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State Sen. Lela Alston, D-Phoenix, seated, and Dora Vasquez, director of the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans, right, join climate advocates at a news conference at Justa Center in downtown Phoenix in 2021.

Medical experts say climate change will affect nearly every aspect of public health - and many of those impacts are already being felt - but little to no climate funding has reached the budgets of many public health departments. Read more»

The TUSD Governing Board reviewed whether to spend $2.2 million in dwindling pandemic relief funds to encourage staffers to get their second COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Superintendent Gabriel Trujillo said he expects the CDC to allow the additional booster shots for more adults. Read more»

Oregon State University researchers testing wastewater for the virus that causes COVID-19.

The same wastewater surveillance techniques that have emerged as a critical tool in early detection of COVID-19 outbreaks are being adapted for use in monitoring the startling spread of monkeypox. Read more»

The U.S. Senate, along party lines, passed a sweeping energy, health care, climate and tax package Sunday afternoon, following an overnight marathon of votes that resulted in just a handful of notable changes to the legislation. Read more»

Monkeypox virus particles from a human skin sample, related to a 2003 prairie dog Monkeypox outbreak.

Monkeypox cases in Pima County are expected to grow, with residents most at risk being people with multiple intimate partners, Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen said. Local groups are fighting a false perception the painful infection only affects gay men. Read more»

Pima County supervisors will decide on a proposed change to zoning rules to allow for marijuana dispensaries. The question is: Will the board allow public hearings/

Hard zoning or a conditional use permit? The Pima County supervisors must decide whether neighbors get a say in the location of new marijuana dispensaries. Marana is eying new impact fees and the public is invited to be heard. Read more»

President Joe Biden welcomes ASEAN leaders to the White House on May 12, 2022.

President Joe Biden - who is fully vaccinated and has received two booster doses - tested positive Thursday for COVID-19, and is experiencing “very mild symptoms” while being treated with Paxlovid, an antiviral medication approved to treat the coronavirus. Read more»

Vaccines have been available for Pima County's youngest residents for a month, but only about 3% of the age group have been vaccinated. Mesquite Pediatrics has had a bit more success inoculating its young patients with the help of vaccine drive thrus, similar to last year's vaccine drive for older children pictured above.

Only 3% of children under five years old in Pima County have received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine, roughly a month after the shots became available to younger kids. Read more»

The Tucson City Council voted Tuesday to end a moratorium on evicting residents from city-owned housing. About 190 tenants owe more than $135,000 in back rent to the city, but much of that shortfall should be covered by rental assistance funds. Read more»

Dr. Theresa Cullen of the Pima County Health Department talks to the press on the first case of monkeypox reported here.

Pima County reported its first case of monkeypox on Tuesday, with supplies of vaccines arriving soon for people who come into contact with the virus. The BA.5 variant of COVID is spreading quickly, officials said. Read more»

The federal government has enough funding to distribute free vaccines for kids under 5 despite the Biden administration issuing dire warnings about the fate of testing, treatment and vaccines amid a funding stalemate with Congress.

Children from 6 months of age and up are now able to be vaccinated against COVID-19 - here is an explanation of what’s known about the two coronavirus vaccines for the youngest children, and how they’re different from their adult and older kid counterparts. Read more»

PFAS, often used in water-resistant gear, also find their way into drinking water and human bodies.

PFAS stands for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, which are a large group of human-made chemicals that are used widely in consumer products and industry - chemicals the EPA recently issued new warnings about in drinking water even at very low levels. Read more»

Pima County residents should stay safe and wear masks indoors in public for the July 4 weekend, the Health Department warned, as COVID cases and hospitalizations remain "high" in Maricopa and Pinal counties and "medium" closer to Tucson. Read more»

Cullen during a virtual press conference.

Pima County parents will be able to vaccinate their children aged 6 months to 5 years against COVID-19 starting Tuesday, after Pfizer and Moderna shots for young kids were approved. The Health Department has already pre-ordered 2,000 doses for children. Read more»

Ducey at a June 2020 press conference on COVID-19.

Arizona's Gov. Doug Ducey has tested positive for COVID-19, his office confirmed Monday as the Republican called off plans to visit the U.S.-Mexico border with former Vice President Mike Pence. Read more» 1

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