COVID-19

Arizona hospitals fuller than ever due to COVID spike

As 2020 comes to a close, Arizona hospital beds are filling up with COVID-19 patients at a historic rate. There are currently more hospital beds occupied by COVID patients in Arizona than at any point...

Health care, restaurant, tech companies among top PPP recipients in Arizona

Arizona businesses got up to $8.6 billion dollars in Paycheck Protection Program loans from the federal government due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic but some businesses got far more money than others, specifically chain...

Congress passes massive ‘first step’ in pandemic relief with $900B package

WASHINGTON — Congress on Monday night approved the first major COVID-19 relief measure since the spring, a sprawling spending bill that would provide $900 billion in pandemic-related aid but still didn’t go far enough...

Every Arizona business that got a PPP loan and how much they got

Arizona businesses received more than 85,000 emergency pandemic loans worth $8.6 billion under the Paycheck Protection Program. The loans were used to keep a claimed 887,000 workers employed, according to data released this week by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Congress strikes deal on new pandemic relief after settling dispute over Fed lending

WASHINGTON — A deal on a coronavirus relief package finally emerged on Sunday night, after members of Congress resolved a days-long impasse over a provision sought by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania to...

Prison COVID outbreak spurs call to release vulnerable inmates early

Amid an outbreak of coronavirus infections in Arizona prisons that reportedly killed one of the wardens, activists and parents of incarcerated people are calling on Gov. Doug Ducey and state corrections officials to do more to protect inmates from COVID-19, starting with releasing inmates to relieve overcrowding in the state’s prisons.

Workers’ COVID-19 lawsuits could be quashed under GOP push in Congress

WASHINGTON — A wrongful death lawsuit filed in connection with a Tyson meat packing facility in Iowa alleged that managers secretly took bets on how many employees would get sick from COVID-19.

Ducey lauds start of vaccinations, warns of long road ahead with no new restrictions

After touring a site where a group of health care workers will become some of the first people in Arizona to receive COVID-19 vaccinations, Gov. Doug Ducey celebrated the “miracle of modern medicine” that is expected to tame the pandemic, while cautioning the public that the crisis is far from over.

Tree planting project in South Phoenix to remember COVID-19 victims, survivors

Two local nonprofits have launched a new project in South Phoenix that seeks to commemorate people who have died from COVID-19 and those who have survived the deadly respiratory disease. 

Size of the surge: ICU beds up 40% since summer, but still near capacity

Recently released data shows that Arizona has increased its intensive care unit bed capacity by 44% since the end of July — ICU beds that are now largely filled as the coronavirus pandemic has continued to break records in the state.
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