Health

Art installation honors thousands of Arizonans who’ve died of COVID-19

TEMPE – Two memorials displayed at the Arizona Heritage Center honor the 511,000 COVID-19 deaths across the nation.


Inhaled smoke could raise risks of COVID-19 for firefighters, expert warns

PHOENIX – Smoke inhalation can have a deadly effect on active firefighters. COVID-19 has been particularly difficult for those who are in the line of duty. Southwestern firefighters share their experiences with the illness, the safety procedures they follow at work and their vulnerability to deadly diseases.


Arizona Department of Corrections fined $1.1 million for neglecting health care benchmarks

PHOENIX – The Arizona Department of Corrections was fined $1.1 million for the month of February after information came to light regarding the violation of a set of health guidelines agreed upon with the state.


Despite grim milestones, experts say state has turned corner on COVID-19

WASHINGTON - COVID-19 still infects thousands and kills hundreds a week in Arizona, but the numbers are getting better. With cases, hospitalizations and deaths down and vaccinations up, experts say the state may have turned the corner.


Residents near Luke AFB offered bottled water after chemicals detected

Those east of Luke Air Force Base are being offered bottled water in response to groundwater contaminated with potentially harmful substances.


For LGBTQ seniors, COVID-19 worsens an epidemic of loneliness

PHOENIX – The COVID-19 pandemic has left an epidemic of loneliness for LGBTQ+ seniors in its wake. However, local communities are finding ways to get these seniors social once again.


‘The balance of risk has shifted’: Cancer screenings plunge during pandemic

PHOENIX – Preventative cancer screenings have plummeted during the pandemic, prompting cancer specialists to work to increase awareness about the need for early tests.


Vaccinated seniors set sights on travel and reunions with family and friends

PHOENIX - Seniors in metro Phoenix are being prioritized in Arizona’s phase 1B of vaccinations, and many are planning for what they want to do next.


Sedentary and stressed? Get outside to improve health during COVID, experts advise

PHOENIX – Despite the pandemic, state parks saw record visitation over parts of 2020, and experts continue to encourage more outdoor activity for both physical – and mental – health.


Masks off: Bill would allow Arizona businesses to ignore city, county mandates

PHOENIX – The House Commerce Committee voted Tuesday to approve a bill that would allow businesses to choose whether to follow mask mandates issued by cities and counties.


COVID vaccines and supplies delayed by severe weather across most of the U.S.

PHOENIX – Shipments of the COVID-19 vaccines and supplies are being delayed because of severe storms across the country. Meanwhile, Arizona’s positive cases are trending downward.


Doctors call for action to eliminate vitamin D deficiencies to help fight COVID

PHOENIX – Some studies have linked deficiencies of vitamin D to severe and sometimes fatal cases of COVID-19, and experts say even the relentless Arizona sun doesn’t provide optimal levels.