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Alzheimer's patients and caregivers in Arizona's tribal communities may find help with living with cognitive issues in a new musical project meant to help sooth emotions and stimulate memories — a CD of recordings by Native American music legend R. Carlos Nakai and others. Read more»

Hotter weather means more exposure to Arizona's venomous creatures, including an increase in the number of rattlesnake bites and scorpion stings that require treatment, health experts said. Read more»

Sgt. Paula Maafu, a combat medic with the Arizona Army National Guard’s 996th Area Support Medical Company, administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a Tohono O’odham Nation tribal member in Why, Ariz., June 8, 2021. Arizona Guard provided immunizations, traffic control, administrative support and translators to the predominantly Spanish-speaking community.

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»

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»

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»

Health officials concerned about a new wave of coronavirus infections are urging Arizonans to get vaccinated to stop the spread of COVID-19.

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»

Dr. Theresa Cullen (in this file photo from May 2020) talked to reporters on Wednesday and said that Pima County is 'entering another surge' during a week where COVID hospitalizations have jumped, and holiday gatherings pose more risks ahead.

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»

Jose Jimenez is released from Banner University Medical Center Phoenix on Tuesday.

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»

A Banner Health 'Exhale' advertisement on a Valley Metro public transportation bus in Phoenix. Banner Health was the first health system in Arizona to require the vaccine for employees.

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 medical staff

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»

On Sept. 1, Gov. Doug Ducey announced a $60 million initiative to support staffing for hospitals that administer monoclonal antibody treatments or institute other methods of reducing COVID-19 hospitalizations.

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»

Dr. Marjorie Bessel during a Sept. 8 press conference.

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»

A letter signed by more than 1,000 health professionals in Maricopa County says schools without mask mandates are twice as likely to have a COVID-19 outbreak among school and staff compared with those that require universal masking.

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»

Don Herrington will succeed Dr. Cara Christ, serving as the interim director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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»

Dr. Marjorie Bessel during an August 3 press conference.

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»

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