University of Arizona students say voluntary two week quarantine isn’t taking off

The Pima County Health Department, along with the University of Arizona, are asking students on or near campus to shelter in place for 14 days.

Christie’s Cabaret ordered to close immediately for non-compliance, Tucson

City of Tucson offering free COVID-19 testing, Sunday

  CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash

  COVID measures could keep flu in check this year

  Push is underway to test COVID-19 vaccines in diverse groups

Arizona State Fair to deliver fried food right to your car

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Canada extends U.S. border restrictions to Oct. 21

  Drug shows promise in 1st largely minority COVID-19 study

  Arizona reports 5,451 deaths from COVID-19; 613 in Pima County

  Pima County Health Department offers pop-up COVID-19 testing

University of Arizona releases its latest COVID-19 testing results

  COVID on Campus: At the largest universities, data vary widely and lacks transparency

City of Sierra Vista suspends face covering order as coronavirus cases decline

The City of Sierra Vista suspends its face covering order as COVID-19 cases decline.

Sierra Vista suspends face covering order as coronavirus cases decline

The order may be enacted again if the need arises.

Deadline for La. residents to claim IRS stimulus check is Oct. 15

Thousands of Louisiana residents are leaving money on the table, according to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Oro Valley classroom closes after employee tests positive for COVID-19

An employee at Copper Creek Elementary School tested positive for the coronavirus.

Long shots: If COVID-19 vaccine comes, Arizonans may not line up to get it

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Twisted Sister singer to anti-maskers: Don’t use our song

House condemns racism against Asian Americans amid pandemic

AZDHS explains large number of newly reported COVID-19 cases is not a surge

  Infection rates soar in college towns as students return

‘The Batman’ resumes UK production after positive COVID case

The U.K. production of “The Batman” is starting up again after being shut down earlier this month when an individual tested positive for COVID-19.

  Chabad Tucson helps community celebrate Rosh Hashanah from home amid pandemic

With COVID-19 creatingdifficulties for many in joining a traditionalsynagogue service, Chabad Tucson created "High Holiday in a Box" to allow members of the Jewish community to pray at home.

  COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high figure that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak.

CVS expands drive-thru test site locations, 13 in Tucson area

Patients must register in advance.

  August US home building slides 5.1% after months of gains

U.S. housing construction fell a surprising 5.1% in August after three months of strong gains when home builders ramped up projects following a pandemic-induced shutdown in March and April.

Empire High School gets assist from NBA great in PSA video

Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal appears in opening scene of video explaining expectations for return to campus.

  District 1 Supervisor Ally Miller refuses to wear mask after policy passed by board of supervisors

It is causing a rift among the supervisors who say they passed the mask policy to protect everyone’s health.

1 in 3 Arizonans believe employers should be liable for COVID-19 transmissions at work, study finds

1 in 3 Arizonans believe employers should be liable for COVID-19 transmissions, study finds.

  In town hall, Trump denies downplaying virus, casts doubt on mask usage

Face-to-face with everyday voters for the first time in months, Trump was defensive but resisted agitation as he was pressed on his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and why he doesn’t more aggressively promote the use of masks to reduce the spread of the disease.

  Health official on leave amid political interference furor

The Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement that Michael Caputo was taking the time “to focus on his health and the well-being of his family.”

  Pima County Health Department advises against trick-or-treating, some events going ahead as planned

Despite the restrictions, many are ready to get in the spirit.

Study hints antibody drug may cut COVID-19 hospitalizations

A drug company says that partial results from a study testing an antibody drug give hints that it may help keep mild to moderately ill COVID-19 patients from needing to be hospitalized, a goal no current coronavirus medicine has been able to meet.

Town of Oro Valley launches OVSafeSteps for business assistance

All businesses in the greater Oro Valley area are invited and encouraged to participate in the OVSafeSteps program

  Trump disputes health officials, sees mass vaccinations soon

In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or possibly later this year.

  Supreme Court to stick with arguments via telephone, for now

With 87-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg being treated for cancer and five of her colleagues also age 65 or older, the court is taking no chances that putting the justices in close proximity to each other might make them more vulnerable to catching the virus.

  Ky. father finds out he has stage 4 cancer after getting tested for COVID-19

The father is determined to make memories to give his son something to hold on to when he’s gone.

  Poll: Americans worry politics will rush vaccine

A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows 62% of Americans believe political pressure from the White House will cause the Food and Drug Administration to approve a vaccine before it's found to be safe and effective.

  Coffee shop owner arrested at Board of Supervisors meeting

Co-owner of Viva Coffee House read threatening messages he's received since appearing on county's wall of shame.

Tucson Roadrunners to collect canned food, pass out free face masks

Everyone collecting a mask and donating food are asked to stay in their vehicles and wear masks.

  Coronavirus deaths in kids echoes toll in adults, CDC says

A detailed look at COVID-19 deaths in U.S. kids and young adults released Tuesday shows they mirror patterns seen in older patients.

UA organizations on interim loss of recognition

Not all members are on interim suspension, they are investigating the identities of those who were engaged in inappropriate behavior.

  Experts worry as US virus restrictions are eased or violated

State and local officials around the U.S. are rolling back social-distancing rules again after an abortive effort over the summer, allowing bars, restaurants and gyms to open.

World Series at Arlington, first time at one site since 1944

The World Series will be played entirely at the Texas Rangers' new ballpark in Arlington, Texas, as part of a bubble agreement between Major League Baseball and the players' association, the first time the sport’s championship will be played entirely at one site since 1944.

  Pelosi: House to stay in session until COVID-19 rescue pact

Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will remain in session until lawmakers deliver another round of COVID-19 relief.

Banner eases visitor restrictions after precautions put in place

Policy now allows for one visitor per patient per day in most in-patient areas.

Virus brings Mexican toilet paper to US

Demand for toilet paper has been so high during the pandemic that in order to keep their shelves stocked, retailers are buying up foreign toilet paper brands, mostly from Mexico.

  ‘Certified young person’ Paul Rudd teams up with N.Y. Gov. Cuomo for mask-wearing PSA

The PSA features Rudd, who is 51, dressed up in a bright yellow hoodie with sweatpants.

  Trump defies virus rules as ‘peaceful protest’ rallies grow

Democratic governors and local leaders have urged the president to reconsider the events, warning that he’s putting lives at risk. But they have largely not tried to block the gatherings of thousands of people, which Trump and his team deem “peaceful protests” protected by the First Amendment.

  Arizonans forced to live off a couple hundred dollars a week as federal supplement expires

Jobless Arizonans will only receive a maximum $240 weekly payment from the state.

Harshmallow: Virus prompts pause for Peeps holiday treats

Peeps treats are going on hiatus for several months — another consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.

Oxford, AstraZeneca resume coronavirus vaccine trial

In a statement, the university confirmed the restart across all of its U.K. clinical trial sites after regulators gave the go-ahead following the pause on Sunday.

Have federal student loans? Read this.

The CARES Act will continue to give some flexibility to federal student loan borrowers.

  University of Arizona asks students to quarantine for two weeks to slow spread of coronavirus

14-day shelter-in-place issued for students living on or near campus.

Dog-like robot could remotely measure vital signs of COVID-19 patients

A new type of dog-like robot could gather vital information from COVID-19 patients remotely, helping to keep down human exposure to the virus.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade ‘re-imagined’ as television-only event this year

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 94th version of the iconic annual parade will be a television-only special presentation this year, the retailer and the city of New York City announced Monday.

  Anti-inflammatory drug may shorten COVID-19 recovery time

Eli Lilly announced the results Monday from a 1,000-person study sponsored by the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The result have not yet been published or reviewed by independent scientists.

  In defiance of Nevada governor, Trump holds indoor rally

In open defiance of state regulations and his own administration’s pandemic health guidelines, President Donald Trump hosted his first indoor rally since June, telling a packed, nearly mask-less Nevada crowd that the nation was “making the last turn” in defeating the virus.

After presidents meet, Big Ten football still in limbo

Big Ten university presidents will meet Sunday to hear a presentation about playing a fall football season after all -- maybe as soon as mid-October -- amid pressure to kick off from parents, players, coaches and even the president.

  Groups turn to hotels to shelter fire evacuees amid virus

Relief groups facing the threat of the coronavirus are taking a different approach to sheltering people who have fled West Coast wildfires.

Free COVID-19 community testing at Udall and El Pueblo Centers

The City of Tucson and El Rio Health will be offering free COVID-19 testing at two locations in Tucson, beginning Saturday, Sep. 12, 2020.

  Tucson honors those lost in 9/11 with Tower Challenge

On Friday morning, a group of first responders came together in a downtown parking garage, making 20 trips up and down the stairs to complete the challenge.

  Report says COVID-19 brought light to issues in nursing homes

A new report, with more than 50 experts, states the virus brought attention to health and safety issues within facilities that existed far before the 2020 outbreak.

  Study: Kids infected at day care spread coronavirus at home

The findings don’t mean that schools and child-care programs need to close, but it does confirm that the virus can spread within those places and then be brought home by kids.

  Daily US virus deaths decline, but trend may reverse in fall

The arrival of cooler weather and the likelihood of more indoor gatherings will add to the importance of everyday safety precautions, experts say.

Poll: Pandemic takes toll on mental health of young adults

In the midst of the pandemic, young adults are navigating life transitions such as starting college and finding jobs, all without being able to experience normal social activities.

  Return of football renews fears over more virus spread

The topic has led to passionate debates at the state and local level, including whether to allow high school seasons to proceed and how many fans to allow in professional and college stadiums.

In a year of restrictions, virus changes Sept. 11, too

The 19th anniversary of the terror attacks will be marked by dueling ceremonies at the Sept. 11 memorial plaza and a corner near the World Trade Center, reflecting a divide over the memorial’s decision to suspend a cherished tradition of relatives reading victims' names in person.

Deals and freebies for healthcare, frontline workers in southern Arizona

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  Virus bill blocked in Senate as prospects dim for new relief

The 52-47 vote fell well short of what was needed to overcome a filibuster and seems likely to end hopes for coronavirus relief before the November election.

  ‘Deadly stuff’: Trump’s own words bring focus back to virus

The president unleashed a barrage of tweets Thursday morning, some in an effort to change the subject, and others taking on the Woodward book head-on, defending his comments and charging the media with conspiring against him.

US will end current health screening of some travelers

The CDC said the current screening, which includes temperature checks and travelers vouching for their health, “has limited effectiveness” because some infected people show no symptoms.

  Time cover marks nearly 200,000 US COVID-19 deaths, calls response ‘an American failure’

Time’s new cover is a stark reminder of how tragic and deadly the coronavirus has been and still is. It also calls the U.S. response a failure.

Doctor: Lower COVID-19 numbers in Arizona mean contact tracing useful again

Maricopa County traced more than 2,200 cases in the past week.

  New assisted living home opens up solely for COVID patients

A new assisted living home on the east side will provide care for COVID positive patients 65 and older.

  TUSD tentatively plans to bring staff back, hybrid learning could start in October

Pima County’s largest school district is working towards a phased return to in-person classes.

  TMC welcoming visitors again after COVID-19 restrictions

All visitors will be required to wear a mask, have their temperature taken and answer a couple of questions.

  Book: Trump said of virus, ‘I wanted to always play it down’

President Donald Trump seemed to understand the severity of the coronavirus threat even as he was telling the nation that the virus was no worse than the seasonal flu, according to a new book by journalist Bob Woodward.

  U of A opens second isolation dorm as COVID-19 cases grow

University of Arizona campus leaders said 8.8 percent of students tested in the past 24 hours had positive results.