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Arizona, U.S. miss goal of 70% vaccinated against COVID by July 4

Arizona was one of 31 states that fell short of President Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70% of adults against coronavirus by July 4 - as did the U.S. as a whole - with demand for vaccines falling sharply and states pivoting toward more focused efforts, like mobile clinics.... Read more»1

Filling in the vaccination gaps in Arizona's hard-hit Latino communities

Across Arizona, only 13% of vaccinations have gone to Latinos, a group that accounts for 36% of confirmed cases, 31% of total deaths, and 32% of the population in the state, according to an April 14 analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.... Read more»

Fourth wave: As mask mandates are lifted, Arizona health researchers urge COVID-19 caution

Health researchers on Wednesday urged caution despite the state’s lifting of restrictions on businesses and government, echoing a federal warning of a possible fourth wave of COVID-19 if Arizonans become too complacent. Dr. Joshua LaBaer, executive director of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, ticked off positive developments, bookended by warnings.... Read more»

Ducey didn’t consult Az hospital leaders before scrapping mask mandates, business rules

Leaders of hospitals across Arizona are voicing disapproval with Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision to roll back local mask mandates and business restrictions meant to stop the spread of COVID-19, and the state’s public health chief said Friday the governor did not consult hospitals before ending restrictions. During a Friday press conference, Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said the only conversations about the decision to roll back local mask mandates and statewide requirements that businesses enforce mask-wearing and physical distancing were between the Governor’s Office and ADHS. ... Read more»

Health chief: Arizona can meet Biden's May 1 vaccination directive

ADHS Director Dr. Cara Christ said the state was already making plans to begin vaccinating Arizonans under the age of 35 by May 1 and she is confident they can meet President Joe Biden’s directive that all adults be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine by May 1.... Read more»

What to know about Arizona’s COVID-19 vaccines (so far)

What differences are there between the available vaccines and does it matter which one I get? Public health officials across the nation and Arizona have a simple answer: The first one a person should get is the best vaccine.... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Power station closure could jeopardize CAP delivery

Today on Buckmaster - Arizona Department of Health Services Director Will Humble, a preview of the Mexican presidential elections with Keith Rosenblum, CAP Director David Modeer, and Tom Collier with the monthly scam alert. ... Read more»

Spring means spike in bicycle injuries for Az children

In spring, hospitals see more young bicyclists with injuries ranging from scrapes to internal injuries caused by ramming into handlebars.... Read more»

Bill to require car booster seats takes first step in state Senate

A bill that would require children between the ages of 5 and 8 or who are shorter than 4 feet, 9 inches to ride in booster seats took its first step Wednesday in the state Senate.... Read more»

Rocky Mountain spotted fever cases on the rise in Az

Reported Arizona cases of a Rocky Mountain spotted fever have increased steadily over the past decade and spiked within the last two years. State and federal officials say those heading into the outdoors should be aware of the danger.... Read more»

Cancer outreach programs target rural Arizonans

There are 5.1 million rural Arizona residents, according to a 2000 USDA Economic Research survey. It is difficult for many health institutions to provide cancer preventative services to these rural areas due to lack in resources and outreach.... Read more»

Officials: New state mental health facility offers care, security

A facility dedicated Wednesday at the Arizona State Hospital will allow mentally ill patients referred by the criminal court system to receive better care in a safer and more secure setting, officials said.... Read more»

Listeria cases linked to melon 'probable' in Az

With Arizona among 25 states that received cantaloupe from Colorado that has been linked with a listeria outbreak, it is “probable to possible” that some people will get sick during the next few weeks, a state health official said Thursday. ... Read more»

CDC: Az ready for public health emergencies

Arizona is prepared to respond to public health emergencies and to identify biological and chemical threats, but it needs to report test results for foodborne bacteria faster, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.... Read more»

Special report

Medical marijuana challenges some rural views of community

Arizona's new medical marijuana law has created planning headaches and economic opportunities in rural areas.... Read more»

New rules promote exercise, nutrition at child care centers

Provisions encouraging at least an hour of physical activity per day are part of a revamped set of state rules for child care centers that aim to promote health and fitness.... Read more»