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Maritza L. Félix and Valeria Fernández
Journalists Valeria Fernandez and Maritza Felix have covered immigration and immigrants in the region for many Spanish-language outlets. But in all of that reporting, they’ve seen something missing — especially for immigrant women. That’s why they’re combining forces to create a new podcast that launches May 10 called "Comadres Al Aire."
May. 10, 2021
Cars wait in line at a COVID-19 testing site in El Mirage
Tragically, Arizona’s rate of death from COVID-19 has been among the highest in the nation, with more than 17,000 lives lost. It’s a shocking number, so one listener asked through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project how the total gets calculated, and if it’s possible the number is inflated.
May. 6, 2021
nurse in a hospital
A major Phoenix hospital is paying $10 million to settle a federal court lawsuit that alleged neurosurgeons were misleading patients and submitting false claims to Medicare.
May. 5, 2021
Navajo pandemic
India leads the world in new coronavirus cases, with hundreds of thousands of infections per day and a staggering death toll. The Navajo Nation recently sent 1,200 cloth masks to India.
May. 5, 2021
SARS-CoV-2 COVID-19 coronavirus
A new study found that COVID-19 survivors have a higher risk of death and health problems. Researchers also found that doctors are using prescription opioids to manage symptoms experienced by those long haul survivors.
May. 3, 2021
Arizona State University report
Kids often experience adversity growing up. For some, it’s watching their parents go through a divorce. For others, that trauma can be experienced as child abuse or living with a parent battling addiction. Researchers know these Adverse Childhood Experiences can have lasting impacts. But a recent study shows there’s also a financial toll, impacting the entire community.
May. 3, 2021
CDC coronavirus testing sample
A South African variant of COVID-19 was detected for the first time in Mexico this week — including one case in neighboring Sonora.
Apr. 29, 2021
School ID with Teen Lifeline number printed on the back
Starting July, public high schools and colleges will be required to include crisis hotline numbers on their student IDs under a new law passed in 2020.
Apr. 27, 2021
Arizona Capitol building
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday signed a sweeping anti-abortion bill that bans the procedure if the woman is seeking it solely because a fetus has a genetic abnormality such as Down syndrome.
Apr. 27, 2021
Covid vaccine
With demand for COVID-19 vaccines slowing down, the University of Arizona will put more focus on vaccination efforts for underserved and rural communities.
Apr. 26, 2021
2019 Novel Coronavirus Model
Health officials in Mexico say 16 states are contributing to a nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases. Among those contributing to a possible third wave of the virus is neighboring Sonora.
Apr. 23, 2021
westworld vaccine site
COVID-19 vaccinations began Thursday at WestWorld of Scottsdale. The events facility is the newest mass vaccination site from Arizona’s Department of Health Services. But it opens as demand for vaccines in Arizona is slowing.
Apr. 22, 2021
person wearing a mask
Arizona’s daily COVID-19 case counts are still low compared to the state's winter peak. But a more transmissible strain continues to spread in Arizona and younger people may now be more at risk.
Q&AZ: What You Need To Know About Getting The Vaccine
Apr. 21, 2021
south mountain park
Out of the 10 largest U.S. cities, Phoenix said it was the only one that allowed smoking in city parks — until recently.
Apr. 20, 2021
meat package at a supermarket
More than 330,000 COVID-19 cases are attributable to meatpacking plants, resulting in $11.2 billion in economic damage.
Apr. 19, 2021
Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Former state health director Will Humble says Arizona made the right choice to suspend the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. But Humble is concerned about the possible public health impact if the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were to be kept on hold long-term.
Apr. 19, 2021
Vaccination card
As of Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s statistics show that over 50% of adults in America have gotten at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine. However, the University of Arizona’s Dr. Shad Marvasti says it’s important to remember that it’s still possible to get COVID-19, even after vaccination.
Apr. 18, 2021
Seniors wait to be vaccinated in Nogales, Sonora
As COVID-19 vaccinations continue a slow rollout in Mexico, some older adults in the state of Sonora are finally receiving second doses this week.
Apr. 14, 2021
María Elena Álvarez-Buylla Roces,
A new COVID-19 vaccine being developed in Mexico is ready to enter the first phase of clinical trials, and officials say if all goes well, it could be approved for emergency use by the end of the year.
Apr. 14, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said April 13 that the Johnson & Johnson one-dose vaccine has a rare but serious side effect of creating blood clots. Arizona and other states quickly pulled the vaccine off the shelf. But some like Naomi Lopez argue that approach is wrong, since the risks of complications are so low, and the risk of COVID-19 is so much higher.
Apr. 14, 2021


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