Health

COVID-19 in Arizona: Native American communities hit harder than some states, research finds

PHOENIX – Arizona sets a single-day record for new cases; more swab testing will be available in Phoenix; tiny Guadalupe reports high infection numbers; and more headlines from around the Grand Canyon State.


Amid COVID-related harassment of Asian Americans, experts stress need for mental health care

Asian Americans historically have been less likely to seek mental health care than other Americans, but amid harassment and some violence related to COVID-19, experts urge those in need to seek help.


Ducey says state will keep reopening despite surge in COVID-19 cases

PHOENIX – Facing rise in COVID-19 cases, politicians and health experts voice concern for Arizona’s plans to continue reopening businesses that were shut down in March. In other news, state health officials reported a total of 31,264 cases of COVID-19 and 1,127 deaths.


Masks during workouts, daily health checks highlight UA’s return to sports in COVID-19 era

PHOENIX – Director of Athletics David Heeke and Dr. Stephen Paul of C.A.T.S Medical Services addressed the re-entry plan for athletes, Football players will start returning June 15.


Higher asthma rate among challenges LGBTQ youth face during pandemic

LOS ANGELES – With higher rates of asthma, homelessness and unsupportive home environments, many LGBTQ youth face unique challenges during COVID-19, and a Phoenix nonprofit is developing resources to help.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Cases spike in Maricopa County jails

PHOENIX – A growing number of inmates in Maricopa County jails have tested positive for COVID-19; Arizona scientists develop genetically engineered mice for vaccine testing; blood donations are being tested for antibodies; and more headlines from around the Grand Canyon State.


Hospitals adapt to keep beds available as surge in COVID-19 cases tests system

Surging numbers of COVID-19 cases in Arizona have pushed some hospital intensive-care units to their limits in recent weeks, but health experts around the state said hospitals still have room to adapt - for now.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Navajo leaders lay out plan to spend relief funds, shield elderly from ‘this monster’

SCOTTSDALE – Arizona hits its highest seven-day average of new COVID-19 cases to date, 1,070 Arizonans now have died of the disease, first responders are tested in Flagstaff and more headlines from around the Grand Canyon State.


Community groups step in to provide immigrants COVID testing, relief

PHOENIX – Congress has provided medical and financial relief to millions of Americans dealing with COVID-19, but many immigrants are excluded – leaving advocacy groups to provide economic, medical and emotional support.


COVID-19 in Arizona: State officials press hospitals to activate emergency plans

PHOENIX – As Arizona’s largest health system and COVID-19 cases rapidly increase, Banner Health’s Intensive Care Units are threatening to reach maximum capacity.


Heat-relief providers face two battles: Arizona summer and COVID-19

PHOENIX – Efforts to provide hydration, cooling and temporary shelter to needy populations now must also balance the health and safety of their workers and guests, as CDC guidelines restrict their capacity and increase the need for donations.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Deaths top 1,000, new cases set fourth record in a week

WASHINGTON - Coronavirus-related deaths in Arizona passed 1,000 on Friday, as 16 new deaths brought the state's total to 1,012 since the first death was reported in mid-March.The grim milestone came as new COVID-19 cases continued to soar, with a new daily of 1,579 new cases Friday.