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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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Nursing shortages hindering Arizona hospital transfers for all patients

Arizona’s nursing shortages are causing critically ill COVID-19 patients to wait longer for hospital transfers, which makes it even more difficult for non-COVID patients in rural areas to get needed care. Throughout the pandemic, hospitals across the state have relied on a call-in system, or “surge line,” set up in...
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Animal hospitals seeing ripple effect from record pet adoptions during pandemic

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Pet adoptions during the quarantine were at an all-time high and now animal hospitals say they’re seeing the ripple effect. VCA Valley Animal Hospital in Tucson is reporting more new patients in 2020 than three years prior. Marie Kerl, Chief Medical Officer of VCA Animal Hospitals, said the increase in animals has resulted in a need for increased staff. VCA has hired more than 5,400 hospital based positions this year and Kerl said they still have hundreds of positions to fill.
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Home health care companies forced to turn down patients due to worker shortage

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - The COVID-19 pandemic is causing another shortage. This time it’s home health care workers. Some of the most vulnerable members of our community are finding themselves unable to get the care they need. Nationwide, home health care companies are being forced to turn down patients because they don’t have enough staff to take care of them.
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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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St. Joseph’s, St. Mary’s Hospital hosting pop-up vaccine clinics

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Carondelet Health Network is hosting free COVID-19 vaccine clinics at St. Joseph’s Hospital on Thursday, Set. 23 and the next day at St. Mary’s Hospital. According to a news release from Carondelet, no appointments, insurance or identification is needed to get a vaccine. The...
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Tucson's Fourth Avenue Street Fair in limbo due to pandemic losses

After canceling events since March 2020, the Fourth Avenue Merchants Association is planning to resurrect the popular Fourth Avenue Street Fair in December. But the three-day biannual event, held in the spring and winter for the past 25 years, will need a huge infusion of cash if the organizers hope to pull it off.
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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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Three books by Tucson authors nearly vanished beneath the waves of the coronavirus

Lawrence J. Taylor had a great launch plan last year for his book Tales from the Desert Borderland. The novel is set across the desert southwest, from California and Baja California to Arizona and Sonora, and Taylor had arranged to introduce the book right on the borderline, in the Mexican Consulate in Nogales, Arizona. And he had plenty of readings lined up in Tucson and southern Arizona.
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Rural patients unable to transfer to full 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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