New Zealand scrambles to find source of new virus infections

Health authorities in New Zealand were scrambling Wednesday to trace the source of a new outbreak of the coronavirus as the nation’s largest city went back into lockdown.

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  US enters deal for 100 million doses of potential COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna

  Business on University Blvd react to Pac-12 decision

  At-risk, special-needs students set to return to school on Aug. 17

  Vice President Pence visits AZ, talks about reopening classrooms

  Guidelines for returning to school during remote learning

  Free mental health services for TUSD families, people seeking help from COVID-19 impacts

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  Israeli jeweler making world’s most expensive COVID-19 mask

  VA sending nurses to Navajo Nation, hopes for early vaccine access

Big Ten, Pac-12 pull plug on fall football amid pandemic

  Worldwide virus cases top 20 million, doubling in six weeks

  MUSD offers extra mental health services as classes go online

  Scientists uneasy as Russia approves 1st coronavirus vaccine

March on Washington reconfigured to comply with virus rules

A national commemoration of the 1963 civil rights March on Washington is being reconfigured to comply with coronavirus protocols in the District of Columbia.

Duke scientists rate which masks work and which don’t

In the study, scientists were looking for the masks that best contain the droplets that are created when people speak.

  How to protect kids from digital eye strain during pandemic

Digital eye strain was an issue before COVID-19, but now it’s a bigger one, with some kids spending more time on their devices.

  Arizona reports 4,199 deaths from COVID-19; 501 in Pima County

As the coronavirus spreads across the country, KOLD News 13 is keeping tabs on the cases in Arizona.

  What do the kids say? K-12 students sound off on school

  How to keep kids active during remote learning

  Coronavirus breaks out again in New Zealand after 102 days

  90% increase in COVID-19 cases seen in US children over last month, report says

  Dems say Trump’s payroll tax break weakens Social Security

Tucson bar owner “hesitant” as AZDHS releases requirements, benchmarks for businesses to reopen

  Pima County Health Department to meet with school superintendents to establish guidelines for reopening schools

In the early days of the pandemic, it was thought young children were virtually immune from the disease.

  States strain to carry out Trump order on unemployment aid

Governors and state labor department officials around the country are scrambling to figure out if it is feasible to implement President Donald Trump’s executive order to partially extend enhanced unemployment insurance for millions of Americans struggling to find work in the pandemic-scarred economy

  Confirmed coronavirus cases in the world reach 20 million

Vilified, threatened with violence and in some cases burned out, dozens of state and local public health officials around the country have resigned or have been fired amid the coronavirus outbreak, a testament to how politically combustible masks, lockdowns and infection data have become.

  In virus talks, Pelosi holds firm; Mnuchin wants a deal

With Republicans again balking at big government bailouts, Democratic leaders are holding firm. They are using their leverage to force President Donald Trump into a politically risky standoff over help for millions of Americans.

  AZDHS releases guidelines for operating restaurants and bars, theaters, gyms, water parks

AZDHS is requiring two benchmarks for resuming business operations in Arizona based on COVID-19 spread by county.

UArizona Report: Pandemic fuels rise in drug-related deaths

The pandemic is exacerbating many risk factors associated with increased drug use and overdose, including economic distress, social isolation and anxiety.

New interactive map helps Arizonans access the internet statewide

The map shows free hotspots and wifi across the state.

  Antonio Banderas says he’s tested positive for coronavirus

Antonio Banderas says he’s tested positive for COVID-19 and is celebrating his 60th birthday in quarantine.

  Sources: Big Ten votes to cancel football season; conference spokesman says otherwise

The Sunday vote by school presidents was 12-2 to call off fall sports because of the pandemic.

Tumamoc Hill to remain open, masks still mandatory

Since July 24, the percentage of morning walkers wearing masks has risen sharply from about 23% to nearly 70%.

  New Zealand marks 100 days of coronavirus elimination

New Zealand on Sunday marked 100 days since it stamped out the spread of the coronavirus, a rare bright spot in a world that continues to be ravaged by the disease.

  TUSD says expectations for first day of school are different this year

Lessons will be virtual, so teachers are working on being more creative and thinking outside the box.

Schools mull outdoor classes amid virus, ventilation worries

Concerns about school infrastructure are adding momentum to plans in some districts, even in colder climates, to take classes outdoors for the sake of student and teacher health.

Police: Rape suspect killed accuser after release from Va. jail due to COVID-19

After a car chase, authorities say they found the suspect with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was taken into custody but died from his injuries just days later.

Puerto Rico halts primary voting in centers lacking ballots

The primaries for voting centers that had not received ballots by early afternoon are expected to be rescheduled, while voting would continue elsewhere, the commission said.

  Trump end run around Congress raises questions on his claims

After negotiations with lawmakers on the next package of pandemic economic assistance hit a wall, Trump used what he said were the inherent powers of the presidency to forge ahead on tax and spending policy that Congress says it is granted by the Constitution.

  Tucson family helps children in foster care during COVID-19

The need has grown through COVID-19 as donations and resources for organizations that assist foster families have dried up.

  Georgia school with large crowds reports positive virus cases, closes for cleaning

The principal of North Paulding High School in a suburb west of Atlanta sent a letter Saturday to parents disclosing the positive tests.

  Ohio governor’s conflicting COVID-19 tests raise backlash

The Ohio governor’s positive, then negative, tests for COVID-19 have provided fuel for skeptics of government pandemic mandates and critics of his often-aggressive policies.

  US tops 5 million confirmed coronavirus cases, to Europe’s alarm

The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. reached 5 million Sunday, by far the highest in the world, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.

  Trump allows some unemployment pay, defers payroll tax

Bypassing Congress, President Donald Trump on Saturday signed executive orders deferring payroll taxes for some Americans and extending unemployment benefits after negotiations on a new coronavirus rescue package collapsed.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine again tests negative for coronavirus

The fourth COVID-19 test result for Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine came back negative Saturday after he received conflicting positive and negative results two days before, ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Trump.

  Schools face big virus test as students return to classroom

The question of whether an infected student or staffer should trigger an automatic shutdown has divided school officials.

  “Cautiously Optimistic”: Arizona’s top health official talks state’s current COVID-19 condition

Dr. Cara Christ said she does not believe Arizona is in a place to return to in-person activities, like reopening bars or nightclubs.

Parents changing up home spaces for online learning

Local parents are changes up their home spaces for online learning.

  Sonora Quest accused of fraud by AZ Attorney General

The Arizona State Attorney General sent a letter to Sonora Quest accusing the diagnostics company of violating the Arizona State Consumer Fraud Act.

  Food insecurity worries grow as unemployment benefits run out

Employment in the U.S. is on the rise for the third month during the pandemic, but numbers released Friday by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics show there are still 16.3 million Americans without a job.

  Teachers, Arizona PTA respond to state’s school reopening guidelines

The start of the school year with remote learning is just days away for many local students. State health officials released guidelines for when school districts can safely return to in-person classes.

  Last-ditch virus aid talks collapse; no help for jobless now

A breakdown in the talks would put at risk more than $100 billion to help reopen schools, a fresh round of $1,200 direct payments to most people and hundreds of billions of dollars for state and local governments to help them avoid furloughing workers and cutting services as tax revenues shrivel.

National Guard servicemen who recovered from COVID-19 donate plasma

National Guard airmen who recovered from COVID-19 donate plasma at Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix.

  Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist

The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the three months that ended in June as the beleaguered agency — hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic — piles up financial losses that officials warn could top $20 billion over two years.

  Harleys everywhere, masks nowhere: Sturgis draws thousands

The rally could become one of the largest public gatherings since the pandemic began.

  US hiring slows in July as signs of lasting damage emerge

The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a pullback from the gains of May and June and evidence that the resurgent coronavirus is weakening hiring and the economic rebound.

  US reports show racial disparities in kids with COVID-19

The coronavirus has exposed racial fractures in the U.S. health care system, as Black, Hispanic and Native Americans have been hospitalized and killed by COVID-19 at far higher rates than other groups.

Cardinals’ game against Cubs postponed after positive COVID-19 test

Major League Baseball said the game was postponed to allow more time for additional testing and to complete the contact tracing process.

  Suspension lifted of Georgia student who took crowded hallway photo

A Georgia high school student says she was suspended after she posted a photo of a crowded school hallway on social media.

  Texas boy delivers care packages to essential workers

Five-year-old Wilburt Coleman has been going door to door, giving care packages to families with essential workers and those most vulnerable to the virus.

  Benchmarks released: Are southern Arizona districts ready to safely reopen?

The state recommends school leaders follow guidelines in returning to classrooms.

  UArizona researcher develops app to relieve stress during pandemic

Smartphone app uses guided-imagery to describe experiences in nature to help you relax.

  Nearly 200 physicians calling for Dr. Cara Christ’s resignation

They claim she failed to follow science and take meaningful action to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests negative after positive test before Trump visit

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive Thursday for the coronavirus just ahead a planned meeting with President Donald Trump.

  Playing electoral defense, Trump claims Biden opposes God

President Donald Trump is engaging in a deeply personal attack on Joe Biden, even questioning without foundation the former vice president's faith in God.

  ‘Worst nightmare’: Laid-off workers endure loss of $600 aid

An unemployed makeup artist with two toddlers and a disabled husband needs help with food and rent. A hotel manager says his unemployment has deepened his anxiety and kept him awake at night. A dental hygienist, pregnant with her third child, is struggling to afford diapers and formula.

  COVID-19 cases in Pima County dropping due to mask efficacy, officials say

The number of coronavirus cases in Pima County continues to drop at a steady rate which health care officials say “is exciting.”

  Virus talks on brink of collapse, sides still ‘far apart’

Both sides have set a goal of reaching a deal by week’s end.

Congress urges Postal Service to undo changes slowing mail

A Democratic senator said Thursday he is launching an investigation into changes at the U.S. Postal Service that are causing delays in mail deliveries across the country just as big volume increases are expected for mail-in election voting.

Were you exposed to COVID-19 at work? In most states, your employer isn’t required to tell you.

Employees say they were exposed to coworkers who tested positive for COVID-19 but were never informed by their employers. In most states, companies don't have to disclose cases.

State health department outlines COVID-19 benchmarks for returning to the classroom

While extensive, the information released from the state health department is for guidance only and isn’t mandatory.

Need a free COVID-19 test? Here’s how

Both testing sites are by appointment only.

California county OKs legal enforcement of health orders

Leaders in one California county have approved the use of restraining orders and other enforcement actions against individuals and businesses who refuse to comply with orders to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Arizona Chamber of Commerce, state medical association launches health campaign for businesses

Be Safe, Be Open AZ! is an initiative geared toward helping businesses keep their communities healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mexico resort pulls controversial ‘anything goes’ tourism ad

Called 'out of step with the times, insensitive and reckless.'

Police: Florida man spit in face of boy who refused to remove mask

Jason Copenhaver is facing misdemeanor charges of simple battery and disorderly conduct.

UArizona to offer four options for learning in fall while closely monitoring data

Robbins encouraged off-campus students and employees to consider getting tested as well, noting that asymptomatic individuals may have the virus and not know it.

  1.2 million seek jobless aid after $600 federal check ends

Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired.

Mobile COVID-19 testing sites to open across Pima County

Some sites will be open starting Aug. 11.

AZ investigating ‘hundreds of thousands’ of unemployment claims for fraud

Federal officials point to a suspected fraud ring targeting the nation’s unemployment systems, as federal unemployment assistance boosted claims by $600 a week.

  Mental health issues rise in children during pandemic, expert says

One child psychologist said he's seeing a significant increase in mental health issues among children.