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Arizona COVID-19 News

The vaccine, case and testing data in this map comes from the Arizona Department of Health Services, and the population estimates come from the U.S. Census Bureau. You can learn more about the outbreak in Arizona at the Department of Health Services' website.

The Arizona county map shows the number of vaccine doses administered for every 100 residents, and you can click on each county for additional vaccine and testing information, including resources for accessing vaccines. PCR and serological tests are included in the test total.

Clicking on the “Deaths” or “Cases” buttons on the right will bring up circles that visualize both the total count as well as the county-level rate. Clicking on the circles will show more detailed information.


Pima County Supervisors Vote to Drop Mask Mandate
Pima County’s board of supervisors voted to rescind its mask mandate, just a day after the CDC issued guidance easing mask recommendations for people vaccinated against COVID-19. From the Fronteras Desk in Tucson, KJZZ’s Michel Marizco reports.
AZ  Health Services Advises Providers To Resume Use Of J&J Vaccine
The Arizona Department of Health Services has advised health care providers to resume use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after an 11-day pause following a safety review.
April 26, 2021
UA Doctor Urges Seniors To Travel Post-Vaccination
As more and more people get vaccinated against COVID-19, seniors have been able to get out of their houses safely for the first time in over a year. The University of Arizona’s Dr. Shad Marvasti suggests that vaccinated seniors not only can, but should get out and travel.
April 25, 2021
Sonora Among States Contributing To COVID-19 Uptick In Mexico
Health officials in Mexico say 16 states are contributing to a nationwide increase in COVID-19 cases. Among those contributing to a possible third wave of the virus is neighboring Sonora.
April 25, 2021
Mesa School District To Phase Out Mask Policy
On Monday, the district is starting to allow students to be maskless while outside. If the district does not see any spikes, it will begin to recommend but not require masks starting May 3.
April 23, 2021
Sharking And Zoom Bombing: Which New Words Will Survive The Pandemic?
The English language is undergoing constant change, and major events are often a driver of that. The COVID-19 pandemic is no different, as a number of new terms have popped up, and we’ve found fresh uses for words we’ve known for years.
April 23, 2021
Breakdown Lockdown: Grand Canyon School Students Original Song Inspired By Pandemic
Songwriting is a complex process. But writing a song during a pandemic with no recording experience nor equipment is even harder. Music students at the Grand Canyon School, a K-12 school located in the south rim of the Grand Canyon, were able to create an original song with virtual help from Grand Canyon School of Rock musicians.
April 23, 2021
Is Mexicos COVID-19 Vaccination Strategy Failing?
According to data analysis from the Council of the Americas, only about 2.6% of the Mexican population has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. And many experts consider that the slow progress of vaccinations in Mexico represent a failure of the government’s strategy to face the pandemic.
April 22, 2021
AZ Opens Another Mass Vaccination Site, But Demand Is Slowing
COVID-19 vaccinations began Thursday at WestWorld of Scottsdale. The events facility is the newest mass vaccination site from Arizona’s Department of Health Services. But it opens as demand for vaccines in Arizona is slowing.
April 22, 2021
Alcohol Use Among Older Adults Increasing During Pandemic
Over the course of the last year, alcohol consumption is up. Some people use it to cope with anxiety or stress. This is especially true among some older adults.
April 22, 2021
Pima County Asks FEMA For Mobile Vaccines Instead Of Big Site
A plan to establish a large federally supported mass vaccination site in metro Tucson is being shelved. Officials said Pima County is pivoting to ask the agency for mobile sites capable of providing about 300 shots daily to reach populations that could use help getting vaccinated.
April 22, 2021
As B.1.1.7 Variant Becomes Dominant In Arizona, Younger People Are At Risk
Arizona’s daily COVID-19 case counts are still low compared to the state's winter peak. But a more transmissible strain continues to spread in Arizona and younger people may now be more at risk.
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April 21, 2021
Valley Nonprofit To Plant Trees, Commemorate COVID-19 Victims
An Arizona nonprofit is planting trees to provide shade and other benefits for another nonprofit. The trees will also be memorials to victims of COVID-19.
April 21, 2021
Study: Meatpacking Plants Cause $11.2B In Negative Economic Impact
More than 330,000 COVID-19 cases are attributable to meatpacking plants, resulting in $11.2 billion in economic damage.
April 21, 2021
AMLO Receives Vaccine, Urges Other Older Mexicans To Follow Suit
Mexico’s president publicly received a coronavirus vaccine Tuesday, in part to encourage other older Mexicans to get their shots. Mexico, like much of the world, is vaccinating its population much more slowly than the United States and other rich countries, which account for the vast majority of doses given so far.
April 20, 2021
Arizonas Vaccination Rate Is Falling Behind U.S. Average
More than half of U.S. adults have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. But the rate is lower among Arizonans. And Arizona is slipping in nationwide rankings of state vaccination rates.
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April 20, 2021
Disease Expert: Vaccinated Population Still Needs To Mask Up
There is concern that while vaccines protect the recipient from contracting COVID-19, there are still unknowns concerning the rate of transmission by the vaccinated population.
April 20, 2021
Bus Schedules Have Been A Challenge For AZ Schools
When Gov. Doug Ducey announced in March that more students can return to schools, districts had to make adjustments — and not just to classrooms. Buses also presented a challenge. Some districts had already been facing driver shortages — an issue that was only exacerbated by the pandemic.
April 20, 2021
Phoenix Symphony Musicians Play On Even While Furloughed
Last March, the pandemic forced the Phoenix Symphony to cancel all of its official performances and furlough all 64 of its musicians. But even without regular paychecks, the musicians have stayed committed to bringing their art to Arizonans — especially those who most need it.
April 19, 2021
Ducey: No More Mask Mandate For Schools
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has issued an executive order that rescinds the state’s mask mandate in schools. This action comes as nearly 2 million Arizonans, including teachers and school staff, are fully vaccinated against the virus, Ducey said in a Monday statement.
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April 19, 2021
For First Time In Nearly A Year, Sonora Logs No Daily COVID-19 Deaths
As far as good news goes, it’s fairly grim, but neighboring Sonora did not log a single COVID-19-related death on Sunday. The last day zero new officially confirmed deaths were added was May 8, 2020.
April 19, 2021