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Study: Masks ‘considerably reduce’ spread of COVID-19 in schools

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - A study co-authored by Pima County found that universal mask-wearing “considerably reduces the likelihood of a school-associated COVID-19 outbreak.”. The report was released by the CDC on Friday, Sept. 24, one day after the Tucson Unified School District voted to keep its mask mandate...
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Letter indicates Holy Cross "overwhelmed," but not by COVID

A letter sent last week by Southern Arizona elected officials indicated that Holy Cross Hospital in Nogales, along with other rural hospitals in the area, was “overwhelmed” with acute care patients and having trouble finding beds for patients at larger hospital facilities. The Sept. 17 letter stated that overcrowding at...
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When You’re Responsible for Deciding Who Doesn’t Have to Get the COVID Vaccine

There is little agreement among experts as to how employers should think about religious exemptions for the COVID vaccine—or whether employers even have to offer exemptions in the first place. But for employers who do opt to offer them, there are many more questions: How can you tell if a person is faking a religious belief? Does it matter if the requester has the backing of a major religious institution? Does it matter if that institution publicly supports the vaccine and opposes exemptions? How do you judge if a request is in good faith when there is an entire industry built around helping people falsely claim religious objections? Where do you draw the line for something as complex and personal as faith?
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Arizona Daily Wildcat

Tucson performance venues open to the public with new COVID-19 protocols

Live performances are back. Tucson performance venues are hosting live events, but only with one condition of being fully vaccinated or showing a negative COVID-19 test within 48 hours prior to the show. On Monday, Sept. 20, Tucson performance venues such as the Rialto Theatre, Fox Tucson Theatre, 191 Toole,...
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Clinical trials for COVID-19 prevention pill underway in Tucson

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Researchers in Tucson are studying whether a pill could potentially stop you from getting COVID-19. Dr. Anita Kohli, director of clinical research at Arizona Clinical Trials, said four trials are underway. She said a COVID-19 antiviral would be easily accessible and a gamechanger for the fight against COVID-19.
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Rural patients unable to transfer to Arizona hospitals

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — As Arizona’s biggest hospitals fill up with COVID-19 cases, physicians in some of the state’s smaller or more rural communities fear it’s their patients who need specialty care who will pay the ultimate price. From Bisbee up to Flagstaff, smaller hospitals are trying to maintain the...
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After a year in a COVID cocoon, Tucson arts events spring to life this fall

You know how a caterpillar hangs out in a chrysalis, safe from outside elements until the timing is right to emerge and transform into a butterfly?. That’s kind of what it’s felt like throughout Tucson’s live entertainment industry since the COVID-19 pandemic closed everything down in March 2020. Orchestras, theater...
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FACT FINDERS: COVID-19 Booster Shot Controversy

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The FDA’s vote against Pfizer’s booster shots for most people is having a big effect on not just America but the world. In fact, there is a heated controversy surrounding giving vaccinated people a boost verses giving unvaccinated people their first shot. Pfizer says...
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New study shows COVID vaccines protect against hospitalization

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) -A new study by the CDC is looking at how effective the COVID vaccines are at protecting people from hospitalization with the virus. It’s been said this pandemic is now one of the unvaccinated. A new report from the CDC shows vaccinated people are much less likely to be hospitalized with serious illness. This is something medical professionals in hospitals have been seeing for quite some time.
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COVID-19 cases flatten, but Tucson area hospital still busy

COVID-19 cases in Pima County continue to plateau, with a slight downward trend. Most recently, cases from Sept. 5-11 dropped by about 6% to 1,722 from the week prior. “I was hoping that we’d have a much steeper decline like we’ve had in some of our other peaks. This really seems to be settling and plateauing rather than declining just yet,” Dr. Francisco Garcia, the county’s chief medical officer, said Friday. “Sometimes it looks a little bit too scarcely flat for my liking.” Cases have plateaued here for about six weeks, with the exception of Aug. 15-21, when cases jumped over 2,000. Since that peak, weekly cases have fallen by about 15%. Across Arizona, weekly cases have fallen by 20%, from a peak of 22,830 during the week of Aug. 15-21, according to data from the Arizona Department of Health Services. Weekly COVID-19 hospitalizations in Pima County had shown a downward trend for two weeks before Aug. 29-Sept. 4 when they jumped to 124 from a total of 98 the week before, according a Pima County Health Department report published on Sept. 16.
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Green Valley News and Sun

COVID-19 Town Hall with Dr. Theresa Cullen: Transcript

The Green Valley News/Sahuarita Sun, with presenting partner Pima Pain Center, hosted a COVID Town Hall on Wednesday with Pima County Public Health Director Dr. Theresa Cullen. Below are edited questions and answers. Watch the Town Hall at gvnews.com or at nabur.gvnews.com or YouTube.Where do we stand now with numbers?
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IN MY VIEW: Time to use our heads when it comes to COVID

I was appalled to read about the patient at Santa Cruz Valley Regional Hospital in need of transport for life-threatening GI specialty care in hospital, but they were unable to find a bed for him in any Tucson or Phoenix hospital. Why? Because there were no beds available anywhere due to all these hospitals being full from COVID-19 inpatients. And per Arizona Department of Health, 86% of COVID-19 cases are from unvaccinated patients! (“They pay the price,” Page A1, Sept. 15.)
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Conquering COVID: KOLD original podcast out now

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - KOLD News 13 launched a brand new podcast called “Conquering Covid,” hosted by Andrew Capasso. In this series, Andrew will talk with science and medical experts about where we are in this pandemic. A big part of this is getting your questions answered. You...
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Latest AZ COVID wave may have peaked, experts say

The Delta wave of COVID cases may be hitting a plateau in Southern Arizona but health officials warn that hospitals remain crowded. “We appear to be plateauing or perhaps starting to go down,” said Dr. Francisco Garcia, director of the Pima County Health Department. “And although we are not yet ready to have a party, I think that this is, in general, a good sign. This continues to be something that we watch very carefully.”
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