COVID-19

Kristin Urquiza, who wrote viral COVID-19 obituary, is Biden’s debate guest

Arizona native turned COVID-19 activist Kristin Urquiza will be one of former Vice President Joe Biden’s guests at Tuesday’s presidential debate against President Donald Trump. 

As COVID death toll nears 200K, AZ groups point to GOP’s ‘lack of leadership’

A small group of people with Progressive Democrats of America and the community group Living United for Change Arizona descended on the Arizona Republican Party headquarters in Phoenix on Thursday to draw attention to the thousands of lives lost during the pandemic. 

State pushes flu vaccinations to avert flu-and-COVID-19 ‘perfect storm’

Just over two in five Arizona adults got a flu shot last year, a number state officials are desperate to improve on before the onset of both influenza and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic this fall.

Report: Arizona had highest ‘housing loss’ rate; more evictions coming

WASHINGTON – Arizona had the highest rate of “housing loss” in the nation, according to a new national study -- and that was before what experts called a “tsunami of evictions” that is expected...

AZ businesses that got $1B in pandemic aid have paid $1.7B in penalties since 2010

Arizona businesses that have received more than $1 billion in federal coronavirus aid money have faced more than $1.7 billion in penalties for various workplace violations and other issues over the past decade, a new report found.

Arizona’s unemployment benefits are pitiful. Will voters demand a change?

As an Arizonan, I’ve become accustomed to my state placing near the very bottom on important measures of a state’s long-term health and stability, such as education and childhood poverty levels. So it’s no surprise that our state is nearly dead last in terms of unemployment benefits.

Senate GOP emergency relief plan leaves out direct aid to states, cities

Senate Republicans unveiled their latest coronavirus relief proposal Tuesday but were met with swift objections from Democrats.

Ducey illegally ruling by ‘executive fiat’ to fight COVID-19, AG argues

Gov. Doug Ducey is unconstitutionally shutting down bars and ignoring other state laws through “executive fiat” during the coronavirus pandemic, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich argued Friday in a court filing.

Schools in 10 counties meet requirements for hybrid or in-person instruction

Maricopa and Pima counties are among eight counties that now meet the state’s recommended COVID-19 benchmarks for K-12 schools to begin hybrid instruction that combines in-person and remote learning, while two other counties are clear to resume in-person instruction on campus.

‘COVID denier’ professor violated ASU pandemic classroom policies

An engineering professor at Arizona State University who doesn’t believe COVID-19 is a “real pandemic” was criticized by his students after he violated university requirements that social distancing be observed in classrooms, even as coronavirus cases at the school are rapidly rising. 
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