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A patient gets swabbed during Covid-19 testing at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla., Monday, July 13, 2020. Drive-thru testing at OHP continues through July 17, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m daily; appointments are not required. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

The Latest: Arizona sees record number of virus ICU patients

Jul. 13, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX — Arizona is reporting all-time highs in coronavirus patients using ventilators and occupying beds in intensive-care units. The state Department of Health Services said 671 COVID-19 patients were on ventilators and 936 were in intensive care as of Sunday. Hospitals were hovering around 90% capacity...

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey talks about an executive order as he speaks about the latest coronavirus information at a news conference, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

Arizona sees new highs in COVID-19 ventilator, ICU bed use

Jul. 13, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is reporting all-time highs in coronavirus patients using ventilators and occupying beds in intensive-care units. The state Department of Health Services said 671 COVID-19 patients were on ventilators and 936 were in intensive care as of Sunday. Hospitals were hovering around 90%...

3 school teachers in Winkelman get COVID-19, one later dies

Jul. 12, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Three school teachers in the small eastern Arizona community of Winkelman tested positive for the coronavirus last month and one of them died, according to a Phoenix television station. ABC15 reported Sunday that Kimberley Byrd shared a classroom with two other teachers at Leonor Hambly K-8....

Arizona will use experimental drug to help COVID-19 patients

Jul. 12, 2020 1:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey says Arizona will be getting 361 cases of the experimental antiviral drug Remdesivir, which appears to help patients with COVID-19 recover faster. The drug received emergency approval in May by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The shipment comes from the U.S....

More than 60 Phoenix firefighters test positive for virus

Jul. 12, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — More than 60 firefighters with the Phoenix Fire Department have tested positive for the coronavirus. “We have had multiple positive cases in the past week, a truly alarming amount,” P.J. Dean, a spokesman for United Phoenix Firefighters Association, told Phoenix radio station...

Body recovered from lake in Laveen park; Man likely drowned

Jul. 12, 2020 11:29 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The body of a man who apparently drowned in a lake at Cesar Chavez Park in Laveen has been recovered, according to authorities. Phoenix Fire Department crews were called to the area Saturday morning on reports of a man who fell into the lake. Witnesses told ABC15 that they saw the man on a...

Nevada Assemblyman Jim Wheeler looks at this cellphone outside the Nevada Legislature before the Assembly gaveled in for the fourth day of the 31st Special Session of the Nevada Legislature in Carson City, Nev., Saturday, July 11, 2020. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent via AP, Pool)

The Latest: Nevada lawmakers suspend session over virus case

Jul. 11, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. — Nevada lawmakers have pumped the brakes on their emergency special session because someone in the legislative building has tested positive for the coronavirus. Gov. Steve Sisolak has convened the session so lawmakers can balance the state budget amid a projected $1.2 billion shortfall...

Arizona courts eye ways to hold jury trials during pandemic

Jul. 11, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona courts are entering new legal waters by exploring innovative procedures and technology such as videoconferencing to hold jury trials during the coronavirus pandemic. Largely rural Mohave County recently held a criminal trial during which jurors viewed the proceedings by watching...

People get tested at a drive thru coronavirus testing site at South Mountain Community College, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona reports 69 more deaths, sets hospitalization records

Jul. 11, 2020 1:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak in Arizona has produced 69 additional deaths and record numbers of hospitalizations, according to data released Saturday by state health officials. The death toll increased to 2,151, and the state Department of Health Services reported 3,038 additional confirmed...

People get tested at a drive thru coronavirus testing site at South Mountain Community College, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona reports more than 4,000 new confirmed virus cases

Jul. 10, 2020 10:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is preparing to help hospitals shuttle some recovering virus patients into nursing homes to make space for arrivals as it reported more than 4,000 newly confirmed coronavirus cases on Friday — still the highest rate of infection per capita in the nation. The state Health...