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.
PHOENIX — A federal judge Thursday blocked the Biden administration from requiring the state or any Arizona company with a federal contract to vaccinate all of its workers against COVID-19.
PHOENIX – Arizonans who have had COVID-19 shouldn’t count on immunity from the highly contagious omicron variant, which continues to spread in the state, a leading health expert said Wednesday.
PHOENIX — Federal officials are ordering Arizona to rescind its policy of giving COVID dollars only to schools without mask mandates or face having to give back $163 million in aid.
PHOENIX — A new report released by state health officials found that unvaccinated Arizonans are 31 times more likely to die of COVID-19 and nearly five times more likely to test positive for the virus than their vaccinated counterparts.
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.
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.
PHOENIX — A judge has squelched a bid by a federal worker to sue President Biden over the vaccine mandate without his name becoming public.
PHOENIX — State health officials are seeking federal help for 14 Arizona hospitals as they attempt to deal with the COVID pandemic.
PHOENIX -- The governor's chief medical adviser said Tuesday COVID infections could be cut sharply if people would do more to protect themselves, including wearing masks.
CHANDLER — In a small classroom with brick walls and dimmed lights, six students at BASIS Chandler sit quietly as they watch a presentation about mental health.
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.
PHOENIX – Two days after Monday’s deadline for health care workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the state’s largest hospital systems reported very high rates of compliance.
PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey is preparing to fight threats by the Biden administration to strip Arizona of $163 million in federal COVID-relief dollars for public education.
PHOENIX -- A new report found that COVID-19 was the leading cause of death in Arizona during the pandemic, unlike in other similar states that had more aggressive mitigation measures.
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.
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.
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.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona on Friday reported 2,830 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 19 more deaths, increasing the state's pandemic totals to 1,061,604 cases and 19,379 deaths.
PHOENIX — Arizonans are poisoning themselves with medication meant for horses and cattle in their belief it will prevent or fight COVID-19.
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.”
PHOENIX – The delta variant of COVID-19 is straining health systems across Arizona, but health officials said Wednesday there’s a way to help: Get vaccinated.
PHOENIX — A Tucson ordinance requiring city employees to get vaccinated or face suspension is illegal, Attorney General Mark Brnovich concluded Tuesday.
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey is offering up $60 million in federal cash to hospitals to help with staffing -- but only if they promote and treat some patients with early indications of COVID with monoclonal antibodies.
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.
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.
TUCSON -- An enzyme with an elusive role in severe inflammation may be a key mechanism driving COVID-19 severity and could provide a new therapeutic target to reduce COVID-19 mortality, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
PHOENIX — Arizona hospitals are begging Arizonans: Get vaccinated, wear a mask and physically distance so hospitals won’t be overrun by the “ominous” trend of new COVID-19 cases driven by the highly infectious Delta variant.
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."
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey is financially penalizing schools that impose mask mandates while offering cash vouchers to parents whose students attend one of those schools.
PHOENIX — A top doctor at the state’s Banner Health hospital network said the facilities could begin to impose capacity restrictions at the rate COVID-19 is multiplying in Arizona.
TUCSON — The University of Arizona plans to resume all classes and activities in person when school begins Aug. 23.
TUCSON — The majority of individuals who experience mild or moderate COVID-19 infection also experience long COVID, or persistent symptoms more than 30 days after they test positive, according to research data from the longitudinal CoVHORT study at the University of Arizona Health Sciences.
PHOENIX – After a brief period of decline, COVID-19 cases are back on the rise in the United States and experts say the delta variant, now deemed to be as contagious as the chickenpox, is to blame.
PHOENIX – As schools begin to open for the fall semester, the state’s top education official is frustrated by Gov. Doug Ducey’s refusal to impose a mask mandate – defying new guidance from the CDC to wear masks indoors and in public, even if vaccinated.
PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey is doubling down on his refusal to reimpose mitigation measures to help slow the increasing spread of COVID-19.
PHOENIX — Although the percentage of those unwilling to take a COVID-19 vaccine has remained unchanged since May, Arizonans are showing less concern about the risks, according to a new survey by OH Predictive Insights.
TUCSON — A new study co-authored by a University of Arizona researcher has discovered a coronavirus epidemic broke out in the East Asia region more than 20,000 years ago, with traces of the outbreak evident in the genetic makeup of people from that area.
MESA – On a recent weekday morning, Paul Petersen of Florence was one of the first to arrive at Mint Dispensary to get something not usually offered at the cannabis shop: a free COVID-19 vaccine.
TUCSON — A rise in adolescent hospitalizations in March and April led the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to urge parents to vaccinate their teenagers against COVID-19.
PHOENIX — The state’s top health official said Arizona may not meet the president’s goal of getting 70% of residents vaccinated against the coronavirus by July 4.
PHOENIX — For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, prison inmates in Arizona will be able to receive visitors, though only if they’re vaccinated and haven’t had any disciplinary issues.
NOGALES — A tractor-trailer heading across Arizona’s border with Mexico was carrying necklaces made in China that promised to create anti-viral clouds to prevent COVID-19, officials said Thursday.
PHOENIX — The state’s top health official said Friday that statements by elected lawmakers doubting the need for and safety of the COVID-19 vaccine are hampering efforts to get more Arizonans inoculated.
PHOENIX — Gigi Soltero felt the world crashing down on her, and there was nothing she could do about it.
WHITERIVER – The COVID-19 pandemic hit Native Americans especially hard. But as the spotlight turned to larger communities, including the Navajo Nation, the White Mountain Apache Tribe quietly battled to save its 15,000 members.
PHOENIX – On one of her first days working in an Arizona hospital, Kelsi Shawd placed the bodies of COVID-19 patients into cadaver bags.
PHOENIX — Education officials rebuffed Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision this week to lift the mask mandate for state schools, with many districts planning to ignore the order in a state where COVID-19 cases continue to rise.
FLORENCE — Pinal County has stopped providing the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine until further notice after federal and state health officials recommended a “pause” Tuesday.
PHOENIX — The state’s top health official said Friday she supports the idea of “vaccine passports’’ but does not want them to be something that people would have to show to enter certain businesses.
PHOENIX — State-run sites have administered their 1 millionth dose of COVID-19 vaccine, continuing Arizona’s national leadership in protecting its residents, the governor’s office said Monday.
WASHINGTON – Arizona business officials welcomed Tuesday’s extension of the Paycheck Protection Program, a multibillion-dollar pandemic-relief program for businesses that one official said has been “keeping people open from day to day” over the past year.
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey is not taking any action to curb the decisions of some cities and counties to ignore his directive that they scrap their mask mandates.
FLORENCE -- The Pinal County Health Department reports that more than 132,000 doses of the COVID vaccine have been administered so far.
PHOENIX -- Reversing course, the state's top health official has agreed to let Pima County work with the federal government to set up its own vaccination sites that could inoculate about 210,000 residents.
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…
PHOENIX — The state’s top health official said Friday there’s no reason to continue to limit business occupancy, prohibit large group gatherings and require customers to wear masks because Arizona hospitals now have plenty of space.
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.
PHOENIX — Rows of cardboard boxes containing corpses line the walls of refrigerated storage containers, waiting for charred human remains to be cleared from the incineration chamber to make room for the next body.
PHOENIX -- Declaring the pandemic effectively over in Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey is abolishing all the restrictions that remain on businesses and public gatherings.
PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey will be in Tucson on Wednesday to visit the state-run COVID-19 vaccine site at the University of Arizona and receive his second vaccine dose.
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's state-run outdoor vaccination sites will switch to nighttime operations or shut down next month in anticipation of hotter temperatures, the state's top health official said Friday.
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.
WASHINGTON – Children from 6 months up to 12 years old could soon start getting the COVID-19 vaccine in Phoenix as part of a trial of the drug’s effectiveness on young people.
TEMPE -- The COVID-19 pandemic has been a major stressor for America’s health care system. While simultaneously losing revenue, hospitals saw massive surges in sick patients, shortages of equipment and staff, and massive burnout among their front-line workers.
FLORENCE -- More than 100,000 vaccine doses have been administered in Pinal County, the county's top health official says.
PHOENIX — Four Arizona doctors on Friday assailed Gov. Doug Ducey’s plan to return to mostly normal operations as vaccinations against COVID-19 ramp up, warning that the coronavirus that causes the disease remains out of control.
PHOENIX – Educators across the state Thursday were calling Gov. Doug Ducey’s surprise back-to-school order disruptive, challenging and frustrating, a last-minute complication to reopening plans that many schools already had in the works.
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.
TEMPE – More than 16,000 Arizonans have died from COVID-19 over the past year, and many survivors haven’t had the chance to properly grieve their loved ones.
GLOBE — In most parts of the country, getting a coronavirus vaccine can feel like trying to win the lottery, scouring the internet for appointments under complex eligibility standards that vary from state to state, and even county to county.
PHOENIX -- Citing medical risks for older adults, state health officials are now making COVID-19 vaccines available for adults at least 55 years old.
PHOENIX -- The state's top health official said Friday the anticipated approval of the new Johnson & Johnson vaccine could be a "game changer'' in the fight against COVID-19.
CASA GRANDE — Latonya Jordan-Smith endured shortness of breath, a deep wet cough, congestion, fever, body aches and fatigue in her fight with COVID-19.
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?
WASHINGTON – Health officials confirmed COVID-19 in another 1,310 Arizonans Wednesday and reported that 43 more people died from the disease, according to the latest numbers from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
PHOENIX (AP) — With COVID-19 cases dipping and teachers getting vaccinated, some Arizona school districts are looking to return to in-person learning as early as next month.
FLORENCE — Vaccine shipments destined for Pinal County last week have been recalled by the maker because of possible contamination due to delays caused by severe winter weather, health officials say.
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…
PHOENIX — Winter storms engulfing much of the U.S. are delaying shipments of COVID-19 vaccines and supplies, forcing delays to long-awaited appointments for some Arizona residents.
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.
PHOENIX – Primary care physicians in Arizona say making COVID-19 vaccines available in their offices would help seniors who have struggled to make online appointments.
TEMPE -- COVID-19 has imposed a heavy toll on the entire United States, but the pandemic has been particularly brutal among Indigenous communities.
FLORENCE — More than 1,200 people received their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine this past week at the Florence Community Center after a U.S. government team arrived to help expedite the shots.
PHOENIX — Acknowledging a disparity, the state’s top health official said efforts are underway to get more vaccines into the arms of more members of minority and underserved communities.
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.
PHOENIX — Citing the unusual circumstances of the pandemic, a legislative panel voted Thursday to provide some protections from lawsuits for medical professionals and business operators.
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.
PHOENIX – As the daughter of a medical technician, Hanna Hyland was raised to put her faith in science. But Hyland, 18, also was raised as a person of color in a country with a health care system marred by historic instances of racism.
PHOENIX — Arizona faith leaders gathered Wednesday to share a strong message with their congregations and the public: the COVID-19 vaccine is safe and effective, and getting vaccinated is the best way to end this pandemic.
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.
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.