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Here is what you need to know about the new COVID-19 shots

Most Americans should get an updated COVID-19 vaccine, health officials said. Here's what you need to know.
10 months ago
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Arizona gives Barrow Neurological Institute $10 million in federal funding for COVID research

Barrow Neurological Institute was awarded $10 million in federal funding to study and slow the effects of COVID.
1 year ago
Masks, gloves and other COVID-19 equipment are for sale at Embry Health’s Tolleson warehouse thro...
Jack Wu | Cronkite News

With COVID-19 emergency winding down, Embry Health holds surplus sale

With the national COVID-19 emergency ending May 11, Embry Health is winding down as well, holding a surplus supply sale.
1 year ago
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2 sentenced in Arizona in pandemic assistance fraud case

Two defendants were sentenced in Arizona after being convicted of using others identities to apply for pandemic unemployment payments.
1 year ago
Associated Press

COVID-19 conspiracies soar after latest FBI report on origins

WASHINGTON (AP) — COVID-19’s origins remain hazy. Three years after the start of the pandemic, it’s still unclear whether the coronavirus that causes the disease leaked from a lab or spread to humans from an animal. This much is known: When it comes to COVID-19 misinformation, any new report on the virus’ origin quickly triggers […]
1 year ago
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Navajo Nation rescinds mask mandate that’s been in effect since pandemic start

The Navajo Nation has rescinded a mask mandate that's been in effect since the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Friday, fulfilling a pledge that new tribal President Buu Nygren made while campaigning for the office.
2 years ago
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Kevin Stone

Respiratory illness patients filling up Arizona emergency rooms

Arizona health officials are warning about long wait times at emergency rooms as respiratory illnesses run rampant across the state.
2 years ago
A cold and flu medicine shelf is empty in a CVS pharmacy on Dec. 6, 2022, in Burbank, California. (...
Associated Press

Maricopa County health officials warn about spread of flu, COVID, RSV

Arizona's most populous county is warning of a significantly rise in cases of the flu, COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses.
2 years ago
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Associated Press

After a year, omicron still driving COVID surges and worries

A year after omicron began its assault on humanity, the ever-morphing coronavirus mutant drove COVID-19 case counts higher in many places just as Americans gathered for Thanksgiving.
2 years ago
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Arizona man convicted for threatening principal over school COVID rules

A Tucson man who showed up with zip ties and threatened to arrest an elementary school principal was convicted of several offenses.
2 years ago
Associated Press

Panel votes to add COVID shots to recommended vaccinations

NEW YORK (AP) — COVID-19 shots should be added to the lists of recommended vaccinations for kids and adults, a panel of U.S. vaccine experts said Thursday. The panel’s unanimous decision has no immediate effect — COVID-19 shots already are recommended for virtually all Americans. Rather, it would put the shots on the annually updated, […]
2 years ago
Associated Press

US clears updated COVID boosters for kids as young as 5

The U.S. on Wednesday authorized updated COVID-19 boosters for children as young as 5, seeking to expand protection ahead of an expected winter wave. Tweaked boosters rolled out for Americans 12 and older last month, doses modified to target today’s most common and contagious omicron relative. While there wasn’t a big rush, federal health officials […]
2 years ago
This August 2022 photo provided by Pfizer shows vials of the company's updated COVID-19 vaccine dur...
Associated Press

CDC endorses updated COVID boosters, shots to begin soon

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed updated COIVD-19 boosters, opening the way for a fall vaccination campaign that could blunt a winter surge if enough Americans roll up their sleeves. The new boosters targeting today’s most common omicron strains should begin arriving in pharmacies and clinics within days. The decision by […]
2 years ago
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Griselda Zetino

Vast majority of Arizona kids have had COVID-19, according to CDC

The vast majority of Arizona children have been infected with COVID-19, according to a recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
2 years ago
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Arizona AG files civil rights lawsuit over Tucson’s COVID vaccine mandate

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a civil rights lawsuit Tuesday over the city of Tucson’s year-old COVID-19 vaccine policy.
2 years ago
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Ryan Knappenberger | Cronkite News

Arizona life expectancy fell by 2.5 years in 2020, fifth-largest decline in U.S.

Arizona life expectancy fell by 2.5 years in 2020, posting one of the steepest drops in a nation that saw the sharpest declines in lifespans since World War II.
2 years ago
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Associated Press

Fauci to step down after decades as top US infection expert

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert who became a household name — and the subject of partisan attacks — during the COVID-19 pandemic, announced Monday he will leave the federal government in December after more than five decades. Fauci directs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is […]
2 years ago
Associated Press

Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19, has ‘mild’ symptoms

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — First lady Jill Biden tested positive for COVID-19 and was experiencing “mild symptoms,” the White House announced Tuesday. President Joe Biden continues to test negative after recently recovering from the virus but will wear a mask indoors for 10 days as a precaution. The Bidens have been vacationing in South […]
2 years ago
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UArizona preparing for new semester with COVID, monkeypox, flu threats

The University of Arizona begins its 2022-23 academic year on Monday and President Robert Robbins said the school is monitoring the prevalence of health risks such as COVID, monkeypox and the flu.
2 years ago
Associated Press

CDC drops quarantine, distancing recommendations for COVID

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation’s top public health agency relaxed its COVID-19 guidelines Thursday, dropping the recommendation that Americans quarantine themselves if they come into close contact with an infected person. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also said people no longer need to stay at least 6 feet away from others. The […]
2 years ago
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Arizona health official: Fully vaccinated are 10 times less likely to die from COVID

Amid a highly-contagious subvariant of COVID-19 becoming the dominant strain in Arizona, the state's health department said recent data showed fully vaccinated individuals were 10 times less likely to die from the virus.
2 years ago
Associated Press

Doctor: Biden’s COVID symptoms return, in ‘good spirits’

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s “loose cough” has returned as he faces a rebound case of COVID-19, his doctor said Tuesday, though he “continues to feel well.” White House physician Kevin O’Connor provided the update on the president’s condition as he continues to test positive for the virus. He said Biden “remains fever-free,” and […]
2 years ago
Associated Press

US rules out summer COVID boosters to focus on fall campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. regulators said Friday they are no longer considering authorizing a second COVID-19 booster shot for all adults under 50 this summer, focusing instead on revamped vaccines for the fall that will target the newest viral subvariants. Pfizer and Moderna expect to have updated versions of their shots available as early as […]
2 years ago
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Associated Press

Biden emerges from COVID isolation, tells public: Get shots

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden ended his COVID-19 isolation on Wednesday, telling Americans they can “live without fear” of the pandemic if they take advantage of booster shots and treatments, the protections he credited with his swift recovery. “You don’t need to be president to get these tools to be used for your defense,” […]
2 years ago
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Luke Forstner

Phoenix homeless shelter fighting outbreak of COVID-19

The Downtown Medical Respite Center run by local nonprofit Circle the City is springing into action to combat an outbreak of COVID-19.
2 years ago
Associated Press

Biden ‘feeling better every day’ as he recovers from COVID

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Monday that he’s “feeling better every day” as he recovers from his coronavirus infection, and the White House planned a summit on Tuesday to discuss developing a new generation of vaccines that could more effectively guard against contagious variants. After participating in a virtual meeting to talk about […]
2 years ago
Associated Press

President Joe Biden tests positive for COVID-19, has ‘mild symptoms’

The White House announced Thursday morning that President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing "mild symptoms."
2 years ago
FILE - Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., listen as the House se...
Associated Press

Jan. 6 panel chairman has COVID, prime-time hearing still on

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Jan. 6 committee, has tested positive for COVID-19, but the panel will still hold its prime-time hearing on Thursday, according to a spokesman for the panel. Thompson, D-Miss., announced Tuesday that he tested positive for the virus on Monday and is experiencing mild symptoms. Thompson, […]
2 years ago
Associated Press

Fauci expects to retire by end of Biden’s current term

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious disease expert, said Monday he plans to retire by the end of President Joe Biden's term in January 2025.
2 years ago
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10 Arizona counties, including Maricopa, have high COVID-19 community levels

Ten of Arizona's 15 counties now have high COVID-19 community levels, the state's health department said Friday. 
2 years ago