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Arizona nursing home has 27 cases of coronavirus

CLOSE A Tucson nursing home has confirmed that 24 of its residents and three employees have tested positive for COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.  Sapphire of Tucson Nursing and Rehabilitation said in a statement Monday that officials at the 180-resident facility contacted the Pima County Health Department when the first patient showed symptoms of […]

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2 dozen cases of COVID-19 are reported at one Tucson nursing home

A patient sits outside while waiting for nurses at Sapphire of Tucson Nursing and Rehabilitation, 2900 E. Milber St., in Tucson, on March 30, 2020. Rebecca Sasnett / Arizona Daily Star Scott Franklin didn’t have a chance to say goodbye to his dad. Within hours of finding out he had been transferred to the hospital […]

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Coronavirus: Tucson Schools Loan Laptops, Release Paper Lessons

TUCSON, AZ — Tucson students can resume their education, as the Tucson Unified School District is distributing loaner laptops starting Monday and handing out paper lessons beginning Tuesday. Paper lessons for grades K-12 are available for all, but are not necessary for those with a computer and internet connectivity. All work can be done online. […]

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Southern Arizona school districts react to statewide school closure decision

MARANA, Ariz. – Hours after the statewide decision on Monday to close schools for the remainder of the year, News 4 Tucson spoke with Butterfield Elementary President Josh Bayne.  Bayne has led Butterfield Elementary in the Marana Unified School District for four years.  “This is just a building,” Bayne said. “The best part of it is everyone […]

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Coronavirus: 27 Positive Cases At Tucson Nursing Facility

TUCSON, AZ — A nursing and rehabilitation facility in Tucson has reported dozens of cases of the new coronavirus. Sapphire of Tucson Nursing and Rehab has recorded 24 cases of coronavirus among patients and three among staff, a statement from the facility says. Sapphire notified the Pima County health department as soon as they noticed […]

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Arizona governor issues stay-at-home order effective Tuesday

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Doug Ducey on Monday imposed a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the new coronavirus that will take effect at the close of business on Tuesday. But he said grocery stores, pharmacies and other essential services will remain open, restaurants will continue takeout service and the order doesn’t prevent people […]

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March Madness memories: Arizona Wildcats won it all, dominated a semifinal contest on this date

The Arizona team celebrates with the trophy after they beat Kentucky 84-79 in overtime to win the national championship at the NCAA Final Four Monday, March 31, 1997, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke) Copyright 1996 The Arizona Daily Star Organization:NCAA:National Collegiate Athletic Association; Event:Celebration; PLS:Basketball; UA team shows off the trophy/after the winning over Kentucky […]

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Q&A: Arizona futurist says prepare for a new normal after coronavirus pandemic

Brian David Johnson is a futurist at Arizona State University’s Center for Science and Imagination. He attempts to systematically explore possibilities about the future. Courtesy of Brian David Johnson As the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause global uncertainty, many people are wondering about the future and how the world might change. According to Brian David […]

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After Grassroots Uprising, AZ Governor Issues Stay-At-Home Order To Prevent Spread Of COVID-19

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, center, with Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara … [+] Christ, left, and Michael T. McGuire, Adjutant General for Arizona, and Director of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs. ASSOCIATED PRESS Gov. Doug Ducey Monday capitulated to a mounting grassroots effort by Arizona citizens demanding that he issue […]

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