At least one Arizona healthcare system is allowing employees to come into work even if they have COVID-19.
Arizona's first known case of the Omicron variant has been confirmed in Yavapai County, state and local health officials said Wednesday.
Scientists don't know if omicron is more transmissible or dangerous than previous variants. So far, there is no indication it causes more severe disease.
The recommendation is a sharp change from holidays a year ago, when health officials warned against travel and all but the most limited family gatherings.
A series of Arizona laws, including one that would have blocked mask requirements in K-12 schools, were upheld as unconstitutional.
At least one Valley pediatrician's office is already booking vaccination appointments for younger children in anticipation of FDA approval.
As of last month, 76% of city employees had been vaccinated against COVID-19, while 546 employees had requested an exemption from getting the vaccine.
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