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Monday is the deadline for tens of thousands of health care workers in Arizona to be vaccinated for COVID-19. Banner Health, Dignity Health, HonorHealth and Valleywise Health each gave employees until Nov. 1 to get fully vaccinated.
Oct. 29, 2021
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is preparing to fight threats by the Biden administration to strip Arizona of $163 million in federal COVID-19 relief dollars for public education.
Oct. 29, 2021
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COVID-19 cases are once again trending upward on the Navajo Nation. The reservation is now averaging about 80 new cases per day — about twice as many as it was reporting a month ago.
Oct. 28, 2021
Vaccinations for some children began this week in neighboring Sonora, Mexico. The inoculations are only available for those with certain health conditions.
Oct. 27, 2021
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People who are transgender, gender nonconforming and gender nonbinary can face health care barriers ranging from negative experiences to unclear health guidelines. Now, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is adopting a policy to help address those issues.
Oct. 27, 2021
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Researchers from the University of Arizona College of Medicine say they’ve found a vaccine that effectively prevents Valley fever in dogs.
Oct. 27, 2021
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The U.S. is averaging less than half as many COVID-19 cases per day now as it was in early September. But in Arizona, cases have plateaued at a fairly high level. Apache County in the northeast corner of the state has been reporting the highest rate of new cases recently.
Oct. 26, 2021
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COVID-19 has been the leading cause of death in Arizona during the pandemic. According to a new report from the Arizona Public Health Association, COVID-19 beat out other leading causes such as heart disease and cancer in the state.
Oct. 26, 2021
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Arizona’s health department is encouraging older adults and other eligible groups to plan to get the additional shot once CDC recommendations are finalized.
Oct. 21, 2021
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Ambulance company AMR has received criticism from the Central Arizona Fire and Medical Authority for their failure to provide an ambulance in a timely manner.
Oct. 20, 2021
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Valley fever has sickened nearly 9,000 Arizonans this year. It’s more common in Arizona than in any other state. Since it’s a respiratory illness, one listener asked through KJZZ's Q&AZ reporting project, if the masks we wear to prevent COVID-19 might also prevent Valley fever.
Oct. 20, 2021
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released a study showing the effectiveness of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in adolescents aged 12 to 18. The numbers are very promising.
Oct. 20, 2021
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The newest report from America’s Health Rankings shines a light on the unique challenges faced by women and children — especially in light of the pandemic. In Arizona, in particular, it finds anxiety has increased more than 20% among children and teens since 2017.
Oct. 20, 2021
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A Food and Drug Administration panel is expected to meet next week to consider emergency use authorization for Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11. Maricopa County Public Health is already making a plan to get Arizona children vaccinated.
Oct. 19, 2021
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Arizona reported more than 5,000 new COVID-19 infections Tuesday. State health officials said the high number was a result of a reporting system update over the weekend. But on average, Arizona is still reporting more new cases per capita than much of the country is.
Oct. 19, 2021
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Public health officials have faced a challenge dealing with anti-vaccination sentiment, but this reluctance is not focused on COVID-19 vaccines alone. Dr. Shad Marvasti with the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix says the hesitancy toward the COVID-19 vaccine is expected to compound the upcoming seasonal flu season.
Oct. 19, 2021
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The blood bank Vitalant is urging blood donors to donate. They are providing more blood than they are receiving, on top of experiencing a recent increase in demand.
Oct. 18, 2021
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Arizona has the fastest growing number of cases in the nation of Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association.
Oct. 15, 2021
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Community health leaders say two new laws could help round out Arizona’s efforts to combat overdose deaths, which are on the rise even after a bipartisan effort to pass the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act in 2018.
Oct. 15, 2021
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Mexico has moved the headquarters for a program that helps migrants access healthcare from the East Coast to Phoenix. The country’s ambassador to the United States took part in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday at the Mexican Consulate office near downtown.
Oct. 13, 2021


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