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Beds filling at 'exponential rate' in Banner hospitals, surgeries halted

The chief medical officer at Banner Health, which operates 23 hospitals in Arizona, warned that COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to increase "at an exponential rate" and that the number of beds occupied by COVID-19 patients have nearly tripled since November 1. ... Read more»

COVID-19 vaccinations begin for Tucson healthcare workers

A wince, a few tears, and a moment of relief: Medical staffers at Banner UMC received the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Pima County on Thursday morning. "I'm really excited," said the first nurse. "This is what gets us back to normal." ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Letter: Pima health leaders warn of COVID 'catastrophe' over holidays

"Stay home as much as possible. Wear a mask. Take that seriously. Avoid any social gatherings — the holidays will come again; sit this one out." — Pima County health officials, hospital leaders and fire chiefs... Read more»

Az hospitals adapt to keep beds available as surge in COVID-19 cases tests system

Surging numbers of COVID-19 cases in Arizona have pushed some hospital intensive-care units to their limits in recent weeks, but health experts around the state said hospitals still have room to adapt – for now.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

Richard Elías brought the heart until it gave out

Richard Elías was a politico who made the job fit him, rather than the other way around. He had an inner sense of mischief, and the political courage to stand up to his friends if he thought it was the right thing to do. ... Read more»1