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Testing labs of all stripes are also facing worker shortages just like restaurants.

While COVID testing is much easier to come by than it was early in the pandemic, the ability to get a test — and timely results — can vary widely nationwide, with a fragmented testing system, complicated logistics, technician burnout and spikes in demand contributing to the delays. Read more»

Patients wear masks in the waiting room of a community clinic in Franklin, Tennessee. In health care settings, universal masking is still required, even with most health care providers fully vaccinated.

Masks and physical distancing are proving to have major fringe benefits, keeping people from getting all kinds of illnesses — not just COVID-19. But it’s unclear whether the protocols will be worth the pain in the long run. Read more»

A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report tracked Arizona’s COVID-19 caseload and found that drops in cases corresponded to the imposition of facemask requirements by many local governments and tougher state restrictions on businesses and gatherings.

A CDC report Friday credited mask mandates and business restrictions for slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona, reversing an early summer spike blamed on an early easing of restrictions. Read more»