Coronavirus


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Children 12 and Older in Arizona Can Now Get Vaccinated. Here’s What to Know.

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to anyone 12 and older at a number of pharmacies and at any of Arizona's state-run vaccination sites.

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Arizona Concert Venues Are Slowly Reopening While Still Hoping for More Aid

“Until that aid comes, it’s hard to think about reopening at scale.” Concert venues in Arizona are slowly beginning to reopen as people continue to get vaccinated, and pandemic restrictions have largely been lifted.  But, for some music venues, turning the financial tide isn’t going to be as easy as getting back to business. Many...

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This Arizona Tribe was a COVID Hot Spot. Then, They Stepped Up to Save Their People

The White Mountain Apache Tribe slowed the spread of COVID through contact tracing, surveillance of high-risk individuals, and vaccinations. The COVID-19 pandemic hit Native Americans especially hard. But as the spotlight turned to larger communities, including the Navajo Nation, the White Mountain Apache Tribe quietly battled to save its 15,000 members. Now, more than a...

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Here’s What Concerts Will Look Like in Arizona as Venues Carefully Reopen

“We’re going to make the music-going experience even better, so we’ve just got to hold on.”  Slade Echeverria and Danny Stravers hadn’t played music on stage for more than a year.  Echeverria and Stravers sing and play guitar for Anarbor, a veteran Arizona alternative rock outfit formed in Phoenix in 2003. While venues across Arizona...

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Laboring To Remain Healthy: COVID-19 Takes Toll on Arizona Farmworkers

More than 7,200 Arizona agricultural workers have tested positive for COVID-19. The workers swing their machetes, chopping vegetables under the heat of a midmorning sun. When the migrant workers take a moment to wipe the sweat from their masked faces, they can see the wall along the Mexican border, not a half-mile distant. But before long,...

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‘I Instantly Knew He Was Dead’: Drug Overdoses Surge During Pandemic, Piling Tragedy Upon Tragedy

At least 87,000 people died of a drug overdose from September 2019-2020—the most deaths in a single year. It was a Tuesday afternoon, two months into the pandemic, when Theresa Guerrero got the call from her brother-in-law: Her son, Jacob, had been found unresponsive. She was standing in the middle of a Ross store in...

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A Vaccinated Arizona Lawmaker Got COVID, But Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Skip the Vaccine

Out of the nearly 2.3 million people Arizonans fully vaccinated, less than .05% have been diagnosed with COVID. Arizona Rep. Alma Hernández announced last week that she had been diagnosed with COVID-19.  While that isn’t surprising more than a year into the pandemic, Hernandez’s case is notable because she’s already received both doses of the...