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PHOENIX — Two years after declaring an emergency in response to what was then a newly emerging COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Doug Ducey is rescinding that declaration, along with a host of public health policies implemented to curb the spread of the virus.

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PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey is doubling down in his fight with public schools over their virus policies, offering cash to parents to send their kids to private or parochial schools if a school — or even a classroom — has to shut down for even one day due to an outbreak of COVID-19.

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Latest updates from the City of Casa Grande: https://casagrandeaz.gov/covid19/

Arizona Department of Health Services: https://www.azdhs.gov/

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PHOENIX – Giggles fill the room as Ruth Melgar tickles her infant son and gives him kisses. Her 3-year-old son stands by the bed and watches his little brother in amazement. But just a few months ago, with COVID-19 infections surging again, Melgar worried about getting vaccinated while pregnant.

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PHOENIX — With his legal challenges to vaccine and mask mandates rejected by a federal judge, Attorney General and U.S. Senate candidate Mark Brnovich now wants Gov. Doug Ducey to order lawmakers back to the Capitol in hopes of a legislative fix.

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PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey has no immediate plans for how — or even if — he will try to sanction the three state universities that are requiring faculty and staff to be vaccinated despite his orders to the contrary.

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CASA GRANDE — The Casa Grande Elementary School District is partnering with Albertsons/Safeway to host a free vaccination clinic Tuesday. The district confirmed that the goal is to get more students age 12-17 and their families vaccinated, although anyone in the community is welcome.

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PHOENIX — A new statewide poll suggests there may be little, if anything that Gov. Doug Ducey and his new $400-an-hour health adviser can do to convince many more Arizonans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 than already have made that decision.

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WASHINGTON – Gov. Doug Ducey’s threat to withhold funding from schools that impose mask mandates took a severe hit Thursday, when the White House said local school districts can apply directly to the federal government “to restore funding withheld by state leaders.”

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PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday he's not interested in revisiting the ban on mask mandates despite new data showing schools that don't require face coverings are twice as likely to have an outbreak of COVID as those who have defied his edict.

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PHOENIX -- As COVID-19 infections surge in Arizona schools, sickening thousands of students and staff and forcing thousands more into quarantine, parents—and the public at large—have been left without a comprehensive picture of where Arizona students and educators are contracting the virus.

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APACHE JUNCTION — State Sen. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, invited other elected officials Wednesday to sign a proclamation against the mandated use of face coverings, “reaffirming our commitment to the rights of our constituents here in Pinal County."

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FLORENCE — Pinal County has adequate supplies of COVID-19 vaccine and the demand for it appears to be waning.

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PHOENIX -- Leaders of hospitals across Arizona are voicing disapproval with Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision to roll back local mask mandates and business restrictions meant to stop the spread of COVID-19, and the state’s public health chief said Friday the governor did not consult hospitals befor…

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MESA -- An outdoor state-run COVID-19 mass vaccination site in Chandler will be replaced April 5 by a drive-thru operation inside a large business warehouse in Mesa in advance of approaching hot weather, the Department of Health Services announced Friday.

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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's most populous county on Thursday began providing COVID-19 vaccinations to willing jail inmates who are 55 or over, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office announced.

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TUCSON -- To better understand the complexities of the immune response to the novel coronavirus and evaluate the viral immunity of Arizona essential workers, a University of Arizona Health Sciences research team has been conducting a COVID-19 study since last summer.

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ELOY — While allowing more drugstores to administer COVID-19 vaccine will help speed up the process for cities that have that amenity, the residents of Eloy have been left with one question: What about us?

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TUCSON -- One in three Arizona households experienced job disruptions in the first four months of the COVID-19 pandemic, but Hispanic and low-income households were some of the hardest hit, according to recent survey data compiled by researchers in the University of Arizona Department of Agr…

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FLORENCE — Pinal County has seen 55,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered, Interim County Manager Leo Lew told the Board of Supervisors Wednesday. He noted this is 10,000 more than the county’s number of confirmed cases.

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PHOENIX – On a recent weekday morning, Liz Northcott, 78, logged onto her home computer, went to Arizona’s COVID-19 vaccination registration site and tried her best to make an appointment. Two frustrating hours later, she found a phone number to call instead.

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COOLIDGE — The Coolidge Unified School District has been engaged in a remote learning model since the end of last year. However, while the benchmarks remain in the red countywide, Coolidge took a major step toward an eventual reopening of schools this week.

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PHOENIX⁠ — Gov. Doug Ducey is calling on Arizona’s congressional delegation to help meet the urgent need for additional supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine and secure funding for its distribution.

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PHOENIX — COVID-19 infections in Arizona appeared to be leveling off last week when officials confirmed that a variant of the virus, first found in the United Kingdom, had been found in Pinal and Maricopa counties.

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