Health

COVID-19 in Arizona: Elective surgeries to resume, despite projected peak in mid-May

A state senator has confirmed that he has tested positive for COVID-19, the Navajo Nation is joining a lawsuit against the federal government for withholding funds, and other updates from the Grand Canyon State.


‘Beyond disheartening’: Suns broadcaster Leander proud of daughter’s stand at stay-at-home protest

PHOENIX – ICU nurse Lauren Leander is making headlines after standing up to protesters demanding that stay-at-home orders be lifted, and her father is proud of her.


COVID-19 in Arizona: 13 residents dead, 28 infected at assisted living facility in Chandler

PHOENIX – Arizona national forests impose campfire restrictions, Phoenix votes to help fund the homeless and vulnerable, St. Mary’s Food Bank donates to Navajo Nation, and more updates from the Grand Canyon State.


Church, Chandler nonprofit team to keep homeless people safe during coronavirus

PHOENIX – Valley Unitarian Universalist church in Chandler has become the sole provider for those who might otherwise be on the street during COVID-19.


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.