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Sinema, Kelly urge Ducey to send Nat'l Guard to Az hospitals stressed by COVID

U.S. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly are pushing Gov. Doug Ducey to send the Arizona National Guard to hospitals facing staffing shortages because of the surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant. ... Read more»

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Overwhelmed by Omicron, Az hospitals are short-staffed & closing urgent cares, Banner doc says

Banner Health, which manages the largest network of hospitals in Arizona, reported that the Omicron variant of COVID continues to overwhelm their staff and facilities this winter as the state has counted the pandemic's highest number of confirmed daily cases this month. ... Read more»

Driven by Omicron, COVID-19 cases breaking records in new Arizona spike

Fueled by the Omicron variant, COVID-19 cases continue to spike in Arizona, hitting record-breaking numbers in January as the state hit 18,783 cases on Tuesday, according to Arizona Department of Health Services. ... Read more»

As Arizona COVID cases rise, officials push vaccinations and masks for the holidays

As hospitalizations rise and the holidays approach, health officials concerned about a new wave of infections are urging Arizonans to take preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza. ... Read more»

'Another surge' of COVID infections for Pima County as holidays approach, officials warn

Pima County is about to enter a fifth surge of COVID-19 infections, as vaccinations remain stagnant and holiday gatherings increase the risk of exposure. Everyone vaccinated more than six months ago should get booster shots, officials said in a public health warning.... Read more»

'Miracle patient' released from Az hospital after 5 mos. of COVID treatment

A Phoenix-area man celebrated as a 'miracle patient' by was released Tuesday after enduring nearly five months in intensive care because of COVID-19. Jose Jimenez, 60, celebrated his birthday on Sunday, and on Tuesday he was finally discharged from the hospital. ... Read more»

Over 95% of employees comply with vaccine mandates, Arizona hospitals say

Two days after Monday’s deadline for health care workers to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the state’s largest hospital systems saw more than 95% of workers meet the requirement, according to numbers reported Wednesday.... Read more»

Banner chief: COVID hospitalizations have 'plateaued,' warns against Ivermectin use

The chief of Arizona largest hospital network said Wednesday that hospitalization from COVID-19 have plateaued in recent weeks, and that about one-quarter of all patients were hospitalized because of the novel coronavirus. ... Read more»

Delta variant continues to strain Arizona hospitals, nearly all patients are unvaccinated

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is straining health systems across Arizona as the number of cases and hospitalizations continues to rise throughout the state, but health officials said Wednesday there’s a way to help: Get vaccinated. ... Read more»

Banner chief: Influx of new hospital patients 'stabilized' but Arizona COVID cases still increasing

The chief of Arizona's largest hospital network said that while hospitalizations have "stabilized," more than half of patients in the ICU have COVID-19, and she warned hospitals may face an increasing number of cases next month. ... Read more»

Maricopa County health care workers ask for school mask mandate as COVID pediatric cases rise

Physicians, health care workers and public health professionals in Maricopa County this week urged the county Board of Supervisors to enact a universal mask mandate for K-12 schools as the number of kids hospitalized for COVID-19 continues to rise at an “alarming” rate. ... Read more»

Ducey taps Herrington to run ADHS, Carmona to run vaccine push

Don Herrington, 21-year veteran of the Arizona Department of Health Services will become the agency's interim director, and former surgeon general Dr. Richard Carmona was tapped to lead a statewide effort to boost vaccinations, the governor's office said Thursday. ... Read more»

COVID ICU cases increase again in Az, more kids treated for coronavirus, Banner top doc says

COVID-related hospitalizations, ICU admissions and ventilator use have increased in Arizona, the chief doctor for Banner Hospitals said, including more cases in children. "Please go get vaccinated; protect yourself from death," said Dr. Marjorie Bessel.... Read more»

UA won't challenge Arizona law blocking mask & vaccine mandates

Hamstrung by a new law that blocks the state's universities from mandating masks and vaccinations, the University of Arizona will rely on a "layered approach," including voluntary testing, and quarantine dorms to mitigate the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19. ... Read more»

Top Banner doc pushes for vaccines, masks as Az hospitals face 'exponential' COVID increase

The chief of Arizona's largest hospital network pressed her case for vaccinations and masks, warning Tuesday that hospitals have endured an "exponential" increase in COVID-19 since July 1, the use of ventilators has tripled, and more children are being hospitalized. ... Read more»1

Banner Health will require hospital staff to get COVID shots by November

Banner Health will require all of its 52,000 employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, officials announced Tuesday. ... Read more»

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