Text ‘join’ to get Covid, health updates in rural Arizona
Text messages updating rural residents about Covid are now being expanded to other health issues to text people who have less access to health care, including people of color, migrants and those who are immunocompromised.
Fire districts face uncertain funding future after ballot measure’s failure
Voters said “no” to a plan that would have added one-tenth of a penny to the state sales tax to benefit rural fire districts, but firefighters warn that the need – and the threat to public safety – have not gone away.
Senate Republicans take credit for opposing CDC push to vaccinate youths against Covid
Senate Republicans are taking credit for standing up to a new push by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have kids vaccinated against Covid before attending school.
Covid ‘line of duty’ death for Border Patrol agent
Without additional details, "line of duty" doesn't tell the public much about how a uniformed federal officer died. And the recent use of "line of duty" to describe Covid deaths is coming at a time that vaccines are widely available, but vaccine mandates face resistance from some law enforcement officers, including pushback from the union representing Border Patrol agents.
Ducey orders end to universities’ policies for unvaccinated students
Gov. Doug Ducey has forbade public universities and community colleges from requiring that students and staff wear masks and get tested regularly for Covid.
State launches vaccine dashboard, but info lacking
The Arizona Department of Health Services launched its vaccine data dashboard February 9, almost 60 days since administering the first shot and without a plethora of information.
Choice of getting Covid shots related to politics
Nearly a month after vaccines have become available here a quarter of Arizonans remain unwilling to get inoculated against Covid.
COVID-19 infections on rise again in Arizona
Arizona's COVID-19 infection rate is creeping back up again, with one organization predicting a escalating increase in deaths beginning next month if the state imposes no new restrictions.
Politicians weigh in on ballot measures
If you get your advice from Gov. Doug Ducey you're going to want to vote against at least three of the four measures expected to be on the November ballot.
Lawmaker hires brother to test state’s COVID data
A Southern Arizona lawmaker is claiming that a new study he commissioned shows that there is no correlation between the rising number of people being infected with COVID-19 and the number who wind up in the hospital.
Arizona virus hospitalizations climb past 1,000, new record
The number of Arizonans hospitalized with positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 shot past 1,000 on June 1, raising questions from the state’s former health chief about whether Gov. Doug Ducey should have abandoned his stay-at-home order. The figure, a record, comes amid what has been a steady upward trend since the Department of Health […]
State prisons have potential for nearly 100% infection rate
The Arizona Public Health Association is urging the state’s health director to do more to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the prisons as studies and public health officials predict a nearly 100% infection rate.