Health

White House calls for quick return to school; some Arizona parents, educators balk

PHOENIX - A White House panel of parents, teachers and school administrators said Tuesday that reopening schools this fall should be the nation's top priority, but some teachers and parents in Arizona said they worry that schools here will not be able to find safe ways to do it.


COVID-19 in Arizona: Judge refuses to block Ducey order closing gyms

PHOENIX – A Maricopa County judge on Tuesday refused to block Gov. Doug Ducey's order closing gyms across the state, ruling that Mountainside Fitness could not show that the abrupt shutdown order violated the law.


ASU researchers develop cheaper, faster saliva test for COVID-19

PHOENIX — Researchers at Arizona State University have developed a COVID-19 saliva test that’s cheaper than nasal tests, and it’s easier to administer.


COVID-19 in Arizona: State surpasses 100,000 cases

PHOENIX – Lack of European tourists will hit the tourism industry, White Mountain Apache Tribe gets federal aid, and more headlines from around the Grand Canyon State.


Turf wars: Despite its benefits, artificial grass still raises questions about injuries to athletes

PHOENIX – Although artificial turf has greatly improved since its introduction in the 1960s, studies suggest it is still likely to cause more injuries among athletes than its more expensive counterpart: natural grass.


Mutual aid groups band together to help those in need during COVID-19

PHOENIX – Groups around Arizona are coming together to provide mutual aid, and help people with food, rent and care packages during COVID-19.


COVID-19 in Arizona: School officials say delay helps, but much still needs to be done

PHOENIX - Gov. Doug Ducey this week delayed the start of schools to Aug. 17 in light of COVID-19 infections, but parents and school administrators said that while the delay is welcome they are still scrambling to figure out how to reopen schools safely this fall.

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Bombs bursting online: Towns work to balance fireworks, COVID-19 safety

PHOENIX - This Fourth will be a first for many in Arizona: The first time fireworks are replaced by sparklers, or are a drive-through or online event, or are watched in masks at a healthy distance. While planners juggle festivities with COVID-19 health concerns, they insist the celebrations will go on.


‘Help is on the way’: Pence makes house call to Arizona amid COVID-19 surge

PHOENIX – Vice President Mike Pence praises Gov. Doug Ducey’s efforts to curb spread of disease and pledged federal support


An ‘emotional,’ financial drain: Gym owners blindsided by Ducey’s order to shut down

PHOENIX – The news that gyms would need to shut down as part of Gov. Doug Ducey’s latest executive order to slow the spread of the coronavirus has blindsided those who work in the industry.