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Almost a year into the pandemic, supply shortages remain so severe that nurse Kristen Cline reuses her N95 for several shifts while her hospital buckles, patients suffer and folks nearby socialize maskless as if the pandemic were already over. Read more»

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV), which causes COVID-19.

December is on track to be the deadliest and most infectious month for the coronavirus pandemic in Arizona as the state continues to outpace every previous milestone, with more than 35 percent of the state's half million COVID-19 cases coming from this month alone, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Read more»

Navajo Nation health officials said hospitals in the region are being stretched to the breaking point by a new surge in COVID-19 cases – 300 on three separate days in just the past week. Unlike earlier this year, there is little outside relief as communities across the country grapple with their own pandemic surges.

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»

A 3D model of COVID-19, the virus causing the coronavirus.

COVID cases in Arizona are rising sharply in November, and the ZIP codes that have been getting hit the hardest have more than a quarter of their population living below the poverty line. Read more»

Across the globe, it's 50 million, as the virus surges in many pockets of the planet. In the U.S., the record for daily cases was broken for a fourth day in a row, hitting 128,000 on Saturday. Read more»

Since January, COVID-19 has killed more than 6,000 people in Arizona and 230,000 across the nation.

Health officials Wednesday warned of a “staggering” death toll in Arizona as cases of the novel coronavirus continue to rise unabated, citing fatigue over COVID-19 and crowded holiday gatherings as potential dangers. Read more»

Patti Serrano, chair of the Greater Phoenix chapter of Progressive Democrats of America, speaks outside the main offices of the Arizona Republican Party on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 to draw attention to the nearly 200,000 lives lost to COVID-19 nationally

The chair of the Greater Phoenix chapter of Progressive Democrats of America said the death toll of COVID-19 could've been prevented by President Donald Trump and Gov. Doug Ducey, both Republicans. Read more»

A dip in life expectancy in recent years, in both Arizona and the U.S., has been attributed to higher mortality among younger groups of people, driven by rising numbers of suicides and alcohol- and drug-related deaths.

After decades of steady increases, life expectancy in the U.S. ticked down slightly over three recent years, a drop attributed to a rise in “cause-specific” deaths like suicides and drug overdoses among those aged 25 to 64. Read more»

A mother with her child in a village in Malawi, 2005.

The charity group Save the Children released their annual best and worst places to be a mother ranking, with Norway coming in first and the African nation Niger coming in last — just after Afghanistan. Read more»

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