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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.
During Cuba visit, Mexico’s president secures youth vaccines
The deal also includes a commitment to hire Cuban doctors in response to what Mexico's president calls a shortage of healthcare workers.
May 9, 2022
Moral injury drains the medical community and further imperils post-COVID-19 recovery
The pandemic shone a light on the limits of the health care system. But it also illuminated the distress that has long beleaguered doctors and nurses. Neither burnout nor PTSD, this moral injury could undermine medicine’s efforts to bounce back after COVID-19.
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May 5, 2022
AZ  COVID-19 cases, positivity rates increase
COVID-19 cases in Arizona were near all-time low levels throughout April, but cases now appear to be trending upward again in the state.
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May 4, 2022
Phoenix budget talks include hiring challenges, electric vehicles
As the Phoenix City Council prepares to approve a new budget to start in July, some members are already looking ahead to the next year.
May 4, 2022
It’s terrifying: COVID-19 long-haulers on exhaustion, uncertainty
Long COVID-19 is not well understood, but researchers estimate about 30% of people who get infected will develop long-term symptoms. That means there are potentially more than 600,000 people experiencing long COVID-19 in Arizona alone.
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May 4, 2022
Sky Harbor passenger traffic nearing pre-COVID levels
Passenger traffic at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is nearing pre-pandemic levels. Thanks to spring training and school breaks, March is usually Sky Harbor’s busiest month. The airport reported more than 4 million passengers last March, almost 6% less than March 2019.
May 2, 2022
If youre high-risk, what options do you have at mask-optional places?
Earlier this month, a federal judge struck down the requirement to wear a mask in airports and during flights. And around the state and country, masks are now mostly optional. But if you’re high risk, what options do you have?
April 30, 2022
COVID-19 hospitalizations, cases remain low
The latest COVID-19 data from the state health department shows cases in Arizona are staying relatively low. The Arizona Department of Health Services added 2,350 cases and 99 deaths to its COVID-19 dashboard in its weekly update Wednesday.
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April 27, 2022
CDC: Nearly 60% of U.S. population has antibodies from previous COVID infection
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that nearly 60% of national blood samples taken in February showed antibodies present after a COVID-19 infection. The study shows the percentage of the population showing evidence of infection jumped by nearly 25% in less than 3 months.
April 27, 2022
Children 12 and up soon to be eligible for COVID vaccine in Mexico
Mexico's top pandemic official also said the country is beginning to transition to the endemic phase of the outbreak.
April 26, 2022
Surprise and Maricopa County partner to build a $26 million multigenerational center
The city of Surprise and Maricopa County will spend federal coronavirus relief funds to build a multigenerational community resource center.
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April 25, 2022
Poop doesn’t lie: What wastewater has taught us about the pandemic
Over the course of the pandemic, communities across the country have been trying to get in front of potential outbreaks by looking for the virus in wastewater. One of the earliest adopters of that method was WEST Center at the University of Arizona, which monitors wastewater from both on- and off-campus facilities.
April 22, 2022
Kids who lost parents to COVID-19 are now being raised by grandparents
Life is returning to normal for some as mask mandates and other mitigation measures go by the wayside. But for one population, life will never be the same again.
April 22, 2022
Vaccination rates in kindergarteners dropped last year
Vaccinations can shield students against certain preventable diseases. But new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention research shows rates of kindergartners receiving required shots have dropped since last year, likely due to disruptions caused by the pandemic.
April 21, 2022
12 rural health care groups to get $5 million in federal funds
A dozen groups across Arizona will share $5.1 million in federal funding through last year’s American Rescue Plan Act.
April 21, 2022
Cranky Flier: Ditching masks wont affect air travels recovery
A federal judge effectively ended the Biden administration’s mask mandate on public transport, including airplanes, this week. And almost immediately, major airlines and airports around the country told travelers they can shed their masks.
April 21, 2022
Vaccine kept children out of hospitals during omicron
Not long before omicron rose to prominence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration expanded its Emergency Use Authorization to make children 5–11 eligible for the Pfizer vaccine. A new CDC study shows the vaccine helped keep children out of hospitals and off ventilators – if they received it.
April 20, 2022
Arizona COVID-19 cases remain relatively low
The latest COVID-19 update from the Arizona Department of Health Services shows cases are down slightly from last week.
April 20, 2022
As mask requirements end, COVID protection comes down to personal choice
This week, a federal judge effectively ended the Biden administration’s TSA mask mandate. But the debate over public health continues.
April 20, 2022
Valley Metro drops mask requirement for riders, employees
A federal judge this week struck down the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's order requiring masks on airplanes and other forms of mass transit. That includes Valley Metro’s trains and buses.
April 19, 2022