"Experts are forecasting the current surge has not yet peaked, and our healthcare system cannot take much more," the statewide physician group’s president, Dr. Miriam Anand, said in a statement.
California health authorities announced over the weekend that hospital staff members who test positive but are symptom-free can continue working. Some hospitals in Rhode Island and Arizona have likewise told employees they can stay on the job if they have no symptoms or just mild ones.
The health order now includes booster requirements for people who work in higher-risk settings, including adult care facilities, adult day programs, dental offices, home health care workers and pharmacists, as well as workers who visit such settings, like police officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and lawyers whose clients are in jails.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials said the guidance is in keeping with growing evidence that people with the coronavirus are most infectious in the two days before and three days after symptoms develop.
“Thus far, it does not look like there’s a great degree of severity to it,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said.
Dr. Karl Viddal hiked Camelback Mountain with loved ones and the doctors who are credited with saving his life during a two-month battle with COVID-19 in May 2020. He said he wasn't sure if the hike was something he'd ever be able to do again.
The arrival of omicron comes as hospitals statewide continue to strain under a surge in coronavirus cases, most traced to the delta variant, along with staffing shortages.
Arizona reported 6,043 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 174 virus deaths on Dec. 4 as the pandemic’s latest surge maintained its grip on the state.
The money, which includes funds from the American Rescue Plan and other sources, will support more than 22,700 providers, marking the largest number of providers enrolled in these programs in history, according to the White House.
Arizona has faced years of complaints about poor health care behind bars and has been fined $2.5 million for not complying with a settlement over the issue.
An influential U.S. advisory panel will discuss expanding eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine booster shots to all adults Friday, a move that could make the shots available as early as this weekend.
Active-duty sailors had until Nov. 14 to get their last dose of the vaccine.
Arizona's Attorney General filed yet another lawsuit against the Biden administration, this time over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers. He says the mandate impacts the well-being of those seeking care, as well as those providing it.
Some states, along with New York City, are not waiting for U.S. health officials to approve COVID-19 booster shots for all adults out of concern of a possible winter surge.
Cases tapered off after the delta variant surged this summer, but newly rising cases could be a worrisome sign of what’s ahead this winter.
A woman who just moved to Phoenix says she woke up and something was very off. She learned she contracted a fungal infection known as valley fever. "I didn’t know what was going on. All I knew was that my legs were on fire."
About 660,000 of the 2.2 million tests being recalled have already been used
Arizona health officials are urging all who are able to receive a COVID-19 to get it ahead of the holiday season, including kids ages 5-11.
Experts studied 10 patients with ear-related symptoms linked to COVID-19. The hearing loss ranged from mild to profound.
Singapore’s government says its citizens have until Dec. 8 to get vaccinated or they will be left on their own to cover any medical expenses they accrue.