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Sinema, Kelly urge Ducey to send Nat'l Guard to Az hospitals stressed by COVID

U.S. Sens. Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly are pushing Gov. Doug Ducey to send the Arizona National Guard to hospitals facing staffing shortages because of the surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant. ... Read more»

Overwhelmed by Omicron, Az hospitals are short-staffed & closing urgent cares, Banner doc says

Banner Health, which manages the largest network of hospitals in Arizona, reported that the Omicron variant of COVID continues to overwhelm their staff and facilities this winter as the state has counted the pandemic's highest number of confirmed daily cases this month. ... Read more»

Driven by Omicron, COVID-19 cases breaking records in new Arizona spike

Fueled by the Omicron variant, COVID-19 cases continue to spike in Arizona, hitting record-breaking numbers in January as the state hit 18,783 cases on Tuesday, according to Arizona Department of Health Services. ... Read more»

Arizona hospital CEO warns of staff shortages during 'exponential increase' in COVID-19 infections

Arizona hospitals are facing an "exponential increase" in COVID-19 cases and a shortage of health care workers driven by the Omicron variant, and doctors are warning that hospitals are at the "brink of collapse."... Read more»

Az hospitals will operate beyond capacity through Jan., COVID treatment in short supply

The head of Banner Health Network, which operates dozens of hospitals in Arizona, continued to warn that health care providers are operating beyond their capacity, and will do so even without the Omicron variant, which has made one treatment far less effective, even as a new treatment becomes available. ... Read more»

Arizona hospitals at 'max capacity' & nearing 'crisis standards' because of new COVID cases

Arizona hospitals are operating beyond capacity because of new COVID cases, and may be forced to use "crisis standards" to ration treatments, a Banner Health leader said. "You do not want us to get there." ... Read more»

Banner chief: COVID hospitalizations have 'plateaued,' warns against Ivermectin use

The chief of Arizona largest hospital network said Wednesday that hospitalization from COVID-19 have plateaued in recent weeks, and that about one-quarter of all patients were hospitalized because of the novel coronavirus. ... Read more»

Banner chief: Influx of new hospital patients 'stabilized' but Arizona COVID cases still increasing

The chief of Arizona's largest hospital network said that while hospitalizations have "stabilized," more than half of patients in the ICU have COVID-19, and she warned hospitals may face an increasing number of cases next month. ... Read more»

COVID ICU cases increase again in Az, more kids treated for coronavirus, Banner top doc says

COVID-related hospitalizations, ICU admissions and ventilator use have increased in Arizona, the chief doctor for Banner Hospitals said, including more cases in children. "Please go get vaccinated; protect yourself from death," said Dr. Marjorie Bessel.... Read more»

Top Banner doc pushes for vaccines, masks as Az hospitals face 'exponential' COVID increase

The chief of Arizona's largest hospital network pressed her case for vaccinations and masks, warning Tuesday that hospitals have endured an "exponential" increase in COVID-19 since July 1, the use of ventilators has tripled, and more children are being hospitalized. ... Read more»1

COVID vaccines and supplies delayed by severe weather across most of the U.S.

Winter storms engulfing much of the U.S. are delaying shipments of COVID-19 vaccines and supplies, forcing delays to long-awaited appointments for some residents of Arizona. Shipments of both approved vaccines, as well as such supplies as syringes and needles, are limited due to the weather.... Read more»

Beds filling at 'exponential rate' in Banner hospitals, surgeries halted

The chief medical officer at Banner Health, which operates 23 hospitals in Arizona, warned that COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to increase "at an exponential rate" and that the number of beds occupied by COVID-19 patients have nearly tripled since November 1. ... Read more»

'Grim' outlook: 1 in 1,000 Pima residents has died from COVID, patients wait for hospital beds

One in every 1,000 Pima County residents has died from COVID-19, as the number of infections continues to climb and patients are forced to wait for beds. Six of eight Tucson-area hospitals had no available ICU beds Wednesday.... Read more»

As COVID-19 worsens, Arizona is first state to enact 'crisis care' standards

Arizona’s failure to contain COVID-19 means the state has the dubious distinction of being the first in the nation’s history to activate crisis standards of care for hospitals, according to a top administrator at the state’s largest hospital system.... Read more»6