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A COVID-19 testing site in Phoenix
Its testing capacity stretched by the increase in COVID-19 cases due to the omicron wave, Pima County is opening a large new drive-thru testing site with help from the federal government.
Jan. 24, 2022
In Arizona hospitals, cases continue to rise, with just 5% of inpatient beds available as of Jan. 20. So the question of what comes next in this seemingly never-ending pandemic looms. And Mike Meyer argues we should be prepared for the worst.
Jan. 20, 2022
Dental chair
An Arizona Senate panel voted unanimously Wednesday to allow dentists to provide Botox treatments and dermal fillers for cosmetic purposes.
Jan. 20, 2022
Valley fever coccidioides fungus
Valley Fever is a growing problem in the Southwest as cases rise. Now, both Arizona senators are sponsoring legislation that would put $500 million toward research for a vaccine against the infection.
Jan. 20, 2022
Joshua LaBaer
Some hospitals have had to color outside the lines of usual standards and practices to cope with omicron's toll on patients and staff. But are they striking the right balance between safety and necessity?
Jan. 19, 2022
Smashroom participant
Have you ever felt so angry that you just want to break something into a million pieces? One smash room in the Valley is giving patients and their caregivers an outlet for their anger and depression.
More arts and entertainment news
Jan. 19, 2022
gavel in a courtroom
Coconino County is using federal relief funds to address a backlog of court cases that were delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Jan. 18, 2022
man with head in hand
In Fall 2021, the Joint Legislative Psychiatric Hospital Review Council convened to discuss how to reform Arizona's mental health system. The Show spoke with a member of the council, Carol Olson, to learn about what could be on the horizon for those struggling with mental illnesses.
Jan. 17, 2022
Jesús Quintana and his son Ethan
In neighboring Sonora, Mexico, health officials say there are no plans to put a pause on in-person learning in the state, despite a major spike in COVID-19 cases.
Jan. 14, 2022
covid testing and vaccine signs
Arizona on Friday set another record for new daily COVID-19 cases. The state added 20,257 cases to its daily dashboard. It is the first time Arizona has reported more than 20,000 infections on a single day.
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Jan. 14, 2022
covid vaccine
Gov. Doug Ducey’s office said the pandemic has taken a heartbreaking toll as the state surpasses 25,000 total deaths from COVID-19. But the governor’s office did not respond to several questions from KJZZ News about the state’s pandemic response.
Jan. 13, 2022
COVID-19 testing site in Phoenix
New COVID-19 infections in Arizona hit an all-time high Wednesday. Meanwhile, hospitals in the state are reporting they’re dangerously overcrowded and understaffed. But the state’s health department is not planning any new changes to its pandemic response.
Jan. 12, 2022
Sonora teacher booster
Teachers in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, are getting COVID-19 booster shots this week. Officials hope it’s a step toward bringing more students back to classrooms.
Jan. 12, 2022
A sign for a testing site in Phoenix
Arizona set a single-day record for new COVID-19 infections Wednesday. The state reported 18,783 new cases, breaking a record set in January of 2021.
Jan. 12, 2022
Mesa Police Department headquarters.
Though many cities have announced efforts to step up training and focus on mental health issues, it can still be a challenge. To better understand what challenges departments are facing, The Show spoke with Amanda Stamps, a longtime Mesa police officer and program coordinator for the department’s Crisis Intervention Team.
Jan. 12, 2022
 at home covid test box
Less than a week after approving more than $1 million to buy at-home COVID tests for residents, Phoenix considers spending another $10 million.
More Arizona business news
Jan. 11, 2022
A sign points the way to the emergency department
Arizona is reporting record numbers of new COVID-19 infections, averaging more than 13,000 cases per day recently. The surge in cases continues to cause havoc in the state’s hospitals. Banner Health, the state's largest hospital system, is reporting staffing shortages and disruptions of some services.
Jan. 11, 2022
COVID-19 test card
Insurance plans will either reimburse or cover the purchase up front for up to eight tests per individual on the plan per month.
Jan. 11, 2022
sherry stotler
Hospitals are struggling with staffing issues as their beds fill up, leaving some facilities like Valleywise Health to turn to travel nurses — some who may have formerly worked there.
Jan. 11, 2022
blood donation
Vitalant, which serves 900 hospitals across the country, including 62 in Arizona, has announced a national blood shortage. Sue Thew with Vitalant says the supply of all blood types is critically low, especially Type O, which is currently at less than half capacity.
Jan. 11, 2022

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