Is another surge coming? Sharply rising COVID-19 cases worry health experts
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.
US Black and Latino communities often have low vaccination rates – but blaming vaccine hesitancy misses the mark
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
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.
How the rapidly spreading ‘delta variant’ might change your behavior
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.
CDC study finds racial disparities as schools reopened for in-person learning
WASHINGTON — After last year’s abrupt shutdown of schools due to the coronavirus pandemic, increasing numbers of students returned to in-person learning.
Unvaccinated Arizonans made up 95% of COVID-19 cases in May
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.
A year after the first Arizona COVID surge, by the numbers
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.
‘Get a shot and have a beer’: Biden touts free brew, pro sports tickets and child care to boost vaccines
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.
Protesting masks and racism education, the ‘patriots’ take on Arizona’s school boards
It all seemed to have started in the small Southern Arizona town of Vail, where a school board meeting in late April was overrun by an angry and yelling crowd furious that students were required to wear facemasks in schools — one seemingly led by people not from the small town of 10,000.
Marjorie Taylor Greene comparison of mask-wearing and the Holocaust condemned
WASHINGTON — U.S. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday condemned remarks by Georgia’s Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene comparing the wearing of masks and vaccination logos to the persecution and murder of Jews by Nazis during the Holocaust.
States with higher COVID vaccine demand will be able to request more from the feds
WASHINGTON — With demand for COVID-19 vaccines dropping in many states, the federal government is changing how those doses are allocated.
Filling in the vaccination gaps in hard-hit Latino communities
Faustino E. Luna had a stroke at the beginning of 2020. For months, he couldn’t walk because his knee surgery was postponed, as hospitals around the state cancelled non-emergency procedures at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic.