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A COVID-19 testing site in Phoenix
The omicron variant became the dominant variant in Arizona last week, and case totals have been spiking for several weeks around the state. Arizona Public Health Association Director Will Humble says numbers are high among young adults.
Dec. 26, 2021
A COVID-19 testing site
As omicron continues to sweep the nation, healthcare services like Arizona-based Embry Health, are seeing a spike in the number of COVID testing appointments.
Dec. 24, 2021
booster shot Sonora
Just over half of the population in neighboring Sonora, Mexico is fully vaccinated going into this holiday season. More than 3.3 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in Sonora as of this week, according to state officials.
Dec. 22, 2021
mask sign
Public health policies and politics continue to collide in Arizona. Pima County is reimposing a mask requirement in public places as the omicron variant spreads. But Gov. Doug Ducey says that kind of mandate is unenforceable in the state.
Dec. 22, 2021
A mask sign at a Phoenix business
The Pima County Board of Supervisors passed a mask mandate to address the spread of COVID-19 as hospitals struggle with the latest outbreak.
Dec. 21, 2021
Banner University Medical Center in Phoenix
COVID-19 infections have slowed down slightly over the last week in Arizona, but hospitals remain extremely crowded and modeling suggests January is likely to be one of the most difficult months of the pandemic in the state.
Dec. 21, 2021
ambulance with lights on
Arizona is one of six states set to get federal aid for stressed hospitals as the omicron variant of COVID-19 spreads nationwide. The White House on Tuesday announced plans to start deploying medical personnel immediately to Arizona, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Dec. 21, 2021
COVID-19 test card
The city of Tempe ran out of the free at-home COVID-19 test kits hours after it started distributing, and the tests are also temporarily out of stock at other distributors across the Valley, including Mesa libraries.
White House sending medical personnel to assist AZ hospitals
Dec. 21, 2021
hospital hallway
Northern Arizona Healthcare executives say hospital capacity continues to be tight, with most of the COVID-19 ward being filled by unvaccinated patients.
Dec. 21, 2021
KJZZ logo generic card
The National Institutes of Health is investigating a University of Washington primate facility in Arizona after a Phoenix newspaper reported finding widespread disease with the potential to compromise science at one of the nation’s largest facilities for breeding pigtailed macaques.
Dec. 21, 2021
Susan Vespoli
It’s season’s endings for “Word” as we close out 2021. What do a former hotshot from Arizona, a Valley poet with a new collection about addiction as well as a planetary scientist and writer from Tucson have in common? They’re part of “Word.” It’s a podcast about literature in Arizona and the region.
Dec. 21, 2021
A room at an emergency department
Amid a national shortage of nurses, many Arizona hospitals cannot fully staff the few free beds they have remaining. The Maricopa County Department of Public Health says it’s taking steps to relieve the pressure.
Get the latest news on COVID-19 in Arizona
Dec. 16, 2021
nurse in a hospital
State health officials are seeking federal help for 14 Arizona hospitals dealing with the pandemic. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says it has been asked to provide staff to administer monoclonal antibodies at seven of the hospitals.
Dec. 16, 2021
COVID-19 test card
The Maricopa County Public Health Department partnered with Mesa Public Library to provide free COVID-19 test kits to the public.
Dec. 15, 2021
Valleywise Health Medical Center
Hospitalizations are reaching the highest marks they’ve ever been during the pandemic as case numbers and deaths continue to climb. Dr. Ross Goldberg is the vice chair of surgery at Valleywise Hospital. The Show spoke with him to learn what he’s seeing as things unfortunately continue to get worse.
Dec. 15, 2021
Will Humble
Will Humble is the director of the Arizona Public Health Association and the former director of the Arizona State Health Department and he weighed in on what he believes would make an effective vaccine mandate.
Dec. 14, 2021
Little girl at school wearing mask and backpack
The Maricopa County Health Department is a couple weeks into a pilot program in a Phoenix school district. The goal is to see if unvaccinated kids exposed to COVID-19 can remain in school, following certain protocols.
Get the latest news on COVID-19 in Arizona
Dec. 14, 2021
Valleywise Health Medical Center
Valleywise Health Network says its number of COVID-19 patients has risen to the same amount it was a year ago. The health-care network has been forced to postpone elective surgeries to free up available beds.
Dec. 13, 2021
Navajo Nation COVID signs
COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation appear to be plateauing after rising throughout November. But the rate of virus spread on the reservation is still high.
Dec. 9, 2021
A room at an emergency department
Inpatient beds, emergency department beds and intensive care unit beds across Arizona are all at record-high occupancy levels as of Thursday. Just 78 ICU beds remain unoccupied in the state of 7 million people.
Dec. 9, 2021

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