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The Valleywise Health network of hospitals is experiencing a staffing shortage amid an increase of COVID-19 patients needing intensive care.
Aug. 18, 2021
hospital bed
The pandemic threw into sharp relief the mental health challenges faced by many populations in the U.S. One of the worst is kids.
Aug. 17, 2021
a COVID-19 vaccine
COVID-19 cases are soaring in Arizona. But the pace of vaccinations in the state appears to be picking up in response.
Aug. 13, 2021
A sign honoring health care workers outside Banner Estrella Medical Center
Arizona is now averaging more than 2,700 new COVID-19 cases per day — more than four times what the state was reporting a month ago. As hospitalizations climb, hospitals are once again concerned over staffing shortages.
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Aug. 10, 2021
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The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting a fifth straight day of 2,000 or more new cases of COVID-19 as disease-related hospitalizations rise around the state.
Ducey Aide: Schools Adopting Mask Mandates Are 'Virtue Signaling'
Aug. 8, 2021
A sign pointing to the emergency department at an Arizona hospital
The Arizona Department of Health Services says more than 1,500 patients occupied Arizona emergency room beds as of Thursday. Wednesday’s high mark of 1,528 is the highest since the Arizona Department of Health Services began tracking occupancy at the start of the pandemic.
Aug. 6, 2021
Rocky Point
With COVID-19 cases rising across the state in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, the beach town Puerto Peñasco, or Rocky Point, is upping safety precautions.
Aug. 6, 2021
The laboratory building at TGen North
New research led by TGen in Phoenix describes early biological signs of Parkinson's disease. That knowledge could one day help scientists improve early diagnosis and treatment. The study also contributes to a large data trove for future investigation.
Aug. 6, 2021
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As the COVID-19 numbers continue to rise, hospitals and medical professionals are facing renewed challenges and stresses.
Aug. 5, 2021
A room at an emergency department
Arizona is now averaging more than 1,800 new COVID-19 infections per day — the most the state has reported since mid-February. And Arizona's hospitals are feeling the strain of the latest surge.
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Aug. 3, 2021
COVID vaccine shot
The Arizona Department of Health Services Sunday added 2,306 confirmed coronavirus infections to its daily dashboard. It’s the second day in a row more than 2,000 new cases have been reported.
Aug. 1, 2021
woman wearing white doctor coat smiles at camera
Creighton University’s School of Medicine students began their four-year journey by taking part in a traditional white coat ceremony. With the opening of its Phoenix campus, the Omaha-based university says it’s positioned to become the nation’s largest Catholic health professions educator.
Jul. 31, 2021
U.S. Supreme Court
Gov. Doug Ducey wants the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn it's historic decision in Roe v. Wade and leave the question of whether to allow abortion in Arizona, and elsewhere, to state lawmakers.
Jul. 30, 2021
Face masks in stock at a coronavirus testing event.
Arizona cities are changing their policies on face coverings. The move comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended vaccinated people resume wearing masks indoors and in high-risk areas.
Jul. 28, 2021
A sign for COVID-19 testing
Health officials in Arizona on Sunday reported 1,508 new COVID-19 cases and one additional death. It marked the seventh consecutive day with at least 1,000 cases, the longest such streak since early March.
Jul. 25, 2021
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Arizona students are heading back to school as concerns grow over rising COVID-19 cases and the Delta variant. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, one listener asked what infectious disease experts recommend for children not old enough to get a vaccine: remote or in-person classes?
More Q&AZ Questions Answered
Jul. 23, 2021
ASU's campus
The editor-in-chief of one of the world's premier lines of science journals this week stepped out from behind the desk to call for colleges and universities to require coronavirus vaccines — and to call out Arizona State University by name.
Jul. 23, 2021
Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center
A group that’s part of the Koch network filed a freedom of information lawsuit this week that in part seeks patient wait-time data from VA health care facilities in Arizona.
Jul. 22, 2021
nurse in a hospital
Arizona hospital leaders are increasingly concerned as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase across the state. The number of Arizonans in hospital intensive care units with COVID-19 has climbed nearly 30% just since last week.
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Jul. 22, 2021
Abort so as not to die
Lawmakers in a state is southeastern Mexico voted to decriminalize elective abortion this week — making it the fourth state in the country to allow the procedure.
Jul. 21, 2021


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