Coronavirus

Only passenger on flight, woman going to see dying mother upgraded to first class for free

The flight crew upgraded the woman to first class, addressed her personally over the loudspeaker and took selfies with her.

  Good Samaritans spend more than $1,000 on gas for Detroit nurses treating coronavirus

Trump says ‘toughest’ weeks ahead; New York gets ventilators from China

Arizona receives Presidential Major Disaster Declaration, giving way for more COVID-19 aid

Actress-author Patricia Bosworth dies from coronavirus at 86

Trump, Dems clash on boosting mail-in voting during pandemic

  ‘Don’t take chances:’ Wash. nursing home patient back home after defeating coronavirus

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  UPDATE: Arizona reports 52 deaths from COVID-19, 12 in Pima County

  Surgeon general releases video demonstrating how to make face masks

Medics at Egypt’s main cancer center test positive for virus

  Salon owners crunch to get business in order before mandated COVID-19 closure

Arizona prison employees to wear cloth masks, department ordered to release more testing information

  Following COVID-19 while deaf: With all the coverage, some are feeling left out

  Tucson business owner praises Ducey’s order to close salons, barbershops

Gov. Doug Ducey ordered all barbershops, hair and nail salons to close by 5 p.m. April 4, 2020.

Singer Pink says she had COVID-19, gives $1M to relief funds

In a pair of tweets, she said she and her three-year-old son were displaying symptoms two weeks ago, and she tested positive after accessing tests through a primary care physician.

Escalera Health tests, screens for COVID-19 with drive-through site

Local outpatient clinic helps test more Tucsonans for COVID-19.

  Fact Finders: Delivery or Take-Out? Food Safety & COVID-19

Authorities do not believe COVID-19 is spread through food, though you should always wash your hands before and after eating or handling food.

Trump, 3M clash over order to produce more face masks for US

  Fact Finders: Co-parenting and COVID-19

  Small businesses look for help during COVID-19 closures

  Feds recommend Americans wear face masks; NY governor says he’ll seize ventilators

Send us your photos, video for Graduation: The Lost Class of 2020

McConnell, Pelosi signal more virus aid likely from Congress

  Face masks recommended, but Trump says he won’t wear one

The latest guidance suggests that Americans use makeshift coverings, such as T-shirts, scarves or bandanas to cover their noses and mouths.

COMMENTARY: What a time to celebrate National Love Our Children Day

It seems redundant to have a day titled “National Love Our Children Day” each year. However during the coronavirus pandemic, it’s probably important to take a moment and reflect on how and why we show love for our kids.

  OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Tucson-area restaurants and other businesses still open during coronavirus outbreak

Here's a list of local restaurants offering deals and discounts.

  Hobby Lobby closes all store locations

Employees are being encouraged to file unemployment claims with their state unemployment commissions.

  Walmart to limit customers in stores to reduce risk of spreading coronavirus

Retail giant Walmart is the latest to announce new restrictions inside its stores to help promote social distancing and limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Small biz rescue off to slow start; some banks not ready

The federal government's relief program for small businesses is off to a slow start Friday, with only some businesses able to apply and several banks either not accepting applications or seeing long waits to do approvals.

  Robocalls advertising fake coronavirus-related products and bogus deals

Robocalls have turned from the usual social security fraud scams to coronavirus-related messages. The FTC says some are peddling fake products, and others are looking to cash in on stimulus checks.

  Many college students not eligible for stimulus checks

High school and college students between ages 17 and 24 will not receive money if they are claimed as a dependent on someone’s tax returns, even if they normally work and file taxes themselves.

  Corona stops beer production

The Mexican government has shuttered non-essential businesses, including the makers of Corona Beer.

  HBO free programming offers more incentive for people to stay home

The network is offering 500 hours of its programming free for a limited time.

Fort Huachuca reports installation’s first confirmed case of COVID-19

Cochise County resident who works on Fort Huachuca is county’s fifth confirmed case.

  COVID-19 TOWN HALL: Gov. Ducey discusses salons, schools, stay-at-home order

During Thursday night’s virtual town hall, Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ answered questions from Arizona residents about the coronavirus pandemic.

  Florida finally takes passengers of coronavirus-stricken cruise ship, some on stretchers

The exodus from the Zaandaam and its sister ship the Rotterdam could extend into Saturday, officials said.

  Target to limit customers in stores, give employees face masks and gloves

Target is implementing new safety measures starting Saturday, and it may impact your shopping experience at the retailer.

  Hobby Lobby stores in Dallas forced to close after resisting coronavirus executive order

Deputies delivered a warning directly to Hobby Lobby stores in Dallas, causing business at one Hobby Lobby to halt abruptly.

  US flu activity drops sharply; death toll holds at 24K

While the U.S. flu season is ebbing, it’s still not over.

  Hospitals cancel surgeries, ration care as influx of coronavirus patients continues

With so many medical resources being diverted to the coronavirus, doctors are having to make choices about who gets care and who does not.

  US sheds most jobs in a decade, ending record hiring streak

The U.S. shed 701,000 jobs in March in face of the new coronavirus, ending a record hiring streak after nearly 10 years.

Oprah, DiCaprio, others launch $12M coronavirus relief food fund

America's Food Fund said Thursday that the monies will be aimed to help low-income families, the elderly, individuals facing job disruptions and children who rely on school lunch programs.

Terri Clark, Lauren Alaina, Ashley McBryde to perform Saturday at Grand Ole Opry. Here’s how you can watch.

It will be an all-female lineup as the Grand Ole Opry continues to broadcast live performances during the coronavirus pandemic at its empty venue.

  Coronavirus survivor: ‘In my blood, there may be answers’

Doctors want to use blood plasma from recovered COVID-19 patients to treat the sick, giving them a dose of the immune system antibodies that fight the virus.

  After financial hit from coronavirus response, dairy farmers are adapting

Of all the commodities impacted, milk has been one of the hardest hit.

  Outbreak’s global cost may top $4T; auto insurers get break

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed.

  Prince Charles to officially open new hospital for coronavirus patients

The National Health Service hospital at ExCel London will within days be able to provide intensive care treatment for 4,000 people suffering from the COVID-19 disease.

  Pima County Health Department opens nearly 20 equipment donation drop-off sites

Nearly two dozen fire stations are now accepting donations.

  ‘We need help’: Economic, health crises grow as cases top 1M

The bleak news Thursday — 6.6 million new unemployment claims on top of 3.3 million last week — came as the competition for scarce ventilators, masks and other protective gear seemed to grow more desperate and deaths mounted.

LOOKING FOR WORK? Here’s a list of who’s hiring in southern Arizona

Employers holding job fairs to fill open positions.

  Navy fires captain who sought help for virus-stricken ship

The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus was fired Thursday by Navy leaders who said he created a panic by sending his memo pleading for help to too many people.

  VIDEO: New York firefighters support, thank hospital workers

Health care workers getting off a shift change at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, New York, got a special tribute Thursday night.

  Unemployment claims skyrocket in Arizona

There are long wait times, busy signals and frustrated customers at the DES amid COVID-19 outbreak.

  Ships with coronavirus patients dock in Florida

Cruise ships carrying dozens of passengers and crew displaying symptoms of the coronavirus awaited final word Thursday on when they would be able to dock at a Florida port after officials gave their tentative approval and the state’s governor dropped his previously firm opposition.

  Kentucky college student makes coronavirus masks for deaf community

The senior studying Education for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing at Eastern Kentucky University said she saw a chance to help the community with masks that uniquely address their needs.

County releases new website with list of local businesses open for takeout

Pimaeats complies a list of local eateries open for takeout orders.

  Stocks end another whipsaw day solidly higher, led by energy

Stocks are closing solidly higher after another whipsaw day, giving the market its first gain in three days. Major U.S. indexes rose more than 2% Thursday.

  Memo: Some in US may not get stimulus checks until August

The federal government expects to begin making payments to millions of Americans under the new stimulus law in mid-April, but some people without direct deposit information may not get checks until mid-August or later, according to a memo obtained Thursday by The Associated Press.

  Democrats delay nominating convention amid coronavirus concerns

The Democratic National Committee is delaying its presidential nominating convention until the week of Aug. 17 after prospective nominee Joe Biden said he didn’t think it would be possible to hold a normal convention in mid-July because of the coronavirus pandemic.

US eases blood donation limits for gay men due to shortage

The Food and Drug Administration's new policy aims to allow tens of thousands more Americans to give blood, including gay and bisexual men and people with recent tattoos and piercings.

  AP-NORC poll: About half of workers lose income due to virus

About half of all working Americans say they or a member of their household have lost some kind of income due to the coronavirus pandemic, with low-income Americans and those without college degrees especially likely to have lost a job.

Feds propose $611,000 fine at Seattle-area nursing home

Authorities said Life Care had at least partially fixed the most serious problems by the time they conducted follow-up inspection in last weekend.

  Nursing home infections, deaths surge amid lockdown measures

A wave of deadly outbreaks nearly every day since suggests that the measures including a ban on visits and daily health screenings of staffers either came too late or were not rigorous enough.

  SXSW partners with Amazon to put its film festival online

It'll be bring-your-own popcorn and the barbecue won’t be as good, but Austin's SXSW Film Festival is partnering with Amazon to move online after having its 27th edition canceled by the coronavirus pandemic.

  Oregon veteran celebrates 104th birthday after coronavirus recovery

An Oregon veteran has overcome his latest battle, and he was able to celebrate his 104th birthday as a result.

Menards bans children, pets in stores due to COVID-19 outbreak

You must be 16 or older to enter the store and have the ID to prove it.

Catholic liturgies for Holy Week to be streamed online

Here is the schedule of online liturgies to be livestreamed.

  Social Security recipients will automatically receive stimulus check

The Treasury announced in a reversal Wednesday, that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically receive the $1,200 payment.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft helps Mass. receive N95 masks with team plane

The New England Patriots are helping Massachusetts receive much-needed N95 masks to keep frontline workers safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

Study: Audiences will be slow to return after pandemic

Many Americans will be a little leery of going back to large concerts and sporting events following the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Howard Stern announces free access to SiriusXM

The popular SiriusXM host has announced that the service will be free for North American listeners through May 15.

  A record 10 million sought US jobless aid in past 2 weeks

The stunning report Thursday from the Labor Department showed that job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and abroad that have almost certainly sunk into a severe recession as businesses have shut down across the world.

  Need a job? Dozens of businesses currently hiring despite the virus

While many of our neighbors are out of a job, dozens of companies across southern Arizona are hiring despite the virus.

Billy Joel donates $500K to support NY health care workers

The recording artist says the Joel Foundation will donate $500,000 to purchase personal protective equipment for doctors, nurses and other health care professionals.

  Hobby Lobby in Colo. remains open despite stay-at-home order

One Hobby Lobby employee quit his job of seven years after his store remained open.

  Q&A: How to get aid for a small business hit by coronavirus crisis

Millions of small business owners will be turning to the government, seeking help for an individual and nationwide cataclysm, the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus outbreak.

  Trump resists national shutdown, leaving it up to states

Trump said Wednesday he wants to give governors' "flexibility" on whether a stay-at-home policy is the best option for their constituents but acknowledged that he's looking at limiting air and rail travel between hot spots within the United States.

Man accused of killing Nev. trooper was paranoid over coronavirus, court documents say

Police say the suspect fatally shot a Nevada Highway Patrol sergeant, who believed he was helping a motorist with a broken down car, then stole his uniform and squad car.

  Couple replaces wedding guests with cardboard cutouts due to coronavirus

Thanks to the cardboard cutouts, all the family and friends that aren’t able to attend the wedding in person because of COVID-19 can still fill the pews.

  Helping the homeless combat COVID-19

In a community with resources already stretched thin, finding shelter is easier said than done.

  Mo. doctor buys camper to live in to protect family from coronavirus

The doctor and her husband used money designated for a home extension to instead buy a camper to protect their family from COVID-19.