Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

Americans are marking the Thanksgiving holiday amid an unrelenting pandemic that has upended traditions at dinner tables all around the country.

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  Supreme Court blocks NY coronavirus limits on houses of worship

Arizona Rep. Andres Cano tests positive for COVID-19

  Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

  Arizona reports 6,568 deaths from COVID-19; 682 in Pima County

  Texas grandparents mail life-sized cutouts to family for holidays

  Demand rises for COVID-19 tests amid calls for smaller holiday gatherings

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  Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022

  AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

  27 veterans die in COVID-19 outbreak at Illinois VA home

  Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

23 inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Pima County Adult Detention Complex

  27 COVID deaths at Illinois vets nursing home prompts probe

The department on Tuesday requested an independent probe into the facility, which was the focus of a state Senate committee virtual hearing on the outbreak.

  EU says first coronavirus vaccinations possible by Christmas

A top European Union official is appealing to the 27 member countries to urgently prepare logistical chains to handle the rollout of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses.

  Doctor simulates COVID-19 patient’s last moments to encourage virus precautions

The doctor encourages everyone to take precautions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing.

  Voluntary curfew is a layered strategy

Pima County, according to health officials, is in the midst of an accelerated spread of the coronavirus.

  Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

  Hotel workers struggle amid coronavirus resurgence

Arizona Department of Health releases sign-up information for COVID-19 vaccine administrators

  Keep the mask: A vaccine won’t end the US crisis right away

  International flyers may soon need to get coronavirus vaccinations

  Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

  Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine

The federal prison system will be among the first to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

  More school restrictions coming?

Officials weigh the risks of in-person learning.

  Pima County issues voluntary curfew as it reports highest number of COVID-19 cases since pandemic began

From Nov. 15-21, Pima County reported its highest number of COVID-19 cases since pandemic began.

Canyon del Oro High School confirms positive COVID-19 case

The school says they will communicate with those who may have been exposed.

Pima County Health Department issues Public Health Advisory, voluntary curfew through Dec. 31

The Curfew applies to all Pima County residents, except those individuals who have no fixed address.

  3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

AstraZeneca is the third major drug company to report late-stage results for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as the world anxiously waits for scientific breakthroughs that will bring an end to a pandemic that has wrought economic devastation and resulted in nearly 1.4 million confirmed deaths.

  Shops, gyms to reopen in England under new COVID-19 plan

British Prime Boris Johnson confirmed to lawmakers Monday the government will lift the stay-at-home instruction on Dec. 2.

  Pandemic has taken a bite out of seafood trade, consumption

The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species.

  Regal owner Cineworld secures financial help until hoped-for reopening

Cineworld, which last month closed its cinemas in the U.S. and the U.K., has secured more than $750 million of new financing that it hopes will see it through the coronavirus pandemic.

  Military steps in to help in El Paso hospitals amid devastating COVID-19 surge

With El Paso hospitals and ICUs over capacity since last month due to one of the worst COVID-19 surges in the country, three Air Force medical teams have spent the past two weeks deployed to aid in the fight.

LOOKING FOR WORK? Here’s a list of who’s hiring in southern Arizona

Employers holding job fairs to fill open positions.

  First US immunizations for COVID-19 could arrive on Dec. 12

The head of the U.S. effort to produce a coronavirus vaccine says the first immunizations could happen on Dec. 12.

Macy’s flagship store honors essential workers with holiday window displays

The display for this challenging year - with the theme "Give, Love and Believe" - honors frontline workers who have performed so heroically during the pandemic.

  Wrong text strangers hold mini Thanksgiving to honor loved one who died from COVID-19

An Arizona grandmother and her grandson by choice have celebrated Thanksgiving together since they met through an accidental text message in 2016.

  FDA allows emergency use of antibody drug Trump received

U.S. health officials Saturday agreed to allow emergency use of a second antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental medicine that President Donald Trump was given when he was sickened last month.

  Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules

Efforts to require lawmakers and staff to wear masks have received a cool reception even in statehouses that have seen outbreaks of the virus or where Republican governors have issued statewide mandates.

  Tenn. woman delivers baby while hospitalized with COVID-19

Now she’s sharing her experience with others and hopes they take the warning serious.

  Daily COVID-19 deaths in US reach highest level since May

The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest since the calamitous spring in and around New York City.

  What does emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine mean?

During a health crisis, the FDA can loosen its normal scientific standards to allow emergency use of experimental drugs, devices, vaccines and other medical products.

Pima County cancels athletic events, tournaments through Dec. 31

An accelerated rate of transmission of COVID-19 in Pima County is among the reasons behind the decision.

  Student heading home for the holiday? Get a virus test, colleges say

Thousands of cases have been connected to campuses since some colleges reopened this fall, forcing students to quarantine in dorms and shifting classes online.

  Health experts clash over use of certain drugs for COVID-19

Health officials around the world disagree on the use certain drugs for COVID-19, leading to different treatment options for patients depending on where they live.

  St. Jude scientists make breakthrough and discover possible COVID-19 treatment

Scientists at St. Jude may have figured out how COVID-19 kills, and more importantly, how to stop it.

DES to require identity verification for PUA claimants amid fraud

The Department of Economic Security will require identity verification for everyone receiving assistance come December.

Tyson suspends Iowa plant managers amid virus betting claim

At the time of the alleged betting, Tyson was resisting pressure from local officials to shut down the plant as a safety precaution. The company argued the plant, which can process nearly 20,000 hogs per day, was a vital market for farmers and critical to the meat supply.

  A nurse’s plea to the public ahead of Thanksgiving

One nurse is asking everyone to be mindful of their contact with others ahead of the holidays.

2021 Gem & Jewelry Exchange canceled due to COVID concerns

Organizers of the Gem & Jewelry Exchange have confirmed they will not be taking part of the Tucson Gem Show in February, next year.

High school winter sports season postponed by AIA

The Arizona Interscholastic Association said its executive board voted to postpone the start of the winter sports season.

Community health centers struggle to serve and survive during pandemic

Community health clinics provide care for more than 29 million people in medically underserved communities.

New Mexico State basketball relocates to Phoenix for 5 weeks because of COVID-19

The Aggies could potentially stay longer depending on state updates regarding the pandemic.

Arizona Department of Health Services issues emergency mask requirements for schools

ADHS is requiring anyone on campus, school buses and at school-related activities to wear a mask.

  Proper disposal of PPE keeps wildlife, pets safe

Strings on disposable masks can be harmful to any animal, even pets.

Tucson International Airport to implement COVID testing site ahead of Thanksgiving

Tucson Internation Airport will offer free COVID-19 testing to travelers beginning Friday, Nov. 20.

Gov. Ducey announces newest efforts against COVID-19 in Arizona

AZ Gov. Ducey updates the the mitigations strategies against the coronavirus as the state sees an increase in coronavirus cases.

  EXPLAINER: What’s with the confusion over masks?

A lot of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus comes down to a seemingly simple concept: Wearing a mask.

  Sorry, Grinch. Virus won’t stop NORAD from tracking Santa

The North American Aerospace Defense Command has announced that NORAD will track Santa on Dec. 24, just as it has done for 65 years. But there will be some changes.

  Toilet paper limits, empty shelves are back as coronavirus surges

The biggest supply issue seems to be paper products: 21% of shelves that stock paper towels and toilet paper are empty, the highest level in at least a month.

  Texas boy, 4, loses both parents to COVID-19 just months apart

As they mourn, the family is urging others to do their part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus by wearing masks and staying safe.

  CEO of Tucson Medical Center asks school officials to return to hybrid learning

TMC says it is facing critical staff shortages, and vacancies among nursing positions are about 50% higher today than they were at this time last year.

Banner Health enacts visitor restrictions amid COVID-19 surge

The new policy will go into effect on Nov. 18, 2020

  Pfizer files for authorization on coronavirus vaccine

Last week, the company announced its coronavirus vaccine appeared to be more than 90% effective.

Volunteers still needed to test variety of COVID-19 vaccines

Multiple vaccines will be needed to meet global demand and help end the pandemic, raising concern that studies that still need to sign up thousands of volunteers could run short if people wait for an already OK’d option instead.

Arizona leaders, groups ask Gov. Ducey to act now to slow spread of coronavirus

Several officials and groups in Arizona are asking Gov. Doug Ducey to act now to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

‘This is trauma’: Latino children face mental health struggles during pandemic

Crisis introduces variety of stressors into lives of children and teens.

  Navajo Nation locks down for 3 weeks because of coronavirus surge

People can only leave their homes for emergencies or essentials; government offices and businesses must close. Learning moves online.

Tucson Medical Center CEO calls on educators to expand in-person learning

Judy Rich, the president and CEO of Tucson Medical Center, is asking that schools offer more options for in-person learning.

  Study: Face masks unlikely to hinder lung function during exercise

Researchers said there’s little evidence that wearing a face mask during physical activity significantly impacts lung function or makes any measurable difference for people who are in good health.

  States tightening anti-virus restrictions amid case surge

Between now and June 2022, state and local governments could be facing a shortfall or $400 billion or more by some estimates.

  Pfizer to test COVID-19 vaccine distribution in 4 states

Pfizer is planning to test distribution of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in four states.

Green Valley American Legion post closed because of COVID-19 case

Post closed for two weeks after employee tests positive.

  Salpointe Catholic High School launches esports team

Esports gives students a chance to be part of a team atmosphere in a virtual world.

  Walmart to limit number of customers in stores amid coronavirus surge

Walmart has gone back to counting and monitoring how many customers enter and leave its stores.

  Some COVID-positive patients don’t believe virus is real, even as they’re dying, SD nurse says

The nurse says healthcare professionals need help from the public, including mask wearing and social distancing, to improve the situation, which she describes as being like a "horror movie that never ends."

  Holiday shopping season starts early; Tucson businesses thankful for the boost

After a year of hardships, shops and restaurants are hoping to make up for lost sales.

  University of Arizona students prepare to go home for Thanksgiving

The university says testing will be mandatory for all student living on campus during the spring semester.

  2nd coronavirus vaccine shows striking success in US tests

Moderna said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data from an ongoing study.

University of Arizona tests thousands ahead of the holidays

The university tested more than 7,000 people before holiday traveling.

Internal email reveals 65 virus cases among WHO Geneva staff

Farah Dakhlallah, a WHO spokeswoman, confirmed the accuracy of the information about the case count in an email to the AP.