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]

Arizona-Based Valley Shield Launches Affordable Rapid Testing in Maryvale

Valley Shield

Arizona-based diagnostics lab Saguaro Bloom has opened Valley Shield, the first COVID-19 testing facility in the state to offer affordable and accessible rapid antigen testing at $49 which is currently a third of the market price. The Valley Shield facility, located in Maryvale, will provide high quality rapid testing in addition to no-cost standard COVID testing (RT-PCR) for … [More]

State Adopts a Unique Hybrid Model for COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced today a new hybrid approach that provides Arizonans 55 and older eligibility along with frontline essential workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The new approach launches today in the Phoenix Metro Area. Arizona will continue its age-based approach to administering the vaccine. The new … [More]

Arizona Announces State-Run Vaccine Site in Metro Phoenix’s East Valley

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) today announced a state-operated COVID-19 vaccination site in the Phoenix metropolitan area’s East Valley, avoiding the closure of a successful mass vaccination site and further expanding the state’s nationally recognized model for speeding up vaccine administration. The vaccination site at … [More]

Partnership with State Helps Holocaust Survivors Register for Covid-19 Vaccination

Arizona Department of Health Services

Dozens of Holocaust survivors living in Arizona have been vaccinated against COVID-19 thanks to a partnership between state officials and the Phoenix Holocaust Association. Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, will administer second doses of the Pfizer vaccine to two of those survivors on Friday, Feb. 12, at Arizona State University’s … [More]

CVS Health and Other Pharmacies Will Begin Providing Covid-19 Vaccines

CVS Health

CVS Health will begin to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to eligible populations at a limited number of CVS Pharmacy locations across 11 states, including Arizona. Vaccinations were originally scheduled to begin on February 11, but in order to ensure in-store availability the start date has been moved to February 12. Vaccines in a retail setting will be offered on an … [More]

First Fully Integrated COVID-19 Prevention, Testing & Therapy Center Opens in Phoenix

Southwellness COVID Solutions

Concierge physician, Tyler Southwell, created a new division of his practice – Southwellness COVID Solutions (SCS) – late last year and is opening a 2,600 square foot one-of-a-kind facility this week in Phoenix, dedicated specifically to COVID-19 prevention, testing, and therapy. The convenient, comfortable, and private office is the first and only fully-integrated … [More]

Phoenix Mayor Announces Second COVID-19 Mobile Testing Van

City of Phoenix

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego announced today the launch of Phoenix's second COVID-19 Mobile Testing Van (Van #2) during its first day of operations at Cielito Park.  Customized by the Phoenix Public Works Department's Fleet Management division, Van #2 will provide testing services to the community three days a week and will offer two types of COVID-19 tests at no … [More]

CDC Issues Order Requiring Face Masks on Public Transit

Valley Metro

Centers for Disease Control issued an order requiring everyone traveling on public transit to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth. This new mandate is in addition to the executive order by President Biden earlier this month. Valley Metro is committed to keeping your communities safe during this pandemic and remember, we're all in this together. You can do your part to … [More]

SBA Re-Opening Paycheck Protection Program to Small Lenders on Friday, January 15 and All Lenders on Tuesday, January 19

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, will re-open the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal to PPP-eligible lenders with $1 billion or less in assets for First and Second Draw applications on Friday, January 15, 2021 at 9 am ET.  The portal will fully open on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 to all participating PPP lenders … [More]

Survey Reveals 68% of Surveyed Workers Do Not Feel Completely Safe in Their Buildings

Honeywell

Honeywell released the results of a comprehensive study on workers' perceptions and feelings on the health and safety of their workplace. Conducted by Wakefield Research, the study surveyed 2,000 workers that typically work in buildings with 500 or more employees across the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and the Middle East. The findings show that a staggering … [More]

Nearly 44,000 People In Seven Hours Book Appointments for State 24/7 Vaccination Site

Arizona Department of Health Services

In just seven hours today, nearly 44,000 Arizonans have made appointments to be vaccinated at the state’s first 24/7 COVID-19 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Of those appointments, nearly 29,000 are for the site’s first week of operation. The site, launched by the Arizona Department of Health Services in partnership with the Arizona Department of … [More]

SBA Re-Opens PPP in Two Phases

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the U.S. Treasury Department, re-opened the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan portal Monday at 9 am ET. SBA is continuing its dedicated commitment to underserved small businesses and to addressing potential access to capital barriers by initially granting PPP access exclusively to community financial institutions … [More]

BREAKING: SBA and Treasury Announce PPP Re-Opening; Issue New Guidance

U.S. Small Business Administration

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January … [More]

Ducey Provides Additional Funding to Support Local Restaurants

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey announced an additional $2 million to further help local restaurants and other dining establishments expand outdoor dining, protect patrons and staff, and limit the spread of COVID-19. “Arizona restaurant owners and their employees have worked diligently to serve patrons and limit the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor Ducey. “Many restaurants have … [More]

Ducey Issues Executive Order to Accelerate COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution in Arizona

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order today to rapidly expand access to the COVID-19 vaccine by streamlining distribution throughout Arizona and establishing additional vaccination sites. Rather than each county having their own implementation plans, the order directs the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) to implement a state-directed allocation model to … [More]

$115 Million to Support the Three Arizona Universities’ COVID-19 Response

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey announced $115 million for Arizona’s three public universities, an acknowledgement of the instrumental role they’ve played in the state’s ongoing efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. “Our universities continue to go the extra mile to fight the spread of COVID-19, protect our communities, and ensure students’ needs are met,” said Governor Ducey. “The … [More]

State Committee Prioritizes Those 75 and Older for Second Phase of COVID-19 Vaccination

Arizona Department of Health Services

Arizonans 75 and older are now prioritized to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the second phase of distribution following an updated recommendation yesterday by a panel of state, local, and tribal experts, including members of the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS). “One of Arizona’s top priorities since the start of the pandemic has been to protect our most … [More]

DES Announces Child Care Scholarship Program for Essential Workers

Arizona Department of Economic Security

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES)announced a new program aimed at providing child care resources to essential frontline workerscombating COVID-19. The Essential Workers Child Care Relief Scholarship Program will be open to: First responders Critical health care workers Essential government operations workers Grocery store and food bank workers … [More]

COVID-19 Surges Again in Arizona: How to Help

Banner Health

As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations surge once again in Arizona, Banner Health’s doctors, nurses and other health care professionals are working round the clock to care for patients and slow the spread in our communities. While Banner Health is well-prepared with hospital beds, ventilators, PPE, medical supplies and equipment, the health, well-being and availability of … [More]

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