Health

COVID-19 in Arizona: Ducey ‘cautiously optimistic’ about reopening next month, single-day death toll hits a record 21

PHOENIX – Navajo leaders urge compliance with weekend curfew, Banner Health furloughs employees while expanding telehealth offerings, and more updates from around the Grand Canyon State.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Protesters demand that Arizona reopen; experts say far more testing is needed first

PHOENIX – Arizona must double the number of tests it conducts before reopening for business, an expert says; water shortage might be contributing to cases of the disease among Navajos; and other updates about how COVID-19 is impacting Arizona.


To address overwhelming need, Arizona nurses deploy to Colorado

PHOENIX – As communities across the country struggle to contain the novel coronavirus, Arizona nurses mobilize to help a hard-hit area of Colorado.


Arizona researchers intend to play key roles in defeating COVID-19

PHOENIX – Researchers in Arizona are teaming up to create a genomics union that will analyze the virus’ genetic codes and hopefully reveal critical information that could help create diagnostics and develop a vaccine.


Tribal leaders struggle against ‘very slow’ allocation of COVID-19 aid

PHOENIX - The Navajo Nation has the country's third-highest rate of COVID-19 infections, but it has watched funds go to less hard-hit areas in a "very slow" federal aid process, Navajo President Jonathan Nez said Friday, part of an online discussion of federal response to coronavirus in Indian Country.


Researchers investigate whether warmth and humidity will slow COVID-19

PHOENIX – In the race to predict the end of the pandemic, MIT and Harvard University researchers have studied climate and the spread of cases to discover trends.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Plasma from recovered patients used for treatment

PHOENIX – Jobless claims continue to stay high, advocates urge release of incarcerated and other news from around the Grand Canyon State.


Experts ask death penalty states for scarce drugs that can treat COVID-19 patients

PHOENIX – Doctors raised concerns that powerful pharmaceuticals used in executions are needed to treat COVID-19 patients.


COVID-19 in Arizona: 11,000 small businesses approved for loans

PHOENIX – Confirmed cases surpass 4,000 and the death toll stands at 150; peak of need for medical care predicted for April 30; and other updates from around the Grand Canyon State.


Arizona Supreme Court, coping with COVID-19, hears first case via video

TEMPE - Arizona Supreme Court justices - sitting at an appropriate distance from one another - heard arguments from attorneys via videoconference this week for the first time, as the high court tried to to continue its work while employing safe practices in the face of COVID-19.


Custody, co-parenting and coronavirus: Q&A with a child custody expert

LOS ANGELES – Jann Blackstone, a former child custody mediator with the California Superior Court, weighs in on how divorced parents can come together for their children during the era of COVID-19.


Hospitals near ‘financial extinction’ from limits to prep for COVID-19

WASHINGTON - Arizona hospitals are facing "dire financial consequences" and furloughing staff, as cutbacks meant to prepare for COVID-19 cases have instead cost them as much as $575 million a month, about 30-40% of normal revenues statewide.