Health

Only YOU can prevent the spread of coronavirus — because our feckless leaders won’t

We’ve heard the same mantra for months: mask up, wash your hands, physically distance, yadda, yadda, yadda. I don’t wish to downplay the message. We all need to do our part to control the spread...

Arizona breaks weekly record for new COVID cases

Arizona has set a new record for the number of cases of COVID-19 reported in a seven-day period, with over 25,000 cases being reported in the past week.  The previous high-water mark was July 5-11,...

Why face masks belong at your Thanksgiving gathering

COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives, and it is poised to completely disrupt the holiday season. As people make holiday plans and think about ways to reduce the risks to their loved ones, a...

Arizona nearing ICU capacity, reports that some hospitals have none left

As Arizona continues to post higher counts of COVID-19 patients, intensive care unit beds are becoming increasingly hard to come by, especially in rural areas of the state. 

Mayors say ‘now is the time’ for the statewide mask mandate Ducey opposes

The mayors of Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff and Tolleson are calling on Gov. Doug Ducey to institute a statewide mask mandate as COVID-19 cases in the state continue to rise.

As states face the loss of federal help amid ‘the worst part of the crisis,’ Washington is at a...

WASHINGTON — The number of coronavirus infections across the country is swelling at a perilous time for state governments, just weeks before federal support rushed through Congress in the pandemic’s early stages is set to end.  

Biden promises ‘no national shutdown’ despite surge in COVID-19

WASHINGTON — President-elect Joe Biden pressed the urgent need for economic relief and a vaccine distribution plan for states and tribes after a video meeting Thursday with bipartisan leaders of the National Governors Association. But...

Few Arizonans get a flu shot: What does that mean for a COVID vaccine?

Arizona public health officials are readying for a rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine in the coming months, but data by health researchers on flu vaccinations suggests that Arizonans might opt not to seek out the vaccination. 

No new restrictions as Ducey warns pandemic end is ‘not on the horizon’

Gov. Doug Ducey will not enact a statewide mask mandate or other new restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19 as the state faces rising case numbers, hospitalizations and deaths from the disease amid a nationwide resurgence of the coronavirus.

More than a quarter of those living in COVID hot zones live in poverty

COVID cases in Arizona are rising sharply in November, and the ZIP codes that have been getting hit the hardest have more than a quarter of their population living below the poverty line. 
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