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The Biden administration in March 2021 announced it was investing $2.25 billion to address COVID health disparities - and two months later, grants were awarded to every state health department - but a year later, little of the money has been used. Read more»

Ramada in Gene C. Reid Park rose garden

Operating hours for Tucson park centers will return to their pre-pandemic schedules on Monday due to spring drop in COVID cases. Read more»

A cautious approach can be hard for people who expect concrete statements - and of course, scientists live for caveats, since so much of science is uncertain - so SciCheck tries to be transparent and remind readers that the science can change. Read more»

Victor, a migrant in seeking asylum in the U.S., carries a cross during a protest against Title 42 in Nogales, Sonora in late March.

While Title 42 remains in place, Homeland Security officials are preparing for its eventual end, describing how U.S. border authorities will deal with a potential increase in the number of people crossing the Mexican border once the Trump-era restriction is lifted. Read more»

Border Patrol agents used Title 42 to transport migrants found near Sasabe back to the U.S.-Mexico border, in this photo from March 2020, the early days of the order. More than 1.7 million people have since been turned back under Title 42, which is now set to expire on May 23.

A federal judge in Louisiana said Monday he will block the Biden administration from lifting a public health order that keeps immigrants seeking asylum out of the United States. Read more»

The American Rescue Plan Act provides $122 billion for ventilation inspections and upgrades in schools, as well as $350 billion to state and local governments for a range of community-level pandemic recovery efforts, including ventilation and filtration.

A growing coalition of epidemiologists and aerosol scientists say that improved ventilation could be a powerful tool against the coronavirus — if businesses are willing to invest the money. Read more»

Ukrainian flags join the American and D.C. flags along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., March 2, 2022.

President Joe Biden is preparing to ask Congress for billions more in aid to Ukraine as the war shifts to the Eastern regions of the country, following Russia's failure to take the capital city of Kyiv. Read more» 1

Public health experts worry the ruling that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had overstepped its authority in requiring masks on public transportation, unless overturned, will hamper the agency’s ability to respond to future virus outbreaks. Read more»

Because the Justice Department has not asked the appeals court to block the judge’s ruling, public transportation providers must decide on their own whether to enforce a mask requirement or not, for now.

The Department of Justice filed a notice of appeal on Wednesday seeking to reverse U.S. District Judge Kathryn Mizelle’s decision to vacate the federal mask mandate for planes, trains, buses and travel hubs. Read more»

The Biden administration will appeal a federal judge’s order striking down a mask mandate for air travel and public transit, subject to a decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday night. Read more»

A passenger on a SunTran bus in 2015.

Masks will no longer be required on SunTran buses or Tucson's SunLink streetcar after a federal judge in Florida ruled the CDC should not have implemented a nationwide mandate for face-coverings as bulwark against the spread of COVID-19. Read more»

Coronavirus long haul can affect even those who were infected but never showed symptoms. Tucson Medical Center and the Health Department on Wednesday will hold a public discussion about the condition.

Tucson Medical Center and the Pima County Health Department will host a virtual public discussion panel on the signs, symptoms and treatment options for anyone that may be experiencing COVID-19 "long-haul" symptoms. Read more»

A federal judge in Florida voided the nationwide mask mandate for airline and public transportation passengers Monday, saying the requirement was beyond the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's authority. Read more»

The Transportation Security Administration is in charge of enforcing the rule, and will likewise extend its security measures for the next two weeks.

The CDC said Wednesday it will extend its face mask requirement on public transit for an additional 15 days - as a coalition of 21 states, including Arizona, filed a suit challenging the continued implementation of the public transportation mask mandate. Read more»

Members of Congress have departed their offices and hearing rooms on Capitol Hill for a two-week spring recess without passing additional funding to combat the coronavirus, amid a stalemate over immigration policy. Read more»

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