Cara Christ

Jan 7, 2021

Misinformation, lack of transparency plague vaccine rollout

[highlight][/highlight] [caption id="attachment_247539" align="alignnone" width="620"] In this Dec. 2, 2020, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey answers a question about the arrival of a COVID-19 vaccine in Arizona, while Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ listens in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool, File)[/caption] Gov. Doug Ducey and the state healt[...]

Covid vaccine, vaccinations, older Americans
Dec 31, 2020

Health director revamps COVID-19 vaccine distribution

The state is revamping its COVID-19 vaccine distribution system in hopes of getting more people inoculated faster.

Dec 19, 2020

New standards keep businesses open during pandemic

The state's top health official admitted Friday she has altered the standards governing business operations during the COVID-19 outbreak to the point that none will ever have to close, no matter how serious the infection rate gets.

Dec 10, 2020

GOP divide spurs call to arms, doxing

Protesters rallied outside House Speaker Rusty Bowers’ home December 8 and a self-declared candidate for Arizona governor threatened to remove Gov. Doug Ducey through non-legal means this week as intraparty Republican conflict reached new heights of intimidation and innuendo. The branch of the party that cannot and will not accept the results of the presidential […]

Dec 10, 2020

COVID-19 spike brings gloomy outlook for months ahead

There’s nothing that can stop the wave of COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations coming this month, public health officials say. It’s going to make for a gloomy Christmas.  Doctors and health experts alike have been warning of this possibility since early October as cases began to climb in Arizona’s “second wave” after a rather quiet […]

Dec 8, 2020

Ban on evictions to end, COVID-19 cases spike

Gov. Doug Ducey won't impose any new restrictions on individuals or businesses despite what appears to be a record number of daily COVID-19 cases and a trend that is pushing even higher.

Nov 19, 2020

Ducey vetoes statewide mask mandate

Gov. Doug Ducey refused Wednesday to impose new restrictions or mandates on individuals even as his own health chief warned of an increasing number of Arizonans becoming infected with COVID-19.

Nov 10, 2020

COVID-19 spike brings tough choices for schools

The state's top education official said Monday that a new spike in COVID-19 will force local schools into the "impossible decision'' of whether to shut their doors to in-person learning to prevent students and teachers from getting sick.

Oct 21, 2020

Arizona eases bar restrictions on games – but no dancing

Karaoke is back at your local bar. So are pool and darts. Also video games and pinball. And you can even participate in axe throwing if that’s your thing. But leave the dancing shoes at home. For the moment, Arizona remains a dance-free zone. The changes come as the state Department of Health Services has […]

Oct 8, 2020

Bar owners grill health director on end to closure

The state’s top health official testified October 8 she cannot say when the current COVID-19 health emergency will be over, the governor will rescind his orders, and Arizonans will be able to get their lives back to the way they were before. In fact, Cara Christ said a decline to minimal levels in the benchmarks […]

Sep 29, 2020

COVID infection rates up in 2 counties, no new business restrictions

Pima and Coconino counties are again at substantial risk for the spread of COVID-19 according to standards set by the Department of Health Services.

Sep 3, 2020

Night clubs, bars in state’s sights as businesses reopen

Two state agencies are scouting Old Town Scottsdale and Mill Avenue in Tempe for businesses that violate restrictions enacted to prevent further COVID-19 spread.