Boosters Authorized for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen COVID-19 Vaccines

Arizona Department of Health Services

The Arizona Department of Health Services is welcoming a federal government decision authorizing booster shots from any of the three COVID-19 vaccines now available. “Booster doses are safe, free, highly effective, and widely available around Arizona,” said Don Herrington, the department’s interim director. “If you are eligible for a booster, we recommend you take advantage … [More]

Complimentary COVID-19 In October at Multiple Locations Valleywide

Easy Testing

Easy Testing is announcing their continued partnership with Maricopa County to offer free COVID-19 testing for the Maricopa community at the following locations and dates: LAVEEN, AZ WHERE: Laveen Education Center ADDRESS: 5001 W Dobbins Rd #9733, Laveen Village, AZ 85339 DAYS: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday TIMES: 10am – 1pm DEER VALLEY, AZ WHERE: … [More]

SBA Announces Plan to Open Supplemental Grants for Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Applicants 

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration is announcing a call to all eligible Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) applicants seeking economic aid for live entertainment small businesses, nonprofits, and venues. New applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. PT on Friday, August 20, 2021. The SVOG program has so far awarded $8.4 billion in grants to more than 10,800 … [More]

Arizonans Helping Researchers Better Understand COVID-19

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A new antibody testing study examining samples originally collected through the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program found evidence of SARS-CoV-2 infections in five states earlier than initially reported. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University led the study that analyzed more than 24,000 stored blood samples contributed between Jan. 2 and March 18, … [More]

Staffing Shortage Causing Loss of Sales for Some Small Businesses, Says Survey

NFIB

The NFIB Research Center released its latest COVID-19 survey today on how the pandemic has affected small businesses. This is the 18th survey in the series and included in this edition is an update on SBA small business programs, sales levels, staffing shortage, and more. “Small businesses are making adjustments to their hiring practices to attract qualified … [More]

Governor Ducey Rescinds 25 Pandemic-Related Executive Orders

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Governor Doug Ducey today is rescinding 25 Executive Orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic following action by the Arizona Legislature to codify into law many of the policies enacted by the Executive Orders to protect against excessive mandates, including mask usage in schools and prohibiting vaccine passports. “Throughout the pandemic, we took action to protect Arizonans … [More]

More Than 3 Million Arizonans Now Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19

Arizona Department of Health Services

More than 3 million Arizonans are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, another milestone as the state increases its protection against the coronavirus, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced today. “Millions now have the full benefit of these safe, highly effective, free, and widely available vaccines,” Governor Doug Ducey said. “I encourage every … [More]

CDC Report Ranks Arizona First for COVID-19 Vaccination in Smaller Rural Counties

Arizona Department of Health Services

Arizona ranks ahead of every other state for its percentage of adults vaccinated against COVID-19 in smaller rural counties, according to a new report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that 59% of those 18 and older in Navajo, Apache, Gila, Santa Cruz, Graham, La Paz, and Greenlee counties had … [More]

SBA Launches Supplemental Targeted Advance for Small Businesses Hardest Hit by COVID-19

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration launched a new round of Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) assistance – called Supplemental Targeted Advances – on April 22, 2021 that will provide $5 billion in additional assistance to 1 million small businesses and nonprofit organizations that have been most severely affected by the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The … [More]

SBA Announces Official Restaurant Revitalization Fund Application and Guidelines

U.S. Small Business Administration

SBA Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman today announced key details on application requirements, eligibility, and a program guide for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF). The restaurant industry has been among the hardest-hit sectors during the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. To help bring jobs back and revive the industry, the American Rescue Plan, … [More]

ADHS Recommends Pause in Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

Arizona Department of Health Services

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) today announced it is recommending a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The CDC and FDA are recommending a pause in the use of the vaccine based on six reported U.S. cases, out … [More]

Health Co. Now Providing COVID-19 Vaccinations at Mesa Community College

Embry Health

Embry Health will provide COVID-19 Vaccinations starting April 8th at Mesa Community College located at 1833 W. Southern Rd., Mesa, AZ 85202. Embry Health will provide Moderna vaccinations for those over 18 years old who work and live in Maricopa County between 8AM–8PM. Please come prepared with a face mask, driver's license, insurance card, and documentation of … [More]

Phoenix Reaffirms Mask Mandate

City of Phoenix

After consideration and review with legal counsel, the City of Phoenix has determined the June 19, 2020 Declaration of the Phoenix City Council requiring face coverings in public for most people within city limits remains in effect. The mandate follows Arizona Department of Public Health Face Covering Guidance and is in accordance with current Centers for Disease Control … [More]

State Farm Stadium Vaccination Site Moving into Gila River Arena

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Arizona’s largest vaccination site at State Farm Stadium, described as a “national model” by President Biden, will transition to an indoor site at Gila River Arena in Glendale on Friday, April 23 as temperatures heat up in Arizona. Home to the Arizona Cardinals, the State Farm Stadium site has administered more than 632,000 doses since … [More]

COVID-19 Stories: Navajo Woman Business Owner Steps Up to Lead Volunteer Relief Distribution Effort

Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund

Last March, Navajo business owner Vanessa Tullie had just completed construction of a new office space when she responded to a call to join the Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund efforts. Based in Phoenix, Ariz., Tullie owns and operates a home care agency, appropriately named Ahehee’ Shidine’e Homecare LLC., which loosely translates to mean, “Thank you, my … [More]

Indoor Drive-Thru COVID-19 Vaccination Site in Mesa will Maintain Vital East Valley Presence

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

A Mesa distribution center operated by Dexcom, maker of innovative continuous glucose monitoring products for people with diabetes, will serve as the Valley’s first state-run indoor drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site. “As the hot summer months approach, we want to ensure our vaccination sites continue to operate efficiently,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Health care … [More]

Phoenix Sky Harbor Is Working Together to Help Travelers with COVID-19

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Early in the pandemic, the aviation industry realized the need to communicate health and safety requirements and information about COVID-19. Because there wasn't one standardized place to look for information, under the leadership of the ACI World IT Standing Committee's ACRIS (Airport Community Recommend Information Services) Group, ACI, multiple airports and World Business … [More]

Face Masks and Other Personal Protective Equipment to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 Are Tax Deductible

Internal Revenue Service

The Internal Revenue Service issued Announcement 2021-7 PDF today clarifying that the purchase of personal protective equipment, such as masks, hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes, for the primary purpose of preventing the spread of coronavirus are deductible medical expenses. The amounts paid for personal protective equipment are also eligible to be paid … [More]

Governor Halts Restrictions on Events, Businesses and Masks

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

With the state of Arizona hitting several important public health benchmarks, Governor Doug Ducey announced several updates to the state’s COVID-19 measures, including on events, businesses and local ordinances. Several key data points contributed to these changes: Mass distribution of the vaccine: 3,041,773 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered to … [More]

Stimulus: More Economic Impact Payments Set for Disbursement in Coming Days

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For taxpayers receiving direct deposit, this batch of payments began processing on Friday and will have an official pay date of Wednesday, March 24, with some people seeing these in their accounts earlier, potentially as provisional or pending deposits. A large number of this latest batch of payments will also be mailed, so taxpayers who do not receive a direct deposit by March … [More]

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