Last Saturday marked the third anniversary of COVID-19 being declared a worldwide pandemic.
As the Arizona Republic points out in a retrospective, since that declaration, COVID-19 has killed more than 1.1 million Americans and 33,000 Arizonans.
There were 4,262 new cases of COVID-19 in Arizona this week with 56 new deaths related to the coronavirus, according to the Arizona Department of Health Resources (ADHS) COVID-19 data dashboard.
In preparation for the end of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) made public a series of frequently asked questions (FAQs) and issued two policy statements that it issued to provide flexibility and assistance to the health care industry. One of the policy statements provided flexibilities for the use of telehealth services and the other regarded relaxed enforcements.
The bivalent COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized as a booster dose for certain children ages six months to four years old, According to a press release by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, children who received the three-dose primary series are now eligible for the single dose booster.