COVID-19 Coverage

The latest on COVID-19 in Arizona.

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Arizona is getting another $862 million in federal COVID relief dollars to help safely reopen schools. 

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By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Arizona hospitals overall saw huge increases in their profits last year despite -- or more likely, because of -- COVID-19. 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments about whether the ban on mask mandates at public schools was legally enacted. 

 
And the justices agreed to do it relatively quickly. 

 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- The Arizona Supreme Court refused Wednesday to let the state start enforcing its new ban on school mask mandates, at least for the time being. 

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THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED WEEKLY WITH THE CURRENT COVID-19 NUMBERS FOR YUMA AND LA PAZ COUNTY

Last update: Sept. 28, 2021

NUMBER OF VACCINES ADMINSTERED:

Arizona: 7,666,489

 

Yuma County: 230,315

 

La Paz County: 18,460

 

COVID CASES AND DEATHS: 

 

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By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich is filing suit in a bid to block the Biden administration from imposing a vaccine mandate on workers. 

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By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- A Tucson ordinance requiring city employees to get vaccinated or face suspension is illegal, Attorney General Mark Brnovich concluded Tuesday. 

 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Facing a surge of patients, COVID and otherwise, the state's largest hospital chain is providing care in hallways, waiting rooms and even ambulances during surges and is making "day-by-day decisions'' on admitting patients for elective surgeries, its chief clinical officer reported Wednesday. 

 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- A judge will hear arguments Sept. 13 over whether it was legal for state lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey to bar schools from requiring students and staff to wear masks. 

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By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Private businesses in Arizona are free to require that their workers be vaccinated against COVID-19, Attorney General Mark Brnovich has concluded. 

 

COVID-19 cases are up in Arizona, driven by the spread of the delta variant. On this Arizona Edition, KAWC’s Lou Gum speaks with Diana Gomez, Director of the Yuma County Health Services District.

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- President Biden on Wednesday directed the nation's top education official to take action "against governors that are trying to block and intimidate local school officials and educators'' by prohibiting them from requiring the use of masks. 

 

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By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey is moving to block cities and counties from telling their workers they have to be vaccinated against COVID-19. 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Arizona schools are free to require students and staff to wear masks on campus, at least for the time being. 

City of San Luis

The San Luis Senior Center is closed indefinity following two COVID positive cases and a rise in cases throughout Yuma County, according to the city of San Luis. 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- The state's largest community college systems are imposing their own mask mandates on students, staff and visitors in all indoor spaces, saying they are not violating a state law and gubernatorial executive order that appear to preclude that. 

 

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By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- A top doctor at the state's largest hospital network said the facilities could begin to impose capacity restrictions at the rate COVID-19 is multiplying in Arizona.

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- A Republican gubernatorial contender wants to give vouchers to parents who don't want their children in public schools where masks are required so they can instead send them to private or parochial schools at state expense. 

 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- A new mandate by Phoenix Union High School District that students and staff wear masks remains in effect, at least for the time being, as do similar policies being adopted by other districts. 

 

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By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- The state's top health official is quitting. 

 
Cara Christ is leaving as director of the Department of Health Services to become chief medical officer at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. Her last day will be Aug. 27. 

By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- A federal judge has thrown out a bid by Attorney General Mark Brnovich to void provisions in a COVID-19 federal relief package that preclude any of the cash being used for tax cuts. 

 

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By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey is doubling down on his refusal to reimpose mitigation measures to help slow the increasing spread of COVID-19. 

 

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By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- The state's top health official said Tuesday that schools should be able to quarantine unvaccinated students and keep them out of class in at least some cases where they have been exposed to COVID-19. 

 

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By Howard Fischer 
Capitol Media Services 

 
PHOENIX -- Two school districts are telling the governor that he's legally off base in demanding they scrap their quarantine policies. 

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By Howard Fischer
Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey doesn't plan to block state universities from requiring students to be vaccinated against at least some diseases despite a move this week to do just that over COVID-19.

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