Coronavirus

  Some health experts suggest double-masking to stop spread of COVID-19 variants

More experts are saying wearing two masks or masks with extra layers could be more effective in stopping the spread of COVID-19 and the new strains of the virus that are emerging.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

  US virus numbers drop, but race against new strains heats up

  UK passes 100,000 coronavirus deaths as outbreak still rages

Gov. Ducey announces $1 million in funding to expand outdoor seating

  Arizona reports 4,748 new cases of COVID-19; 12,448 total deaths

  2 ‘pillars’ of Indianapolis family die from COVID-19 within 24 hours

Six retail pharmacies to begin administering COVID-19 vaccine in Pima County

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Pima County COVID-19 vaccination help line expands hours, staff

University of Arizona keeps most classes online, helps county with more vaccinations

  KOLD News 13 answers your COVID-19 questions

  Job losses from virus 4 times as bad as ’09 financial crisis

COVID-19 vaccinations at Glendale State Farm Stadium pause due to lightning

Flurry of Biden orders on COVID-19 raise some doubts, but more hopes

  Samuel L. Jackson wears Avengers-themed mask while getting COVID-19 vaccine

Jackson will have to return for his second dose in three to four weeks.

  Google Maps to display COVID-19 vaccination sites

Google Maps will soon display COVID-19 vaccination sites.

  ‘My worst nightmare’: Mother speaks after 11-year-old son suffers heart problems due to COVID-19

The 11-year-old ended up in the cardiac intensive care unit with myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle, after he caught a seemingly mild case of COVID-19.

  White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief

Top aides to President Joe Biden have begun talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

  2 in 5 Americans live where COVID-19 strains hospital ICUs

  US passes 25 million confirmed cases of COVID-19

  Biden to reinstate COVID travel rules, add South Africa

  Fauci says vaccine goal would cover 67 million

  New Zealand reports 1st community case of coronavirus in months

  Nurse battling COVID-19 may have contracted virus between vaccine doses

Flowing Wells extends remote learning through Feb. 12

Flowing Wells schools will continue remote learning through Friday, Feb. 12.

AZDHS: Arizona passes 400K administered COVID-19 vaccine doses

And Arizona has activated the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Retail Pharmacy Program, which will add up to 100 pharmacy stores providing the vaccine over the next few weeks.

  President Biden’s eviction freeze expected to help thousands in southern Arizona

The City of Tucson, Pima County and a nonprofit plan to work together to give out this next round of federal rental assistance.

LIVE BLOG: COVID-19 vaccine rollout across Arizona

The latest on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in Arizona.

Pima County to receive additional vaccine, but not enough to meet demand

Pima County’s Health Director and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Garcia said he will not advocate to expand the eligibility groups until they get further through the bulk of the 75 and older population.

Computer glitch causes problem with COVID-19 vaccine appointments in Pima County

As TMC worked to fix the glitch, health leaders decided to call law enforcement personnel on a curated list to come to the Tucson Convention Center to receive the vaccine, so the doses would not go to waste.

  Pima County works to release non-violent inmates to slow spread of COVID-19

Since the pandemic began, the department said two inmates have died from COVID-19 related complications.

  UK chief scientist says new virus variant may be more deadly

British officials say they are confident that the vaccines that have been authorized for use against COVID-19 will be effective against the new strain identified in the country.

Carnival Cruise Line cancels trips through April

The company said in a news release it was notifying people who had booked a trip and their options for refunds or credits for future travel.

Dave Chappelle tests positive for COVID-19; shows canceled

Dave Chappelle has tested positive for the coronavirus and his upcoming comedy shows have been canceled.

  Biden’s new mask mandate and you

In his first executive order, the president enacted the 100 Days Masking Challenge.

  County news on coronavirus is mixed

For the past week, the seven-day rolling average shows that the number of cases and percent-positivity have stabilized, but it’s still premature to call it a plateau.

  COVID antibody test results hard to interpret, local health experts say

This past week the state reported about 2,200 positive antibody tests out of 6,350 people, according to AZDHS.

Rep. Grijalva introduces bill to Congress to aid border businesses impacted by pandemic

The Border Business COVID-19 Rescue Act would provide funds to small businesses along the border to address the economic injuries effected by the pandemic.

  Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed and matched?

The COVID-19 vaccines rolling out in the United States, the United Kingdom and other parts of the world so far require two shots given a few weeks apart.

AFA urging individuals with Alzheimer’s to get COVID-19 vaccine

According to the foundation, individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease are often older and at higher risk of developing serious complications from COVID-19.

Pima County’s rural areas to receive thousands of COVID-19 vaccine doses

Pima health leaders expect the doses to be used within one week of arrival.

  EU struggles, looks for answers to stop spread of new virus variants

The 27 leaders were looking at further border restrictions, better tracking of mutations and improving coordination of lockdowns.

TMC and Higher Ground opening learning center for staff children

Academic support takes place in an on-campus location so students can focus on their schoolwork while they receive the support they need during these challenging times. The cost for a family is $15 per day and includes the use of a private indoor learning area as well as a secure outdoor area.

  Eli Lilly: Drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in nursing homes

Residents and staff who got the drug had up to a 57% lower risk of getting COVID-19 compared to others at the same facility who got a placebo, the drugmaker said.

Pima County inmate with COVID dies at hospital

The 47-year-old tested positive on Dec. 29.

  Cruise line requires passengers to get COVID vaccine

Saga Cruise Lines announced passengers must be fully vaccinated, meaning they've received both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before their departure.

  US jobless claims decline to a still-high 900,000

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, lowering claims to 900,000, still a historically high level that points to further job cuts in a raging pandemic.

  Biden’s US revives support for WHO, reversing Trump retreat

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s quick commitment to the WHO — whose response to the pandemic has been criticized by many, but most vociferously by the Trump administration — marks a dramatic and vocal shift toward a more cooperative approach to fighting the pandemic.

  Schwarzenegger on COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Come with me if you want to live’

The actor and former California governor tweeted out a video of himself getting the shot.

  Holding hands, couple married 70 years dies from COVID-19 minutes apart

Three of the couple's children wanted to share their story to encourage others to take COVID-19 seriously and give the virus respect.

CDC extends Eviction Moratorium to end of March

The CDC has extended the Eviction Moratorium until at least March 31st.

  County officials say vaccine distribution is not equitable

Not having an ample supply means some people in Pima County are signing up on the state site and will travel, or have traveled, to Phoenix to get their vaccine.

Pima County, Desert Senita roll out priority 1B COVID-19 vaccination in Ajo area

If you are 75 or older and are one of Desert Senita’s 426 patients in this age group, the health center will call you to schedule an appointment for your vaccine.

  As virus surges, states reporting shortages of vaccine

The shortage of doses comes as the United States marks more than 400,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

Arizona passes 300,000 mark in COVID-19 vaccine doses administered

To date, Arizona has administered 319,984 to 270,127 individuals, including 44,004 who have received both doses.

CDC issues new COVID-19 vaccine guidance related to allergic reactions

The CDC goes on to say if a person has had a severe allergic reaction to any ingredient in the COVID-19 vaccine, they should not get either of the currently available COVID-19 vaccines.

  Woman pregnant with twins survives COVID-19 after 7 weeks in hospital, special therapy

The future mother underwent an intensive therapy called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, which is used for COVID-19 patients who are out of other options.

AZDHS says COVID vaccine side effects are more common after second dose

AZDHS says about 55-83% of individuals develop at least one systemic symptom following a vaccination.

  Pima, Maricopa counties lift restrictions of crematoriums, Medical Examiner’s office holds overflow remains

The Pima County Medical Examiner’s office started being used as extra storage space for remains back in the summer of 2020.

Vail schools begin going back to hybrid learning Monday

Starting Monday, Jan. 25, schools in the Vail School District will begin a staggered return to hybrid learning.

  ‘Shameful’: US virus deaths top 400K as Trump leaves office

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 400,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

  University of Arizona rolls out vaccinations, new testing requirements

With Arizona leading the nation in COVID-19 cases, the university will ramp up testing efforts on campus, requiring students who live in dorms to get tested twice a week, with at least 48 hours between each test.

No COVID-19 variants detected in Pima County, January cases expected to top 30,000

Cases in January are expected to top 30,000 making it the worst month for COVID-19 yet.

IRS warns Arizona taxpayers of new COVID-19 stimulus scams

In the last several months, the IRS says they have seen a variety of scams and other financial schemes designed to steal money and personal information from taxpayers. Scammers are using both the stimulus payments along with the approaching filing season to take advantage of people.

University of Arizona begins administering COVID-19 vaccinations

Those eligible for vaccination must register and make an appointment.

  Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop COVID-19 pandemic

The panel concluded that "many countries took minimal action to prevent the spread (of COVID-19) internally and internationally." The pandemic has killed at least 2 million people worldwide so far.

  Boosting your body’s vaccine response: Stress doesn’t help

A new study suggests your mental and physical health can affect how your body reacts to the COVID vaccine.

  A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

The coronavirus is becoming more genetically diverse, and health officials say the high rate of new cases is the main reason.

How dangerous is it? Scientists study South African COVID-19 variant

A second wave of COVID-19 is devastating South Africa.

  ‘We’re surviving’: Mother, daughter battle COVID-19 at same Calif. hospital

The two believe the mother came into contact with someone who had COVID-19 while working at Walgreens.

  Volunteers help vaccination sites run smoothly

Team Rubicon has volunteers across the country aiding the growing need for vaccine distribution, including at Tucson Medical Center.

Registration for more appointments opens at two state COVID-19 vaccination sites

As of Tuesday, Jan. 19, an estimated 750,000 additional Arizonans 65 and older will be eligible to register for a vaccination appointment.

  WHO chief lambasts vaccine profits, demands elderly go first

The World Health Organization chief on Monday lambasted drugmakers’ profits and vaccine inequalities, saying it’s “not right” that younger, healthier adults in wealthy countries get vaccinated against COVID-19 before older people or health care workers in poorer countries.

  Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold.

Military nurses and test coming to help hard-hit Yuma

Almost everyone in Yuma County, near the borders of Mexico and California, seems to know somebody who has tested positive for COVID-19, with around 33,000 cases reported since last spring — a rate of about 14,000 per 100,000 people.

  ‘I had the feeling of impending doom’: COVID survivor urges plasma donation

Convalescent plasma, blood plasma taken from people who have recovered from COVID-19, has antibodies that can help those who are sick from the virus.

  Man allegedly hid 3 months at Chicago airport due to COVID-19

The man was “scared to go home due to COVID,” and told authorities that he’d found a badge and that other passengers at the airport had given him food.

Pima County Board of Supervisors to host virtual meeting

Supervisors will still be taking comments from the public, however, all comments need to be sent electronically to COB_mail@pima.gov. In-person attendance is strictly prohibited.

  Mother dies from COVID-19 weeks after giving birth to 3rd child

Her widower says he’s going to do what he can to make sure all three girls grow up knowing their mom.

  Couple married 33 years dies from COVID-19 just 1 day apart

The couple had many plans for 2021, including getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Their friends hope their deaths serve as a stark message about the importance of the vaccine.

New study shows children hospitalized with COVID has increased 4,000% in six months

A new medical study shows Arizona has one of the most significant spikes in COVID pediatric hospitalizations over the past six months in the entire country.

  Convalescent plasma donors must stop after receiving COVID-19 vaccine

Convalescent plasma therapy had been called lifesaving for those battling the coronavirus.