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Banner Health requires employees to get vaccinated

Arizona's number of identified COVID-19 cases has reached 910,436 (up 1,154 from the day before), and the number of known deaths remained at 18,117. Arizona's positivity rate (the rate at which COVID-19 tests are coming back positive) continues to creep up, reaching 14% so far this week.

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Banner Health requires employees to get vaccinated

AZ lags in vaccination rate as delta variant spreads

Arizona's number of identified COVID-19 cases has reached 898,908 (up 625 from the day before), and the number of known deaths remained at 18,003. It's Thursday, and this is Coronavirus Watch from The Arizona Republic, where we update you about the latest on how COVID-19 is affecting you and our community.

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AZ lags in vaccination rate as delta variant spreads

Arizona hits 18,000 deaths related to COVID-19

Arizona's positivity rate for the week of July 4 stands at 9%, according to the state. This is up from 5% for most of May and June. The positivity rate refers to the percentage of diagnostic tests coming back positive, and experts generally say 5% or lower is a sign that the virus is under control.

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Arizona hits 18,000 deaths related to COVID-19

More than 100 known cases of delta variant identified in Arizona

The Navajo Nation has identified its first case of the variant, and its spread is raising concerns among health officials. “It’s important for people to know that we do have the delta variant here in Arizona. We have identified it in all parts of the state,” said Dr. Cara Christ, state health director.

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More than 100 known cases of delta variant identified in Arizona

Nonprofits serving older, younger Arizonans team up in vaccination effort

Two Arizona nonprofits — one that focuses on older adults and another on young people — have received a $40,000 grant to help more people get a COVID-19 vaccine. "Both organizations already understood the powerful benefits of connecting young people to older adults," said Ann Wheat, executive director of Duet.

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Nonprofits serving older, younger Arizonans team up in vaccination effort

'A different perspective:' Losing loved ones as pandemic wanes

The pandemic is waning, but still nearly 500 people were in Arizona hospitals on Monday with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. More than one-quarter of those hospitalized patients were in intensive care units. Families who've lost loved ones in recent months say their grief can be lonely, mourning at a time when most of us are getting out more and seeing friends we hadn't been around.

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'A different perspective:' Losing loved ones as pandemic wanes

Grand Canyon and other parks gear up for more visitors

The Grand Canyon saw 3 million visitors last year, about half of what it saw in 2019. The drop is likely in part because so many of the annual visitors — about 40% — usually are international travelers. But people are returning to Arizona's national parks.

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Grand Canyon and other parks gear up for more visitors

Some Navajo Nation businesses wonder: When can we reopen?

More than a year ago, the Navajo Nation Department of Health issued an order shutting down all non-essential businesses. Now, as life begins to return to normal (or a new version of normal), some business owners on the Nation are wondering when they will get the OK to reopen.

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Some Navajo Nation businesses wonder: When can we reopen?

Concern about her Navajo grandfather led to a massive charity effort

When the pandemic started last spring, and supplies like toilet paper were disappearing from store shelves, Vanessa Tullie saw the worry in her grandfather's eyes. He lives on the Navajo Nation, and if supplies were hard to come by in Phoenix where she lived, it would be even more so on the remote land where grocery stores aren't plentiful.

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Concern about her Navajo grandfather led to a massive charity effort

Dr. Fauci's public and emailed comments in early days of pandemic

No one has been more front and center for Americans during the pandemic than Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert. From masks to hydroxychloroquine and from the virus's origins to White House censorship, reporters combed through Fauci's emails, obtained by news outlets through the Freedom of Information Act, to compare how his private and public comments stacked up.

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Dr. Fauci's public and emailed comments in early days of pandemic

Vaccine efforts get local as large state-run vaccination sites to close in AZ

Arizona will close its seven large state-run COVID-19 vaccination sites by June 28, The Republic's Alison Steinbach reports. State Health Director Dr. Cara Christ said the sites at State Farm Stadium and elsewhere served as a national model for vaccine distribution, but the focus has shifted to more localized, neighborhood efforts.

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Vaccine efforts get local as large state-run vaccination sites to close in AZ

Phoenix area housing prices rose in pandemic. Any relief in sight for buyers?

The pandemic didn't dampen the Valley's housing market. In fact it helped heat it up, as more people working remotely wanted homes of their own or larger ones with space for an office. Mix in more people moving here, and it has been a frustrating market for many buyers competing for a limited supply of houses.

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Phoenix area housing prices rose in pandemic. Any relief in sight for buyers?

Remote work is here to stay. Here's why

The low case count was a result of the Memorial Day holiday, state health officials said. As more companies reopen offices in the coming months, one impact of the pandemic is clear — more people working from home. The shift in a short period of time appears dramatic.

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Remote work is here to stay. Here's why

As COVID-19 cases drop elsewhere, immigration detention centers see spike

Government agencies are pointing fingers — ICE says it's due to newly arrived immigrants transferred from Border Patrol facilities near the border with Mexico. But critics contend that ICE hasn't done enough to follow guidelines to stop the spread of the virus. According to Gonzalez and Clark: Data posted on ICE's website and interviews with immigrant advocates and attorneys show COVID-19 spikes are happening at several immigration detention facilities owned and operated by private, for-profit companies that contract with ICE.

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As COVID-19 cases drop elsewhere, immigration detention centers see spike

People hitting the streets in south and west Phoenix to share information about COVID-19 vaccine

Now, more and more people are telling canvassers that they got the jab.And those who haven't are getting information about pop-up vaccination events, such as one that happened in Grant Park south of downtown Phoenix over the weekend. “Most people today are walk-ins because they heard about this from somewhere else,” Petra Falcon, community organizer and executive director of Promise Arizona, told Taros.

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People hitting the streets in south and west Phoenix to share information about COVID-19 vaccine

Alternative efforts to get people vaccinated in Arizona

As large-scale vaccination sites start to wind down, public health officials across Arizona are looking for ways to reach people who for a variety of reasons have yet to get the jab. "We're in the difficult part of getting people immunized," Dr. Theresa Cullen, who is director of the Pima County Health Department, told Innes.

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Alternative efforts to get people vaccinated in Arizona

$2K bonus to head back to work

Arizona still is figuring out the details of how it will pay up to $2,000 in bonuses to people on unemployment who land a job.For now, officials are advising them to hang onto their pay stubs if they intend to apply. By July 10, Arizona's jobless benefits will revert to the pre-pandemic maximum of $240 per week.

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$2K bonus to head back to work

$2K bonus to head back to work

Arizona still is figuring out the details of how it will pay up to $2,000 in bonuses to people on unemployment who land a job.For now, officials are advising them to hang onto their pay stubs if they intend to apply. By July 10, Arizona's jobless benefits will revert to the pre-pandemic maximum of $240 per week.

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$2K bonus to head back to work

Pandemic and other factors lead to homebuilding and renovation delays, price hikes

Low interest rates and a lot of time spent in our homes have led to increased demand for buying or renovating houses at a time when pandemic-related supply and labor shortages, as well as other factors, have led to delays and rising prices. For example, the rising price of softwood lumber— the material used to frame houses — has added $35,872 to the price of an average new single-family home in the past 12 months.

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Pandemic and other factors lead to homebuilding and renovation delays, price hikes