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Arizona health officials: Unvaccinated 15+ times more likely to die of COVID

A new report from state health officials found that unvaccinated Arizonans were nearly four times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 in October and were more than 15 times more likely to die from the illness than vaccinated people.... Read more»

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As Arizona COVID cases rise, officials push vaccinations and masks for the holidays

As hospitalizations rise and the holidays approach, health officials concerned about a new wave of infections are urging Arizonans to take preventative measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 and seasonal influenza. ... Read more»

Worn-out nurses hit the road for better pay, stressing hospital budgets — and morale

In parts of the country where COVID-19 continues to fill hospitals, a rotating cast of traveling nurses helps keep intensive care units fully staffed - hospitals have to pay handsomely to get that temporary help, and those higher wages are tempting some staff nurses to hit the road.... Read more»

Valleywise Health sees 'modest decline' in COVID-19 cases but fears nursing shortage will worsen

As Arizonans continue to get vaccinated, the number of COVID-19 cases in one major health system has tapered off; however, Valleywise Health continues to suffer a severe nursing shortage, and officials fear the coming deadline for employees to be vaccinated may make it worse.... Read more»

Scientists examine kids’ unique immune systems as more fall victim to COVID

18 months into the COVID-19 pandemic, with the Delta variant fueling a massive resurgence of disease, hospitals are hitting a heartbreaking low - they’re now losing babies to coronavirus and nearly 30% of COVID infections reported for the week that ended Sept. 9 were in children.... Read more»

Rural hospitals can’t find the nurses they need to fight COVID

Across the country, thousands of hospitals are overwhelmed with critically ill patients, prompting many overburdened nurses to leave the field - and the shortages are particularly dire in rural areas, because of the aging workforce and population, smaller salaries and intense workload.... Read more»

'Better than the hospital': pandemic boosts home care for serious illnesses

Since the pandemic began, a growing number of health systems are offering people with more serious health conditions hospital-level treatment in the comfort of their homes, and studies suggest at-home care provides better outcomes for patients and costs less to provide than traditional inpatient care.... Read more»

More than 1,000 COVID deaths in Arizona in one week

Between Jan. 3 and 9, 1,080 Arizonans died from the virus, the most in a single week, according to data from John Hopkins University. The previous record was in December, when 614 Arizonans lost their lives from Dec. 13-19.... Read more»

Arizona hospitals and their ICUs are understaffed, reaching capacity

Several hospitals in Arizona have intensive care units that are understaffed, while across the state more are nearing capacity as ICU beds are filling with COVID-19 patients, according to data recently released by the federal government.... Read more»

Coronavirus surge has Arizona hospitals, ICUs at record capacity levels

A spike in coronavirus cases has Arizona hospitals on the verge of hitting capacity, with 92% of intensive care beds and 90% of total hospital beds filled. The surge in hospitalizations has left the state with less hospital space than at any point so far during the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more»

Navajo warn hospitals at 'breaking point' in worsening COVID-19 surge

With a shortage of beds, oxygen and staff, the Navajo Nation can no longer depend on regional aid and is sending critical patients farther afield for care, officials reported Thursday.... Read more»

Arizona posts new COVID-19 case record, as possible holiday surge looms

Arizona reported a record 10,322 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, more than twice the previous high, as cases surged ahead of a holiday season that one health expert said could be a “real scary time.”... Read more»

Arizona nearing ICU capacity, reports that some hospitals have none left

As Arizona continues to post higher counts of COVID-19 patients, intensive care unit beds are becoming increasingly hard to come by, especially in rural areas of the state.... Read more»

COVID-19 patients swamp rural hospitals

The nation’s pandemic hotspots have shifted to rural communities, overwhelming small hospitals that are running out of beds or lack the intensive care units for more than one or two seriously ill patients.... Read more»

COVID-19 in Arizona: Ducey says state will remain open, prepare for fall

Gov. Doug Ducey emphasized his commitment to keeping the state open during a news conference Thursday, with no current plans for “dramatic changes” to be made despite “a gradual rise in cases.”... Read more»

Arizona passes 5,000 COVID-19 deaths, but overall numbers trending down

Arizona passed 200,000 COVID-19 cases last week and the death toll from the disease topped 5,000 Saturday, but despite those somber milestones experts said the numbers are all moving in the right direction – for now.... Read more»

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