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UA likely to roll back COVID mask mandate next week

The University of Arizona will likely rescind its COVID-19 mask mandate, but the shift hinges on a continued decline in new cases on campus as students and staff return from spring break.... Read more»

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UA 'cautiously optimistic' COVID cases will decline, but masks still required on campus

While officials are "cautiously optimistic" about the decrease in the COVID-19 cases over the last few weeks, the University of Arizona will maintain its mask mandate on campus and continue to push for vaccinations and testing.... Read more»

UA's Robbins, Carmona push vaccines to stem spiralling COVID pandemic

As the state continues to endure record levels of new infections driven by the Omicron variant, University of Arizona officials continued to press vaccinations and masking as a bulwark against continued spread. "The vaccine is just an incredible gift that we've been given," said UA President Robbins. ... 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»

UA will rely on tests, masks to slow spread of COVID-19 as classes begin this week

The University of Arizona will press forward with in-person classes beginning Wednesday despite the rise in COVID-19 cases throughout Arizona caused by the Omicron variant, officials said Monday. ... 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»

UA president urges people to test, get COVID shots as precaution against Omicron variant

As the University of Arizona braces for the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 and cases continue to rise in Pima County, UA President Robbins pressed students and employees to get vaccinated, seek out testing, and continue to follow good public health practices.... Read more»

Pima, Az health officials warn of COVID spreading during Thanksgiving

A new surge in COVID-19 cases is already taking place in Pima County, and officials warned that not taking precautions during holiday gatherings will make it worse — especially for hospitals and schools. ... Read more»

Ducey’s top COVID-19 advisor urges parents to get the 'safe' vaccine for their kids

Pediatricians across the Valley are beginning to schedule appointments for vaccinations for COVID-19 and the Arizona Department of Health Services is emphasizing the safety of the vaccine as the Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve it for ages 5 through 11.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Carmona: As Arizona COVID deaths top 20k, we must come together to defeat virus

As Arizona rightfully focuses its attention on the tragic toll COVID-19 has taken on our state, I grieve for those lost to this virus. I'm frustrated and angry beyond words that COVID-19 still threatens not just lives but our economy, our jobs, our access to healthcare, our children's chances at the best possible education, and our way of life.... Read more»

Santa Cruz County leads state in vaccinations

Among rural counties, Santa Cruz County has one of the highest vaccination rates in the U.S. after the county managed to fully vaccinate more than 87.7 percent of its total population. Among those eligible for vaccination, including children 12 and older, the county has a vaccination rate at nearly 100 percent, according to the CDC.... Read more»

Border counties: Az rural hospitals are 'nearing collapse' & 'overwhelmed' with COVID

Supervisors from Arizona's four border counties — Pima, Cochise, Santa Cruz and Yuma — have asked officials to allow rural hospitals to transfer critically ill patients to larger regional facilities because providers are "nearing collapse" due to patients infected with COVID-19.... Read more»

Ducey taps Herrington to run ADHS, Carmona to run vaccine push

Don Herrington, 21-year veteran of the Arizona Department of Health Services will become the agency's interim director, and former surgeon general Dr. Richard Carmona was tapped to lead a statewide effort to boost vaccinations, the governor's office said Thursday. ... Read more»

As Arizona college classes start, staff union sues to uphold mask mandates

As classes began at the University of Arizona on Monday, a union representing school employees is joining a lawsuit over the state law that undercuts mask mandates at the state's three public universities. ... Read more»

UA won't challenge Arizona law blocking mask & vaccine mandates

Hamstrung by a new law that blocks the state's universities from mandating masks and vaccinations, the University of Arizona will rely on a "layered approach," including voluntary testing, and quarantine dorms to mitigate the spread of the Delta variant of COVID-19. ... Read more»

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