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Expanded testing is just one of the measures being taken in hopes of reining in COVID-19, which was first confirmed in Arizona two years ago. Since then, almost 1.8 million cases have been confirmed in the state and 25,899 deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus.

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»

A view of the Arizona State Hospital in Phoenix on June 15, 2021.

Two recent deaths in the same number of weeks at the Arizona state psychiatric hospital raise questions about a lack of hospital oversight, persistent understaffing and inadequate employee training at the facility. Read more»

Charles 'Chick' Arnold, lead plaintiff in the Arnold v. Sarn class action lawsuit that claimed Maricopa County and the state of Arizona were failing people with serious mental illness, is shown at his Phoenix home on April 12, 2021.

Arnold v. Sarn -a class action lawsuit that called for services for people with serious mental illness- ended in 2014 with an agreement that largely replaced “shall” with “may,” encouraging the system to try its best. Now Charles “Chick” Arnold, the lead plaintiff, says the agreement should have been more aggressive. Read more»

When getting the booster, Arizonans should also consider getting an additional shot: the annual flu vaccine.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending a booster shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for certain at-risk populations who received the Pfizer vaccine, which means a large group of Arizonans should be getting ready for another dose very soon. Read more»

After a scramble in the early days to get COVID-19 vaccine, demand for vaccinations has fallen sharply in recent months and a White House goal of getting 70% of adults vaccinated by July 4 has fallen with it. Arizona is one of 31 states to fall short of that target.

Arizona was one of 31 states that fell short of President Biden’s goal of vaccinating 70% of adults against coronavirus by July 4 - as did the U.S. as a whole - with demand for vaccines falling sharply and states pivoting toward more focused efforts, like mobile clinics. Read more» 1