Arizona Governor Doug Ducey released a few highlights of the Arizona State Budget following its passage on June 30th, including a number of "Health and Wellness" points. But many stakeholders are unhappy with holes in the budget that fail to address health concerns and interfere with COVID-19 recovery.
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There were 373 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Arizona on Wednesday and a total of four new deaths related to COVID-19. On Tuesday, the state passed the 18,000 marker for total deaths. The 17,000 death benchmark was passed on April 7. In terms of vaccinations, 49.9% of the state has been vaccinated against COVID-19. 9% of intensive...
The governor has ten days to sign a bill that would make it easier for Arizona women to get the birth control pill from pharmacies. Senate bill 1082 passed the Arizona House on Monday, the Senate on Tuesday and then moved to the governor's desk.
According to Arizona Capitol Media, the bill would allow pharmacists to dispense the...Arizona News
Governor Doug Ducey signed HB 2454 last week, which increases telemedicine services for Arizonans and providers. The legislation covers not only a wide range of services now covered by telemedicine, but also prescriptions. Julia Strange of Tucson Medical Center told KVOA4 what this means to rural Arizonans specifically:
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There were 649 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Arizona Wednesday, bringing the state total to 855,804. Six new deaths were reported, and will be retroactively reassigned to the dates on which the deaths took place. COVID-19 patients occupy 10% of intensive care unit beds and 14% of available hospital beds.
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Arizona has received 4.3 million doses of vaccine from the federal distribution allotment as of March 31. 3.5 million, or 80.5% of those doses have been administered to Arizona residents. To-date, 24% of the state has been fully vaccinated.
This information comes from the Bloomberg Vaccine Data Tracker and the Centers for Disease...Arizona News
As of today, there have been 1,552,911 COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the state of Arizona, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Both doses of the vaccine have been given to 438,534 people - making them fully vaccinated.
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There were 1,977 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Arizona on Wednesday, bringing the total cases to 789,245. There were 176 new deaths also reported, bringing the state death count from COVID-19 to 14,462, nearly the population of Paradise Valley.
Arizona COVID deaths reported today will be retroactively reassigned to the dates at...Arizona News
Arizona reported 5,918 new cases today, bringing the state total to 738,561 total cases. There were 195 new deaths, deaths reported today will be retroactively reassigned to the date the death took place. Arizona has 12,643 total COVID-19 deaths. The state’s total percent positive from is 14.2%. As of January 26, 8% of the state’s...Arizona News
A new lawsuit brought by AARP contends a CMS policy weakened enforcement of financial penalties for nursing homes and must be reversed to restore protections for nursing home residents.
The American Association of Retired Persons engaged the law firm Constance Cannon to file the lawsuit against CMS and outgoing HHS secretary Alex...Arizona News
In a news release Monday, Banner Health said Arizona is seeing an increase in the number of pediatric patients hospitalized with COVID-19. On January 11, the JAMA Network published a study examining pediatric COVID-19 hospitalization trends for 22 states; compared to other states, Arizona had the second highest rate of pediatric...Arizona News
Today, Arizona reported 5,629 new confirmed cases of COVID-29, bringing the state total to 641,729 since the pandemic began. There were 191 new deaths reported and the total number of deaths is now 10,673. Deaths recorded today will be retroactively reassigned to the date the death occurred. Arizona's total percent positive is 13.4%....Arizona News
Cases in Arizona and nationwide have skyrocketed in the past several weeks, leaving hospitals understaffed to manage the increasing surge. Public health officials are still struggling to convey the importance of masks and personal health procedures. Although the vaccine has been released, rural areas experiencing elevated cases will have...Arizona News
As cases hit record highs nationwide and hospitals both local and national warn of looming overcrowding in intensive care units, local hospital officials are speaking out about travel for the holidays and individual responsibility. Meanwhile, there’s been significant progress on treatment and vaccine in the past couple weeks, and...Arizona News
This week there’s good news and bad news in Arizona and across the country as COVID-19 positivity rates are on an uptick and experts openly predict a “dark winter”. The Navajo Nation and Pima County are reporting troubling spikes as ICU bed use steadily increases statewide. But new treatments are slowly becoming available and the...Arizona News
COVID-19 positivity rates are climbing nationwide and Arizona joined them this week with the worst recorded numbers in the state since the spike in June. Hospitals, schools and Governor Doug Ducey are all unified in stressing the importance of safety precautions at this time. A study shows that deaths from the virus are nearly double for...Arizona News
This week, Governor Doug Ducey announced Arizona will remain open throughout the fall and that no “dramatic changes” will take place despite concern nationally that cases may escalate and the COVID-19 pandemic might accelerate during the winter months. Meanwhile, cities are beginning to rescind mask mandates, much to the chagrin of...Arizona News
The Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule, which was announced in November last year, would have transformed federal supplemental payment programs under Medicaid. This week Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma announced in a tweet that the rule would be removed.
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All COVID-19 metrics are trending down in Arizona.
The Arizona Department of Health Services this week added a note to the ADHS Data Dashboard letting the public know it had enhanced its processes for identifying COVID-19 deaths and as a result, the number of new deaths reported on the dashboard may "increase more than expected". ...Arizona News
This week in Arizona, the state’s universities take precautions to keep students safe despite criticisms that they may not be doing enough. The state also sees lower numbers of COVID-19 infections and conditions in hospitals also seem to be trending down. The Governor and the Arizona Department of Health Services are recommending...