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Spike in COVID cases among unvaccinated could bring third surge in Arizona

BY: - July 21, 2021

Approximately 99% of those who have passed away from the COVID-19 virus since the start of this year were unvaccinated, and 92% of all cases in June came from unvaccinated Arizonans as experts warn that the state is seeing signs of a third wave of infections.  “Things are definitely accelerating,” said Dr. Joshua LaBaer, executive […]

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Is another surge coming? Sharply rising COVID-19 cases worry health experts

BY: - July 16, 2021

Arizona had been seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases but new data is showing that cases are continuing to rise, with 11 of the state’s 15 counties having “substantial” spread and the state increasing its number of cases for five consecutive weeks as hospital capacity continues to be strained.  

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US Black and Latino communities often have low vaccination rates – but blaming vaccine hesitancy misses the mark

BY: , and - July 16, 2021

By early July 2021, nearly two-thirds of all U.S. residents 12 years and older had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine; 55% were fully vaccinated. But uptake varies drastically by region – and it is lower on average among non-white people. Many blame the relatively lower vaccination rates in communities of color […]

Deadly Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in Arizona

BY: - July 9, 2021

Although COVID-19 hospitalizations are down, genetic sequencing and a recent outbreak in Maricopa County has shown the highly transmissible Delta variant of the virus is beginning to take hold in the Grand Canyon state, making up more than one in every five infections in June and accelerating rapidly.

New law prohibiting mask mandates in schools ‘reckless, dangerous and short-sighted’

BY: - July 8, 2021

Public health experts said Arizona’s new prohibition on face masks mandates in schools is a political move not supported by science that endangers children, teens and school staff.

Lawmakers approve money to research marijuana ‘psychosis’

BY: - July 7, 2021

Lawmakers on the final day of the legislative session approved spending $250,000 to research connections between marijuana use and “psychosis,” an idea promoted by a controversial book that scientists have panned as “junk science”  The spending, which was attached to broader bill that allocates money from the state’s medical marijuana fund to public health, mental […]

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How the rapidly spreading ‘delta variant’ might change your behavior

BY: - July 7, 2021

As the delta variant takes hold, the unvaccinated are in for a rude awakening. It’s not just ignorance — they’re begging for a Darwin Award. Unfortunately, thanks to all these unvaccinated knuckleheads, vaccinated Americans are now being put more at risk, too.

Ducey rescinds 25 COVID-19 executive orders

BY: - July 2, 2021

Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday rescinded 25 COVID-19 related executive orders, including an executive order that required face masks in schools. 

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Unvaccinated Arizonans made up 95% of COVID-19 cases in May

BY: - June 18, 2021

More than 95% of COVID-19 cases in May were Arizonans who were not fully vaccinated against the virus, the Arizona Department of Health Services said Friday. 

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A year after the first Arizona COVID surge, by the numbers

BY: - June 4, 2021

A year after Arizona’s first surge of COVID-19 cases, the state is seeing some of the lowest numbers of cases it has since the start of the pandemic, though hospital intensive care units still remain filled at similar levels to a year ago. 

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Our generation must end the gun violence epidemic

BY: and - June 4, 2021

We are 20- and 21-year old college students at Arizona State University. Today, on National Gun Violence Awareness Day, we reflect on our time growing up in the midst of the gun-violence epidemic, an epidemic in which an average of 100 lives will be lost each day

‘Get a shot and have a beer’: Biden touts free brew, pro sports tickets and child care to boost vaccines

BY: - June 2, 2021

Free child care during COVID-19 vaccine appointments. Late-night appointment slots on Fridays. And free beer for everybody over 21 if President Joe Biden’s vaccination goal is reached next month.