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Pima County adds 2nd COVID boosters for people over 50, immunocompromised

Following a new recommendation from the CDC, officials in Pima County are making additional COVID booster shots available for immunocompromised people and those over 50 at four sites managed by the Health Department.... Read more»

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CDC unveils new mask guidelines, easing pandemic restrictions

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention loosened federal mask-wearing requirements throughout the U.S., signaling a more relaxed era of the pandemic for approximately 70% of Americans who live where transmission of the virus is considered low or medium risk.... Read more»

CDC to update federal masking guidance in coming weeks

The federal government will likely update its guidance on masking and other COVID-19 mitigation efforts in the coming weeks as the Omicron surge continues to wane, U.S. public health officials indicated Wednesday. ... Read more»

Booster shots lose their bite four months in, CDC warns

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a study Friday that shows COVID-19 booster shots begin to become less effective against the Omicron variant after about four months but still provide substantial protection against hospitalization. ... Read more»

CDC preps guidance for governors on relaxing COVID rules, but states forge ahead

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is preparing guidance for governors about when to relax masking and other measures meant to slow the spread of COVID-19, but doesn’t want to release those instructions just yet. ... Read more»

Arizona House committee moves to repeal mask mandates amid declining COVID numbers

An Arizona House committee voted Wednesday to advance legislation that would ban school districts from imposing mask mandates on children amid similar actions across the country and a declining number of COVID-19 cases. ... Read more»

Is my cloth mask good enough? The 2022 edition.

Public health officials are recommending that people upgrade from cloth to higher-quality medical-grade masks as the Omicron variant is sweeping the U.S., causing a huge spike in COVID-19 cases and overwhelming hospital systems.... Read more»

La máscara de tela, ¿es lo suficientemente buena contra Omicron?

Los funcionarios de salud pública recomiendan que las personas pasen de tela a máscaras médicas de mayor calidad, ya que la variante Omicron está arrasando en los EE. UU., causando un gran aumento en los casos de COVID-19 y abrumando los sistemas hospitalarios.... Read more»

Most states wary of mandating COVID shots for kids

Though COVID-19 has claimed around 830,000 lives in the United States, only two states have added COVID-19 vaccines to the list of immunizations mandated for schoolchildren - the main reason, experts say, is they are wary of opening another front in the wars over mandates.... Read more»

CDC chief defends shortened isolation and quarantine guidelines amid Omicron surge

One day after the number of COVID-19 cases reached a pandemic high in the United States, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky defended this week's announcement of shortened isolation and quarantine stints for people who have tested positive for or been exposed to the virus. ... Read more»

CDC shortens COVID-19 isolation, quarantine periods

People exposed to COVID-19 who aren't vaccinated, and those who test positive but don't have symptoms should isolate and quarantine for five days, followed by five days of strict mask use, the CDC announced Monday.... Read more»

CDC: 25 states report Omicron strain of COVID-19, but Delta remains biggest threat

Twenty-five states have identified cases of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19, federal public health officials said Friday as they released new data on the first 43 U.S. cases - but officials emphasized that the highly transmissible Delta variant still remains the main threat.... Read more»

Is it time to change the definition of 'fully vaccinated'?

As more indoor venues require proof of vaccination for entrance and with winter — as well as Omicron, a new COVID variant — looming, scientists and public health officials are debating when it will be time to change the definition of “fully vaccinated” to include a booster shot.... Read more»

Health experts: Holiday gatherings ‘should be fine’ – with precautions

Health officials said this week that it should be OK for families to gather over the holidays, as long as people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 and take other precautions against the spread of the disease. ... Read more»

Pima County urges booster shots for all 'as soon as possible' as COVID-19 cases spike again

Everyone 18 years and older should get a COVID-19 booster "as soon as possible" as the rate of COVID-19 cases continues to increase, the Pima County Health Department said Monday. ... Read more»1

COVID-19 vaccines for kids 5 to 11 cleared by CDC panel; final OK near

Advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended giving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine to all kids ages 5 to 11, a decision that means those children could be receiving shots as soon as Wednesday. ... Read more»

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