Ala. Senate leader says his comments on COVID-19 were a poor choice of words

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said Thursday he wants to see more people get COVID-19.

Phoenix-area hospitals order refrigerated storage for morgue if capacity is met

Arizona mayors urge Gov. Ducey to do more to slow spread of coronavirus

  US bets on small, untested company to deliver COVID vaccine

  Starbucks to require customers to wear masks

  Arizona reports 2,082 deaths from COVID-19; no new deaths in Pima County

  AP: After lobbying, Catholic Church won $1.4B in virus aid

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  Foreign students weigh studying in person vs. losing visas

  Schools or bars? Opening classrooms may mean hard choices amid pandemic

  Gov. Ducey issues new executive order for Arizonans amid COVID-19 outbreak

  CDC head sticking to school-opening guides Trump criticized

  Coronavirus cases jump in worst-hit trio of US, Brazil and India

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen back in federal prison

TSA agents at Tucson airport test positive for COVID-19

More than 1,000 TSA employees have tested positive for the virus.

  Pima County to open COVID-19 testing site at Kino Sports Complex

Test appointments can be made online or over the phone.

  True toll of COVID-19 in nursing homes still unknown

Federal nursing home coronavirus case data remains flawed, and some members of Congress say that needs to change.

  Disaster teams sent to Arizona to deal with rising COVID-19 crisis

According to a HHS spokesperson, an additional 15 health care personnel are deployed to Yuma County and 14 to Navajo County.

Nerdwallet releases list of airlines who best handled COVID-19

  Why are face masks important? Just ask Bill Nye

Parades, close-ups with Mickey out as Disney World reopens

WHO: Indoor airborne spread of coronavirus possible

  Study suggests fetal coronavirus infection is possible

  US economy may be stalling out as viral outbreak worsens

  Back in bloom: Tucson Botanical Gardens reopen Thursday

Changes implemented to keep visitors safe.

  Medical-grade masks offer far better protection than cloth ones, study says

Cloth masks are better than nothing at protecting people from disease, but they don’t compare to medical-grade masks.

Tokyo Games face skeptics, 1-day COVID-19 infection record

The poll by the Japan News Network said only 17% thought it could be held next year in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Atlanta mayor defies governor, requires masks in city

Atlanta's mayor says she will sign an executive order mandating masks in Georgia's largest city Wednesday, defying Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to strongly encourage but not require face coverings.

ASU researchers develop cheaper, faster saliva test for COVID-19

As the number of Arizonans who have contracted COVID-19 has raced past 100,000, testing for the novel coronavirus that causes the respiratory disease has become a priority. Some of that testing now is being done through saliva, a process that’s easier and less expensive.

  Mental health resources available during COVID-19 pandemic

Though many aren't available, some resources are here to help.

  Trump to America’s schools: Reopen or may lose federal funds

The president unleashed his threat on Twitter.

  US virus cases top 3 million, Americans face frustrating test delays

Labs are reporting shortages of materials and don’t have enough workers to process the tests, leading to severe backups that could worsen as economies reopen and new infections emerge.

  Ivy League suspends fall sports due to coronavirus pandemic

A person with knowledge of the decision says the Ivy League will not play sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Health official: Trump rally ‘likely’ source of virus surge

President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa that drew thousands of people in late June, along with large protests that accompanied it, “likely contributed” to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday.

US consumers reduced their borrowing by $18.3 billion in May

U.S. consumers reduced their borrowing for a third straight month May as the millions of jobs lost because of the coronavirus pandemic made households less eager to take on new debt.

  Man yells at elderly woman over face mask at Fla. Costco

The man who took the video said the individual started to yell at and harass the elderly woman. When he cut in, the man started yelling at him.

Brooks Brothers, worn by Lincoln and Kennedy, goes bankrupt

The coronavirus pandemic pushed the 200-year-old company to seek Chapter 11 protection Wednesday.

  United will warn 36,000 workers they could be laid off

The outlook for a recovery in air travel has dimmed in just the past two weeks, as infection rates rise in much of the U.S. and some states imposed new quarantine requirements.

  Bailout or raise prices? The battle over how to save the Postal Service

Deciding how to save USPS is a complicated and decade-long fight in Washington. Some are calling for Congress to bail it out, but new leadership at the postal service could mean changes for the historic institution.

  Renters face financial cliff ahead; limited help available

Renters are nearing the end of their financial rope.

NerdWallet: 4 expert tips to get hired from home

Millions of newly out-of-work Americans are chasing employment simultaneously.

  COVID patients: Less than half know where they got it

A survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows only 45% of COVID-19 patients studied in nine states knew they had been in contact with someone who had the virus.

  FDA warns labs of COVID-19 test with false positives

The BD Max System COVID-19 diagnostic test from Becton Dickinson is showing an error rate of 3-percent false positives.

Sanity trial in newspaper shooting postponed amid pandemic

Hearings and a jury trial to determine criminal sanity for a man who pleaded guilty to killing five people at a Maryland newspaper have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Data: Congress created virus aid, then reaped the benefits

At least a dozen lawmakers have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to newly released government data, highlighting how Washington insiders were both author and beneficiary of one of the biggest government programs in U.S. history.

  Texas county warns of arrests for COVID-19 positive residents who don’t self-isolate

Texas has seen a resurgence in coronavirus cases, recently surpassing 10,000 new cases in a single day for the first time.

  Thousands of Arizona companies, churches, non-profits and more received PPP money

List shares data on businesses that received financial relief during the pandemic.

  Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday assailed plans by some local districts to offer in-person instruction only a few days a week and said schools must be “fully operational” even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge coronavirus can spread in air

The World Health Organization has long maintained that COVID-19 is spread via larger respiratory droplets, most often when people cough or sneeze, that fall to the ground.

  McConnell eyes virus aid as evictions, benefits cuts loom

An eviction moratorium is lifting. Extra unemployment benefits are ending. Parents are being called to work, but schools are struggling to reopen for fall as the COVID-19 crisis shows no signs of easing.

  Protective gear for medical workers begins to run low again

A national nursing union is concerned that gear has to be reused.

  Available ICU beds in Pima County dwindle as COVID-19 cases spike in Arizona

Tuesday, the state reported 90 percent of ICU beds are being used, about 870 of the beds for COVID-19 patients.

  Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren interviews President Trump

In his interview with Van Susteren, President Trump discusses the treatment and vaccine timeline for COVID-19 and if the Republican Convention can still be held in Florida.

At least 8 Mississippi lawmakers test positive for COVID-19

At least eight Mississippi lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus after working several weeks in a Capitol where many people stood or sat close together and did not wear masks.

  Fact Finders: How secure is my vote-by-mail ballot?

IT staff works alongside the Pima County government’s IT staff to make sure security measures are in place and tested.

  CDC releases guidelines on youth sports safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is out with updated guidelines for youth sports safety in the age of COVID-19.

  EPA approves first surface disinfectant products tested for the coronavirus

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved two products for killing the novel coronavirus on surfaces following laboratory testing.

  Brazil’s President Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19

Bolsonaro confirmed the test results while wearing a mask and speaking to reporters in capital Brasilia on Tuesday.

  Biden wants US to produce more of its own pandemic supplies

Joe Biden is promising to shift production of medical equipment and other key pandemic-fighting products “back to U.S. soil,” creating jobs and bolstering a domestic supply chain he says has been exposed as inadequate and vulnerable by the coronavirus outbreak.

  Coronavirus ‘out of control’ in southern U.S., expert says

One health expert says rapid surges in coronavirus cases have made contact tracing impossible across the southern U.S.

  In reversal, Georgia universities to now mandate masks

Faculty and employees have increasingly been demanding that their institutions mandate masks to slow virus transmission, signing letters and petitions

  Governors’ companies among recipients of virus relief loans

Governors who ordered shutdowns as their states responded to the coronavirus pandemic were among millions of beneficiaries of the loan program created to help small businesses weather COVID-19′s effect on the economy, data released Monday show.

  Asymptomatic COVID-19 cases may be driving spread, research indicates

Using existing research, scientists have found that silent transmission could be responsible for half of the COVID cases.

Kanye West’s clothing brand borrowed millions in pandemic loans

Kanye West’s clothing brand Yeezy reportedly got between $2 million and $5 million in coronavirus aid loans from the federal government.

  Trump donors among early recipients of coronavirus loans

As much as $273 million in federal coronavirus aid was awarded to more than 100 companies that are owned or operated by major donors to President Donald Trump’s election efforts, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data.

NHL, players announce labor deal, plan to resume play Aug. 1

The National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association have reached a tentative agreement to return to play this season and extend their collective bargaining agreement by four years.

MLB releases pandemic-shortened schedule amid testing delays

By the time MLB revealed each team’s 60-game slate, last year's World Series teams, the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, had canceled workouts because of COVID-19 testing delays.

  Hospitals approaching capacity as Miami closes restaurants

Hospitals are fast approaching capacity in Florida and Texas, and the Miami area again ordered restaurants closed as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations began to climb.

  Hundreds of COVID-related complaints reported in Pima County

Pima County Health officials visited dozens of bars over the holiday weekend.

  Health service company in Phoenix could bring contact tracing jobs to Tucson

County health officials have been urging a full fledged program for months, but was hampered by a lack of testing.

  New rules: Foreign pupils must leave US if classes go online

New federal guidelines say international students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall.

  Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms contracts COVID-19

Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a potential Democratic vice presidential candidate tweeted Monday that she has tested positive for COVID-19.

FDA gives emergency approval to quick COVID-19 antigen test

The diagnostic swab test can yield results in 15 minutes.

  South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet

Noem didn’t wear a mask on the plane and chatted with the president as the flight returned to Washington, D.C., according to her spokesperson, Maggie Seidel.

  Fears linger as Disney World gets ready to reopen

Several new safety measures will be in place as the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom reopen for guests on Saturday. Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT open July 15.

  Tap house with Series 6 liquor license to reopen

Governor's order only applies to Series 6 and 7 liquor license holders “whose primary sale is alcohol”

  Harvard invites freshmen to campus, but classes stay online

University officials announced Monday that only 40% of undergraduates will be invited to campus in an effort to reduce density and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  Small business aid went beyond hard-hit companies, data show

The government handed out $521 billion through the paycheck protection program, a crucial piece of the government's $2 trillion rescue package.

  FDA adds to list warning of potentially toxic hand sanitizers

The FDA updated an earlier advisory, adding more hand sanitizer products that may contain methanol it recommended people not use.

  Amid pandemic, fewer students seek federal aid for college

The number of high school seniors applying for U.S. federal college aid plunged in the weeks following the sudden closure of school buildings this spring.

  Broadway star Nick Cordero dies after monthslong battle against coronavirus

Cordero faced severe complications from the virus, despite having no pre-existing health conditions. He spent weeks on a ventilator, suffered septic shock, mini-strokes and had to have a leg amputated.

  July 4 weekend fuels worries about skyrocketing virus cases

The United States has dipped under 50,000 new daily infections for the first time in four days, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University, but experts fear celebrations for the July 4th weekend will act like rocket fuel for the nation’s surging coronavirus outbreak.