebound seniors are people who really don’t leave their homes. They may go to a doctor’s appointment, but often rely on volunteers for a ride or food shopping. And they are just as vulnerable to COVID-19 as older adults in long-term care.
Jan. 11, 2021