Arizona third-worst in per capita health care workers amid pandemic

Arizona is lacking hospital space and intensive care beds as the state grapples with COVID-19, and it also is among the worst in the country for the number of health care workers available to treat those who fall ill.

Inability to collect signatures online hampers county, local candidates

A confluence of circumstances is making it extremely difficult for many candidates to collect the signatures they need in order to get their names on the ballot amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, and those running for county, municipal and other local offices, there’s an additional obstacle in the way – the inability to collect signatures online.

Current, former elected officials weigh in on Brnovich request to Supreme Court

Current and former statewide officials are weighing in on Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s request that the Arizona Supreme Court recognize the broad legal powers he claims. Which side they are coming down on has much less to with partisan affiliation than with which office they held.

Trump reluctantly invoked an obscure wartime power. Here’s what it means.

As his administration came under fire for its handling of the COVID-19 outbreak, President Donald Trump last week invoked an obscure Korean War-era law to force General Motors to manufacture ventilators that could save patients’ lives. 

ICE: Detainee at La Palma facility in Eloy tests positive for COVID-19

A 45-year-old immigrant from Guatemala detained at the La Palma Correctional Center in Eloy has tested positive for COVID-19, marking the first coronavirus case confirmed in an Arizona immigration detention center, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

Congress preps for next COVID-19 relief bill, focused on infrastructure

Congress is gearing up for additional COVID-19 response legislation that aims to build on the first three massive relief packages. 

ASU aiming to produce thousands of COVID-19 test kits, process tests

Arizona State University said it is ready to help state efforts to mitigate the viral spread of COVID-19 by conducting 400 tests a day and producing thousands of coronavirus test kits using automation and robots. 

COVID-19 demands we all make sacrifices for the common welfare

Our personal inconvenience or temporary hardship actually contributes to the common welfare. We know how to revive an economy, but not a lost human life. The images of New York’s hospitals are harrowing, and they predict our future.

As COVID-19 cases climb, legislature unlikely to return in 2 weeks

The legislature is unlikely to reconvene on April 13, the target date it set when it put the 2020 session on hiatus in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, a top Republican said Tuesday.

COVID-19 threatens the census. At stake: money, political power

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to make the census count even more difficult than usual, which could exacerbate the inequitable distribution of resources in Arizona and other states

State health officials don’t know how many COVID-19 hospitalizations there are

The Arizona Department of Health Services doesn’t know how many Arizonans have been hospitalized for COVID-19, despite a mandate from the governor requiring all hospitals to report such information. 

Ducey orders ‘enhanced physical distancing’ to slow COVID-19 spread

Gov. Doug Ducey has issued an executive order implementing “enhanced physical distancing” to slow the spread of COVID-19, rejecting the stricter and more expansive stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders that other states have used. 

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