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After nearly 2 million COVID-19 cases in Arizona, officials are 'cautiously optimistic'

A little more than six months after Arizona passed 1 million reported cases of COVID-19, the state is approaching 2 million - and although reported infections have slowed over the past few months, experts warn that the coronavirus that causes the disease is here to stay.... Read more»

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On 2nd anniversary, COVID-19 still racks up grim milestones in Arizona

Two years after Arizona’s first confirmed case of COVID-19, the state has racked up close to 1.8 million infections and the virus has killed almost 26,000, just two of many grim milestones on the pandemic’s “really long journey.” ... Read more»

Flu is higher this season in Arizona, but COVID-19 is still complicating matters

Influenza has seen significant drops in cases since the pandemic began, a trend that has led to many theories among scientists and researchers, but cases this season have seen a small spike and in some areas of the country the two viruses are even sometimes co-infecting people.... Read more»

With Az’s health care system at breaking point, experts plead for vaccinations, masks & distancing

As the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to spread like wildfire in Arizona and shatter previous records in the pandemic, health experts are pleading with people to vaccinate, mask up and socially distance themselves to reduce stress on the health care system.... Read more»

COVID-19 on track to be leading cause of death in Arizona in 2021

COVID-19 claimed almost 15,800 lives in Arizona this year, putting it on track to be the leading cause of death in the state in 2021 - a change from 2020, when the virus was the third-leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer.... Read more»

'Miracle patient' released from Az hospital after 5 mos. of COVID treatment

A Phoenix-area man celebrated as a 'miracle patient' by was released Tuesday after enduring nearly five months in intensive care because of COVID-19. Jose Jimenez, 60, celebrated his birthday on Sunday, and on Tuesday he was finally discharged from the hospital. ... Read more»

COVID-19 death toll in Arizona expected to top 20,000 this week

The Arizona Department of Health Services said there had been 19,959 deaths as of Wednesday, with the state averaging 40 to 50 deaths a day in recent weeks, and close to three-fourths of those deaths have been to people age 65 and older.... Read more»

Delta variant continues to strain Arizona hospitals, nearly all patients are unvaccinated

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is straining health systems across Arizona as the number of cases and hospitalizations continues to rise throughout the state, but health officials said Wednesday there’s a way to help: Get vaccinated. ... Read more»

Surge in COVID-19 puts Arizona on pace to hit 1 million cases this week

Arizona is on pace to record its 1 millionth COVID-19 infection within the week, and health experts fear that kids in schools and the looming Labor Day holiday will only make matters worse. ... Read more»

Deadly Delta variant of COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in Arizona

Although COVID-19 hospitalizations are down, genetic sequencing and a recent outbreak in Maricopa County have shown the highly transmissible Delta variant of the virus is beginning to take hold in the Grand Canyon state, making up more than 1 in every 5 infections in June and accelerating rapidly.... Read more»

Wear your mask despite Ducey’s order, COVID researchers advise

As Arizona cities debate whether to loosen or lift mask mandates, a leading health expert warned Wednesday that wearing masks in public is essential to prevent another wave of COVID-19 cases. ... Read more»

Arizona adds its own variant to growing list of COVID-19 mutations

The more than 840,000 COVID-19 cases in Arizona include coronavirus variants from the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa, California – and, as of last month, a new homegrown version. The Arizona variant, officially named B.1.243.1, was confirmed last month by researchers at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute, who said it is similar to the South African variant that was also found in the state in March.... 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»

Arizona vaccination slots fill up within minutes; more appointments available Friday

Appointments to get a COVID-19 vaccination at state-run sites were booked within minutes of opening Wednesday morning, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. About 25,500 appointments at three vaccination sites in Maricopa County and about 900 at the University of Arizona site in Pima County were snapped up within 20 minutes of registration opening at 8 a.m. ... Read more»

Optimism grows as COVID-19 vaccinations ramp up, cases fall, but experts warn against complacency

A top Arizona health official said the number of COVID-19 cases in the state is “definitely trending in the right direction,” but he cautioned that “we need to keep following guidelines.” “We need to keep wearing masks, and we need to keep staying separated,” said Dr. Joshua LaBaer.... Read more»

COVID-19 cases may have leveled off after Arizona's deadly winter surge

COVID-19 cases in Arizona may have reached a plateau after a deadly two-month surge, one expert said Wednesday, but that does not mean the pandemic is under control.... Read more»

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