Health

TGen is testing cats and dogs in Arizona for COVID-19

PHOENIX – The Translational Genomics Research Institute in Phoenix has launched a new project with the Arizona Department of Health Services to better understand how COVID-19 affects pets.


Dementia patients at greater risk for COVID-19, study shows

PHOENIX – There are times when the residents in Marian Gutierrez’s group home are blissfully unaware: unaware of the pandemic gripping the globe, of the political turmoil it has caused and the lives it has stolen. Yet they aren’t exempt from the pain it has inflicted.


Arizona highway deaths rose during pandemic, as driving was declining

WASHINGTON - Traffic deaths in Arizona surged during the COVID-19 pandemic, even as the number of miles driven in the state appeared to be decreasing, according to preliminary statistics from 2020.


Group steps up to get supplies to Navajo veterans during pandemic

PHOENIX – When two Arizona veterans heard that veterans on the Navajo reservation were struggling during the pandemic, they felt it was their duty to help. So they started raising money to get supplies directly to them.


Neighbors hope for relief from crematorium smoke as COVID-19 deaths decrease

PHOENIX – Maricopa County’s air quality department lifted regulations for crematoriums to operate past sunset. Public records show county residents have filed nearly 20 complaints about smoke coming from across the county.


Ducey orders Arizona businesses to reopen, calls for end of local mask mandates

Gov. Doug Ducey’s latest executive order prohibits local mask mandates and allows for gatherings of more than 50 people. Bars also will be allowed to operate normally, without serving food.


Arizona vaccination slots fill up within minutes; more appointments available Friday

PHOENIX — Appointments were all booked within 20 minutes of opening at 8 a.m. Wednesday, but the state will have more slots available Friday.


Tribes welcome COVID-19 relief funds, say deep-rooted problems remain

WASHINGTON - Advocates said the billions in aid slated for Native Americans under the latest COVID-19 relief bill is welcome, but they told a House committee Tuesday that a one-shot infusion will not solve all the challenges facing tribes.


State to offer COVID-19 vaccine to those 16 and up starting this week

WASHINGTON - Arizona will begin offering COVID-19 vaccinations to state residents as young as 16, throwing open a process that for months has prioritized older and ailing residents and frontline workers.


School yard: Officials welcome new 3-foot rule for COVID-safe students

WASHINGTON - Arizona school and health officials welcomed Friday's announcement that COVID-safe social distancing for students can be reduced from 6 feet to 3, but they did not appear to be rushing to embrace the lower standard.


‘Words matter’: Asian Americans frightened, frustrated by continued hate crimes

PHOENIX – Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian American and Pacific Islander community have seen increases in hate crimes. After this week’s Atlanta murders, Arizona advocates are voicing the need for change.


Arizona neighborhoods join Little Free Pantry movement to fight hunger

As food insecurity rises, Arizona communities are setting up neighborhood “little” pantries to get food and supplies to those in need.