Health

State passes 5,000 COVID-19 deaths, but overall numbers trending down

WASHINGTON - Arizona passed 200,000 COVID-19 cases this week and the death toll from the disease topped 5,000 Saturday, but despite those somber milestones experts said the numbers are all moving in the right direction - for now.


‘Groundhog Day’: Coyotes’ mental fortitude tested inside Edmonton bubble

PHOENIX - The 2019-2020 Stanley Cup playoffs presented a unique challenge in testing the mental limits of the Coyotes, outside of hockey.


‘Hit twice as hard’: Children with disabilities face onslaught of challenges

Children with disabilities are more likely to enter the juvenile justice system because of harsh school disciplinary practices.


Homeless people in rural America struggle to find help

Homeless people in rural areas are vulnerable to COVID-19 because of health disparities and lack of access to medical care. And with schools closed, homeless students struggle with food security and internet access.


Patchwork education system in juvenile centers often falls short

The lack of consistent and uniform policies, along with a lack of data, conceal how – or if – young people learn in detention facilities.


More than 1,600 kids in detention have tested positive for COVID-19

COVID-19 affects the juvenile justice system with a rising number of positive cases, as juvenile detention facilities evolve their health care protocols to help slow its spread.


Homeless workers face heightened risks in the pandemic

Many homeless people work low-wage essential jobs while living in unsanitary conditions, putting them at higher risk of catching and possibly transmitting the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.


Months later, communities still await federal aid for the homeless

Congress rushed an aid package for the nation’s homeless residents, but four months after passage of the CARES Act, most of that $4 billion has not reached those in need.


COVID-19 is a ‘crisis within a crisis’ for homeless people

PHOENIX – Homeless people are extremely vulnerable to COVID-19, but its impact on them is largely a mystery as data collection is sparse and, minus any coordinated federal response, local governments must figure out how to protect their homeless during the pandemic.


Arizonans share health care struggles in Democratic convention speeches

When Kristin Urquiza wrote her dad's obit after his COVID-19 death, the Democratic National Convention was last thing on her mind. But Urquiza was there this week, with fellow Arizonan Jeff Jeans, to speak to the convention about health care concerns.


Slow COVID-19 test results prevent effective contract tracing, health expert says

PHOENIX – Public health expert Will Humble explains contact tracing and R0 values, and their impact in the spread of COVID-19.


Missing you: High school football programs face safety and money woes in COVID-19 era

PHOENIX – High school coaches are eager to get the season started in person, but the pandemic has caused uncertainty and will affect fans, players and funding for high school sporting programs across metro Phoenix.