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COVID-19

How Arizona universities are riding the waves of COVID-19

As cases of COVID-19 continue to surge in Arizona and the rest of the nation, the state’s three public universities are wrangling their approaches to the pandemic in similar but separate ways. Arizona State University developed a saliva-based test and aims to monitor the spread through frequent mass testing. The University of Arizona, unlike its

COVID-19

Mayors again call for statewide mask mandate as COVID-19 cases surge

Democratic mayors from across the state urged Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday to implement a statewide mask mandate, as COVID-19 cases surged past 4,000 for a second straight day and state hospitals neared capacity in their intensive care units. The call by mayors of Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff and Tolleson came two days after Ducey called

COVID-19

Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules

Many Republican lawmakers in states where coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have surged are not only rejecting statewide mask mandates. They’re also resisting rules requiring them in their own capitols. Efforts to require lawmakers and staff to wear masks have received a cool reception even in statehouses that have seen outbreaks of the virus or where

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Schools welcome state mandate for masks in classrooms, buses, events

Arizona health officials on Thursday mandated that students wear face coverings in school, on buses and at school activities, an emergency order that school officials called a step in the right direction, but not enough. The order by Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ follows Gov. Doug Ducey’s order this summer that

Politics

NH Gov Calls Biden’s National Mask Mandate a ‘Political Talking Point’

President-elect Joe Biden’s call for a national mask mandate will be met with a cold shoulder by New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, who dismissed the notion of national safety mandates as “a nice political talking point.” Biden has posted his plan to address COVID-19 once he takes office, and it includes his pledge to “Implement

COVID-19

Arizona’s rugged individualism poses barrier to mask rules

With the coronavirus spreading out of control and Arizona cities beginning just last month to require residents wear masks in public, a few hundred people gathered in Scottsdale to make clear they didn’t approve of the heavy hand of government telling them to cover their faces. A city councilman, Guy Phillips, came to the podium

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