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In a world consumed by the stress of COVID-19, Rachel Torbitzky found peace one night at the Pines Motel in Cottonwood.

By Bill Helm May 30, 2020
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Arizona moves past 19,000 COVID-19 cases, 900 deaths
State sees highest one-day tally with 790 new cases

For the second consecutive day, Arizona recorded its highest number yet of new COVID-19 positive tests Saturday.

By Dan Engler May 30, 2020
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Although personal protective equipment existed before the COVID-19 pandemic, the coronavirus – and how people have dealt with it – have brought the PPE into the lexicon of our new vocabulary.

By Bill Helm May 30, 2020
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Nicole McDaniel, a patient care tech, and Laura Fayette, a nationally certified medical assistant, greet and educate anywhere from 15-30 patients on Mondays and Thursdays at Northern Arizona Healthcare as they prepare to collect a specimen that will determine whether the patient is COVID-19 positive.

By Bill Helm May 30, 2020
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The greatest loss of freedom is the loss of life. Those that have died prematurely before their children were grown, or those close to retirement, or those who simply went to work one day at a factory, grocery story or a hospital.

By Linda Roemer: MY TURN May 30, 2020
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Asking people over the phone about personal health circumstances never gets easier, emergency dispatchers say.

By Jason W. Brooks May 29, 2020
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The beeping sound of a large van or truck backing up can be music to the ears of employees and volunteers at a food pantry or a related nonprofit.

By Jason W. Brooks May 29, 2020
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VERDE VALLEY CORONAVIRUS HEROES: Ambulance crews adjust to each call as they go
Verde Valley Ambulance uses UV light to sanitize masks

Rich Grimes has had to get creative to make sure Verde Valley Ambulance staff has proper, sanitized equipment.

By Jason W. Brooks May 29, 2020
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When Irene Forrest Bassett’s phone rings, the Cottonwood nurse practitioner is ready to jet off in a moment’s notice to a world hot-spot that most people are fleeing.

By Vyto Starinskas May 29, 2020
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Arizona recorded its highest number of new COVID-19 positive tests between Thursday and Friday as the state’s overall caseload surged past 18,000.

By Dan Engler May 29, 2020
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Governor allows world's oldest rodeo to proceed
Unclear whether spectators can attend

The "world's oldest rodeo" can take place as scheduled this summer despite the COVID-19 restrictions.

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Governor, ADHS director: School to start on time in August
Classes to begin regardless of COVID-19 circumstances

Arizona schools will reopen late this summer, pretty much no matter what is going on with COVID-19, Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday.

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Arizona added 501 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. The state’s Health Services Department also confirmed 26 coronavirus deaths between Wednesday and Thursday.

By Dan Engler May 28, 2020
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Tested on May 16 at one of the Spectrum blitz testing days, Shaw got word three days later she was positive. At the time she was asymptomatic positive, meaning positive yet showing no signs.

By Bill Helm May 28, 2020
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Wednesday’s COVID-19 report from the Arizona Department of Health Services is a classic good-news, bad-news story.

By Dan Engler May 27, 2020
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State senators finally pulled the plug Tuesday on the legislative session, leaving unresolved the question of whether businesses should get special protection from COVID-19 lawsuits.

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Another 24,723 Arizonans filed first-time claims for unemployment benefits this past week.

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With still no evidence of a decline in the acceleration of COVID-19 cases in Arizona, the state’s Department of Health Services reported 431 new cases in the past 24 hours, pushing the state’s total caseload to 16,039.

By Dan Engler May 23, 2020
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State representatives voted Thursday along party lines to put new hurdles in the path of people suing businesses, churches and schools over COVID-19 claims.

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The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 418 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, pushing the state’s total caseload to 15,315. In addition, ADHS reported 16 coronavirus deaths in the past day, bringing the state’s death count to 763.

By Dan Engler May 21, 2020
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The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 43 COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours. That pushes the state’s coronavirus death tally to 747 as the overall Arizona caseload has grown to 14,987.

By Dan Engler May 20, 2020
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Arizona House to focus on non-COVID issues
Republicans begin pushing other measures

Arizona House Republicans thwarted a bid by Democrats on Tuesday to shut down regular legislative business and focus only on issues related to COVID-19.

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Another 31,901 Arizonans applied for first-time unemployment benefits last week.

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As of Tuesday morning, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported more than 14,000 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in the state, with 41 percent of those cases involving patients age 65 or older.

By Jason W. Brooks May 19, 2020
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Arizona positive-test ratio for COVID-19 drops to 5.9%
6,918 new cases in Arizona so far this month

Three consecutive weekends of COVID-19 “blitz” testing has resulted in a marked increase in Arizona’s caseload numbers.

By Dan Engler May 19, 2020
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City of Sedona opens some facilities
Playgrounds, pool still closed

With Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home executive order expiring on May 15, the City of Sedona will incrementally resume in-person services beginning Monday, May 18.

By Staff report May 18, 2020
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The Arizona Department of Health Services documented 1,001 new COVID-19 positive tests over the weekend and 35 deaths.

By Dan Engler May 18, 2020
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As if fighting wildfires wasn’t dangerous enough, firefighters now have to worry about COVID-19 while they’re on the job, making for what fire officials say will be the “most challenging season we’re going to have.”

By McKenzie Sadeghi, Cronkite News May 15, 2020
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Three days after Gov. Doug Ducey announced he would let Arizona’s stay-at-home directive expire, the state’s Department of Health Services has reported 1,433 new COVID-19 cases and 89 deaths.

By Dan Engler May 15, 2020
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Gov. Doug Ducey is telling business owners that their ability to remain open — and the future of the Arizona economy — is going to depend on how well they follow the voluntary protocols designed to prevent another outbreak of COVID-19.

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