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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»

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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

Banner Health will require hospital staff to get COVID shots by November

Banner Health will require all of its 52,000 employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 1, officials announced Tuesday. ... 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»

COVID-19 vaccinations begin for Tucson healthcare workers

A wince, a few tears, and a moment of relief: Medical staffers at Banner UMC received the first doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Pima County on Thursday morning. "I'm really excited," said the first nurse. "This is what gets us back to normal." ... Read more»

Guest opinion

Letter: Pima health leaders warn of COVID 'catastrophe' over holidays

"Stay home as much as possible. Wear a mask. Take that seriously. Avoid any social gatherings — the holidays will come again; sit this one out." — Pima County health officials, hospital leaders and fire chiefs... Read more»

ASU COVID-19 team says cases will double to 80K in a month

Based on current trends, researchers at Arizona State University expect Arizona’s total number of COVID-19 cases to double by mid-July, if not sooner.... Read more»

'Drive-thru' CV-19 testing site in Tucson by appointment only, not on demand

Banner Health is launching drive-thru COVID-19 testing for pre-screened patients on Monday at four sites in Arizona: three in Phoenix and one in Tucson. The tests are available by appointment only. ... Read more»

Banner: Overwhelmed emergency rooms can't give COVID-19 clearance for work

Emergency rooms like Banner UMC's are being flooded with people seeking "back-to-work" notes requested by employers, and they're not the "appropriate venue," the hospital firm said.... Read more»

Guest opinion

The real border crisis is occurring in medical & emergency clinics

"The real border crisis is what hospitals near the southern border see every day. It manifests as broken bones, lost appendages, and severe dehydration. It is the thousands of people marooned in ICE detention centers. It is the families seeking asylum who are met with violence. It is the people who have vanished on both sides of the border."... Read more»

Tucson motel shelters Central American migrants after release by ICE

While cold rain fell Thursday night, around 130 people from Central America took shelter at a Tucson motel after federal immigration officials asked local community groups to take them in, rather than have them released on the street. ... Read more»

Banner Health data breach exposes info on 3.7 million

A hack of data held by Banner Health — the operator of the former University Medical Center in Tucson — has put information on about 3.7 million people at risk. The company is sending letters to patients, health plan members and beneficiaries, food and beverage customers and physicians and healthcare providers telling them of the data breach.... Read more»

Southern Az's remaining indie hospitals announce alliance

While the number of locally run hospitals is shrinking in Southern Arizona, five independent nonprofit medical facilities announced this week that they have formed the Southern Arizona Hospital Alliance to improve care and reduce costs. The group includes Tucson Medical Center and hospitals in Benson, Bisbee, Safford and Willcox.... Read more»

Long waits for kidneys despite record number of registered organ donors

As of last month, 2,011 Arizonans were on the waiting list for kidneys, which are by far the organ in greatest demand, according to the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network.... Read more»1

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