Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Play

New Mexico legislation would boost protections for LGBTQ students, Idaho makes a big jump in higher-education attainment, and this year's Monarch butterfly winter count showed significant improvement.

Play

The Senate considers police reforms in the wake of Tyre Nichols' killing, members of Congress want a new vote on the Equal Rights Amendment, and George Santos voluntarily steps down from his committee appointments.

Play

"Brain Gain?" Research shows rural population is actually growing, especially in recreational areas; other small towns are having success offering relocation incentives like free building lots, cash, complimentary dinners and even internet credits; and researchers say the key is flexibility and creativity.

Arizona Sees High COVID-19 Transmission Levels

Play

Wednesday, December 7, 2022   

Arizona is seeing some of the highest levels of COVID-19 transmission in the nation. It is the only state with 'medium' or 'high' levels present in every county, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports 9% of Arizona hospital beds are occupied by COVID patients.

Rachel Garcia, deputy assistant director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, said with the winter holiday season, it is important for everyone to be doing what they can to say safe.

"The CDC has recommended continuing to keep an eye on community levels, and the CDC has also recommended considering wearing a mask in indoor public spaces," Garcia pointed out.

State figures show COVID cases had been rising since mid-September, but recently saw a small decrease.

Garcia note it is still too early to say if that will be a trend. More than 12,000 cases were reported the week of Thanksgiving. A month earlier, that number was just over 5,300. Garcia added COVID is not the only thing to be cautious about this winter.

"It's important we keep an eye on COVID-19 community levels, as well as RSV and flu, which are circulating in our communities right now, this time of year," Garcia stressed.

The CDC recommends flu shots for anyone over six months old. Parents are encouraged to talk with their child's doctor if they have questions. The Department of Health Services recommends those who've been vaccinated for COVID keep their boosters up-to-date. And to minimize the risk of any airborne virus, they're reminding Arizonans about the basics: hand-washing, covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, avoiding contact with anyone who's ill, and staying home if you don't feel well.


get more stories like this via email
Clinics providing abortions in Minnesota have reported a surge in patients since neighboring states were given the legal path to enact bans. It has fueled broader concerns about access to the procedure, as well as reproductive care. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

Reproductive rights advocates are cheering Minnesota's new law centering around abortion access. Supporters predict it could help in other ways for …


Social Issues

Idaho and the rest of the country are making progress getting higher education to more people. A new report from Lumina Foundation finds nearly 54% …

Environment

This winter, volunteers counted more than 335,000 Western monarch butterflies in an annual survey, a big improvement over the last few years…


The death penalty was abolished in Washington state in 2018. (Felipe Caparrós/Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

A new book by a University of Washington professor on the death penalty finds support for executions may be motivated by people's own fear of death…

Social Issues

A recent survey offers insight into the challenges with hunger many Nevada families are facing on a daily basis. The "Feeding Our Community" survey …

Nitrate levels in water resources have increased in many areas of the world, largely due to applications of inorganic fertilizer and animal manure in agricultural areas, according to the National Institutes of Health. (Adobe Stock)

Environment

City water leaders in Des Moines are considering a $50 million plan to use Mother Nature as a giant water filter to remove nitrates from the city's dr…

Social Issues

Legislation to close a loophole that potentially allows discrimination against LGBTQ New Mexicans will be debated by the State Legislature this sessio…

Environment

While Connecticut elected officials want to import hydroelectric power from Canada, one group said the option would not be as environmentally …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright © 2021