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Liz Lerman on pandemic: Our imaginations come to us at times of stress and need
Liz Lerman, a choreographer and Arizona State University professor, has been thinking about the pandemic in terms of creativity. The Show caught up with her to talk about what kinds of thoughts go through her mind when she thinks about the last three years.
COVID wastewater testing data to be published for Pima County
Health experts and public health authorities in Pima County hope wastewater testing data will help find concentrations COVID-19 infections sooner, as cases are on the rise again.
May 31, 2022
Medical examiners misidentify Latinos nearly 3% of the time
COVID-19 and its effects has claimed the lives of over 1 million Americans, from a variety of races and ethnicities. But journalist Ana Arana found that in some cases, experts have misidentified the decedents' races.
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May 31, 2022
Heres where schools are after 3rd year impacted by COVID-19
While more students were back in the classroom, masks were generally not required and more “normal” activities were back, the impacts of COVID-19 were still felt. To learn about that and where Arizona’s K-12 system stands, The Show spoke with education advocate and consultant Christine Thompson.
May 31, 2022
Pima County reporting an increase in COVID-19 cases
In the last two weeks, 47 states have reported increases in COVID-19 hospitalizations, including almost 400 new hospitalizations in Arizona. Pima County has also seen an uptick in cases, says county health director Theresa Cullen.
May 28, 2022
Its everywhere right now: Arizona COVID-19 cases continue to climb
The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 11,498 new COVID-19 infections in its weekly update Wednesday — the highest weekly case count since February. “We’re definitely in a surge here in Arizona," said Dr. Josh LaBaer, executive director of ASU's Biodesign Institute.
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May 25, 2022
CDC recommends COVID-19 booster for kids 5-11
This week, the CDC recommended a COVID-19 booster shot for children 5 to 11 years old. Following the FDA’s approval of a booster on Tuesday, the CDC made its recommendation on Thursday.
May 20, 2022
Sonora’s mask mandate to stay in place in place for now
Sonora’s governor said officials were moving to revoke a state mask mandate early this week. But legislators now say it’s staying in place for at least a bit longer.
May 20, 2022
Appeals court allows AZ lawsuit on COVID fund use to move forward
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Arizona has a legal right to challenge part of the federal COVID-19 relief package that forbids using part of the money to offset tax cuts.
May 20, 2022
Its not just COVID. Flu cases are on the rise in AZ, too
Flu season is usually coming to an end by this time of year, but the Arizona Department of Health Services reported more than 1,000 flu cases last week — the highest count so far this season.
May 19, 2022
COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Arizona
COVID-19 case counts in Arizona tripled over the past month. The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 7,204 new cases in its weekly update Wednesday — the third week in a row the state reported an increase in cases.
May 18, 2022
Phoenix talks accountability in addressing homelessness
As Phoenix commits more money to address homelessness, there’s also a focus on accountability. The city’s proposed budget includes nine new positions to better manage outreach programs.
May 18, 2022
2 more bills targeting COVID rules head to Duceys desk
Two more bills restricting responses to the coronavirus pandemic are heading to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk. The state Senate approved a bill forbidding state and local governments from requiring masks in their buildings.
May 18, 2022
FDA approves booster shot for children 5 to 11
The FDA has approved a COVID-19 vaccine booster for healthy children between 5 and 11 years old. The authorization opens a third shot to elementary-aged children five months after their last dose.
May 17, 2022
Scientists working to understand how, why some people havent had COVID despite exposures
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that a majority of Americans have been infected with the novel coronavirus since 2020. But there are people who’ve avoided it so far, and scientists are trying to figure out how and why.
May 16, 2022
AZ lawmakers to debate vaccine- and mask-related bills
Lawmakers are set to hear three bills relating to COVID-19 and the pandemic this week at the state Capitol. Among them is one seeking to stop the state health department from requiring the COVID-19 vaccination in schools.
May 16, 2022
Report: People 65+ are skipping out on COVID boosters
Many people 65 and older are not getting COVID-19 booster shots, according to Kaiser Health News. It’s unclear why given that the vaccines are shown to reduce severe illness and even prevent death among this more vulnerable population.
May 16, 2022
Newest tech for COVID testing just around the corner
COVID-19 testing has vastly progressed over the course of the pandemic, and continues to do so. The Show spoke with ASU's Jennifer Blain Christen to find out just how far testing has come, and what its next advancements could be.
May 12, 2022
Sonora will eliminate COVID-19 mask mandate
A mask mandate implemented in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 is set to be lifted.
May 11, 2022
AZ COVID cases continue to climb; hospitalizations low
COVID-19 cases increased again this week in Arizona. The state health department added 5,490 cases to its weekly dashboard — the highest caseload in five weeks.
May 11, 2022
Valleywise doctor details precautions to take as COVID cases rise in AZ
In many ways, COVID-19 is no longer at the front of everyone’s mind. But the virus that has claimed nearly 1 million lives in the United States and more than 6 million worldwide is still out there and producing new variants.
May 10, 2022