Health

Ducey backtracks on barbers, salons being ‘essential’ amid COVID-19

Barber shops, hair salons, day spas and tattoo parlors will all have to close for business by 5 p.m. Saturday after Gov. Doug Ducey reversed course and updated his list of essential services that can stay open during the COVID-19 emergency.

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.

Unemployment checks with extra $600 could come next week

The state is adding $600 to the maximum weekly unemployment benefit of $240, and the first checks should go out as soon as next week, the Arizona Department of Economic Security said Wednesday. The money was added in response to the tidal wave of workers laid off because of COVID-19, with new claims rising to almost 3.3 million in the U.S. two weeks ago.

UPDATED Oversight of Ducey’s Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund unknown

More than a week after Gov. Doug Ducey announced the launch of a nonprofit Coronavirus Relief Fund and website to provide resources to people affected by COVID-19 and be a vehicle for online fundraising, it is unknown who will be making decisions about that money, how much has been raised and how it will be spent.

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.
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