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On 2nd anniversary, COVID-19 still racks up grim milestones in Arizona

Two years after Arizona’s first confirmed case of COVID-19, the state has racked up close to 1.8 million infections and the virus has killed almost 26,000, just two of many grim milestones on the pandemic’s “really long journey.” ... Read more»

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Flu is higher this season in Arizona, but COVID-19 is still complicating matters

Influenza has seen significant drops in cases since the pandemic began, a trend that has led to many theories among scientists and researchers, but cases this season have seen a small spike and in some areas of the country the two viruses are even sometimes co-infecting people.... Read more»

No time to party: With omicron surging in Arizona, officials stress masks, tests, COVID vaccines

Arizonans who have had COVID-19 shouldn’t count on immunity from the highly contagious Omicron variant - which continues to spread in the state - as demands on health care workers remain high and staffing remains a huge issue in emergency rooms.... Read more»

With Az’s health care system at breaking point, experts plead for vaccinations, masks & distancing

As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread like wildfire in Arizona and shatter previous records in the pandemic, health experts are pleading with people to vaccinate, mask up and socially distance themselves to reduce stress on the health care system.... Read more»

With 14k new COVID cases, Arizona sees a repeat of 2021's winter surge

The number of daily reported COVID-19 cases soared to more than 14,000 Monday - amid the surge of the Omicron variant - the second-most since the pandemic began, surpassed only by the 17,000 reported exactly one year ago. ... Read more»

COVID-19 on track to be leading cause of death in Arizona in 2021

COVID-19 claimed almost 15,800 lives in Arizona this year, putting it on track to be the leading cause of death in the state in 2021 - a change from 2020, when the virus was the third-leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.... Read more»

Vax hesitancy, new variants keeping COVID-19 infections from falling as Arizona stuck on 'bizarre plateau'

Almost two years after the first case of COVID-19 was discovered in Arizona, new infections in the state have reached a “bizarre plateau,” rising from summertime lows in the hundreds to more than 3,000 new cases a day through the fall.... Read more»

Health experts: Holiday gatherings ‘should be fine’ – with precautions

Health officials said this week that it should be OK for families to gather over the holidays, as long as people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and take other precautions against the spread of the disease. ... 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»

COVID-19 death toll in Arizona expected to top 20,000 this week

The Arizona Department of Health Services said there had been 19,959 deaths as of Wednesday, with the state averaging 40 to 50 deaths a day in recent weeks, and close to three-fourths of those deaths have been to people age 65 and older.... 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»

As Arizona's COVID-19 testing numbers rise, Embry Health hopes to expand services

Embry Health launched an initiative in Arizona this month to hire 800 workers across its COVID-19 testing sites as schools reopened and the number of children of all ages being tested increased - while Arizona on Friday passed more than 1 million cases of COVID-19.... Read more»

Surge in COVID-19 puts Arizona on pace to hit 1 million cases this week

Arizona is on pace to record its 1 millionth COVID-19 infection within the week, and health experts fear that kids in schools and the looming Labor Day holiday will only make matters worse. ... Read more»

Spike in COVID cases among unvaccinated could bring 3rd surge in Arizona

Approximately 99% of those who have died from the COVID-19 virus since the start of this year were unvaccinated, and 92% of all cases in June came from unvaccinated Arizonans as experts warn that the state is seeing signs of a third wave of infections. ... Read more»

Poll shows Arizonans aren’t concerned about COVID-19, despite rising cases

Although the percentage of those unwilling to take a COVID-19 vaccine has remained unchanged since May, Arizonans are showing less concern about the risks of contracting the disease, at a time when the Arizona Department of Health Services’ daily curve showed an uptick in coronavirus cases.... Read more»

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 have shown the highly transmissible Delta variant of the virus is beginning to take hold in the Grand Canyon state, making up more than 1 in every 5 infections in June and accelerating rapidly.... Read more»

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