PHOENIX – Two new reports suggest that Arizonans will be among the least likely to get immunized against COVID-19 once a vaccine becomes available.

PHOENIX – A little-noticed provision in a court ruling this week on bars and alcohol sales could end up curtailing business at some restaurants and force them to close.

Yuma County’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases here is 11,854, according to the county’s Aug. 15 update, and there have been 297 deaths. There were 64 new cases reported.

Sunset Health, in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Health Services, is holding a drive-thru testing blitz on Saturday. Testing will take place from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the clinic located at 675 S. Avenue B.

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Yuma County’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases here is 8,310, according to the county’s July 12 update, and there have been 145 deaths. There were 162 new cases reported.

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Yuma County’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases here is 7,613, according to the county’s July 7 update, and there have been 120 deaths. There were 168 new cases reported.

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The Supreme Court of Arizona has issued several administrative orders since March 18 in response to the COVID-19 public health threat that limited and modified court operations throughout the state that are intended to keep staff and patrons safe from exposure to the virus.

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An employee from the Yuma County Intergovernmental Transportation Authority (YCIPTA) has been confirmed positive for COVID-19, the agency announced in a news release Tuesday. While it’s unclear whether the individual — whose last day of work was June 12 — was exposed while on the job, manage…

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PHOENIX — Conceding he made a mistake in allowing them to reopen, Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday shuttered all bars in the state for at least the next 30 days.

SOMERTON — This city figures to receive $1.9 million in federal funds to mitigate the financial fallout from the pandemic.

From hosting painting classes and live performances to providing a venue for art exhibitions, meetings and special events, Littlewood Fine Art & Community Co-Op has served as a cultural center for the community over the last three years.

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In response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases, Yuma Regional Medical Center has initiated Tier 3 of its pandemic plan, bringing added staffing support from areas throughout the organization.

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Crane School District reported Friday that two additional district employees — one from the district’s maintenance department and one from the district’s warehouse — have been confirmed positive for COVID-19.

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With a 5-2 vote, the Yuma City Council agreed to amend the March emergency proclamation to add a requirement for the use of face coverings within city public places. The mask mandate became effective at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

Yuma County residents have another drive-thru opportunity to be tested for COVID-19 on Saturday as part of the state’s testing blitz.

Yuma County and Somerton have joined San Luis in mandating the use of masks, while Wellton issued a proclamation “recommending” the use of masks.

Starting Monday, all Yuma County Area Transit (YCAT) and YCAT OnCall passengers will be required to wear a face mask or another type of facial covering while on board. Passengers without a mask will not be allowed to board.

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PHOENIX — In an abrupt about-face, Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday agreed to give city, town and county officials the power to enact and enforce requirements for people to wear face masks.

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Yuma County’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases here is 3,404, according to the county’s June 15 update, and there have been 51 deaths. There were 125 new cases reported.

Summer school is in session at Aztec High School, affording enrolled students an opportunity to recover some class credits and, this year, a crash course in the “nuts and bolts” of blended learning.

Taking to heart the popular Mister Rogers quote to “look for the helpers” in frightening times, local Rotarians have looked within, typifying the traits of helpers in their own communities to provide some relief from the effects of COVID-19.

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Yuma is extending the expiration date of most permits to help developers and those in the construction and real estate industries as they struggle with difficulties related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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On June 1, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) released a 40-page “roadmap” offering guidance to public school districts as they plan and prepare to reopen their classroom doors this fall. With such recommendations as keeping social distancing intact through modified layouts, Yuma Coun…

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A second employee of the Yuma County Area Transit (YCAT) has tested positive for COVID-19, the transportation agency confirmed Friday.

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Local leaders have banded together in a call to action urging all Yuma County residents to strictly follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19 in the county.

Yuma County residents will have two drive-thru opportunities to be tested for COVID-19 on Saturday as part of the state’s testing blitz.

SAN LUIS, Ariz. – As a police officer here recovers from COVID-19 this week, another first responder in the city has tested positive for the coronavirus.

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SOMERTON – Two Somerton city employees are off work recovering after having tested positive for COVID-19, the city administrator said.

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Crane School District announced on Tuesday that a third positive case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in the district. The individual is an employee of the nutrition services department; the individual’s last day of work was May 26, according to a press release from the district.

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PHOENIX – The number of Arizonans hospitalized with positive or suspected cases of COVID-19 surged to 1,009 on Monday, raising questions from the state’s former health chief about whether Gov. Doug Ducey should have abandoned his stay-at-home order.

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Doctors at Yuma Regional Medical Center are testing a possible treatment for COVID-19 called convalescent plasma, which could deliver antibodies and counteract the severity of the virus.

Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area was gearing up to reopen the Colorado River State Historic Park and Yuma Territorial Prison today, but due to the daily high numbers of COVID-19 positive cases, it has delayed the reopenings.

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Yuma County’s total number of positive COVID-19 cases here is 1,078, according to the county’s May 30 update, and there have been 16 deaths. There were 96 new cases reported.

In a press release on Friday, Crane School District announced that a second district employee has tested positive for COVID-19. The first was reported by the district May 22.

Yuma Regional Medical Center transferred a dozen COVID-19 patients to other hospitals, but officials say that it’s not because the hospital reached full capacity. Rather, officials said, the move is meant to keep more beds open in case of a “significant surge” in COVID-19 patients.

Blitz testing for COVID-19 will continue on Saturday with a drive-thru event in Yuma. Sunset Health, in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Health Services and Sonora West Laboratories, will offer drive-thru testing from 8 a.m. to noon at the Sunset clinic located at 675 S. Avenue B.

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SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Son. – An image posted on City Hall’s Facebook page shows the bottoms of a pair of bare feet. Dangling from a toe is a tag that says “COVID-19.”

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Editor’s Note: In honor of EMS Week, the Yuma Fire Department released a series of information and tips about safety. This story on injury prevention for seniors is one in that series.

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As the number of positive COVID-19 cases continues to climb in Yuma County, with Saturday’s reported 41 new cases bringing the area’s overall total to 645, Yuma Regional Medical Center says its care team is prepared and ready to care for the community.

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In a recent New York Times article projecting areas in which COVID-19 could “flare up next,” Yuma ranks No. 2 for the nation’s potential hot spots, reportedly marked by an 8% average daily growth rate and a doubling of cases every 9.2 days.

Blitz testing for COVID-19 continues this Saturday with a drive-thru event in Wellton. The Regional Center for Border Health, in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Health Services, will offer the drive-thru testing from 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of the Wellton Elementary Sc…

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Great Beginnings Preschool is closed until further notice as Crane School District received notice Friday that an employee of the preschool tested positive for COVID-19. According to a press release from the district, the individual has not worked on the school’s campus since May 14 and is c…

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Editor’s note: This story is one in an ongoing series celebrating Yuma’s everyday heroes and their contribution to the community’s greater good. To submit a Hometown Hero, send in an email to news@yumasun.com. 

In a recent campus news release, Arizona Western College announced that, through the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security) Act Relief Grant, spring semester students enrolled in for-credit classes can expect to receive a sum of stimulus funds either by mail or directly into t…

PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey is telling business owners that their ability to remain open – and the future of the Arizona economy – is going to depend on how well they follow the voluntary protocols designed to prevent another outbreak of COVID-19.

DEAR SAVVY SENIOR — Can you recommend some good grocery and/or meal service delivery options for seniors? My 78-year-old mother has always shopped for herself, but since the coronavirus pandemic hit the grocery store, shelves are always half empty, and she’s getting more fearful of leaving t…

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Healthcare facilities in Yuma County will continue the testing blitz for COVID-19 on Saturday. Following are the sites that will offer drive-thru testing:

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While COVID-19 has spurred an extensive series of changes in Yuma Regional Medical Center’s everyday policies and practices, staff in the labor and delivery unit are striving to keep things running as close to normal as possible.

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The Arizona State Prison Complex Yuma, which is located east of the city of San Luis, now has the second highest number of inmates who have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Arizona Department of Corrections is reporting.

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Another favorite Yuma restaurant announced that an employee tested positive for COVID-19, but the eatery feels confident enough in its sanitizing process that it will not be closing.

When Erica Espinoza gets home from work, she has to keep her three daughters away from her. She’s a nurse who works in the Emergency Department of Yuma Regional Medical Center.

Yuma Sector Border Patrol has been providing personal protective equipment (PPE) for its employees and detainees, although they’re keeping few people in their facility while the COVID-19 pandemic goes on.

The warm weather has finally arrived! One hundred degree days and cool nights should have the melons, wheat, cotton and Sudan grass growing happily. What an amazing time we are all living through. Decisions are being made on a daily basis depending on the latest information rather than follo…

United Way of Yuma County announced $856,460 in Federal Emergency Management Agency funds through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program to provide critical resources for Yuma County’s most vulnerable population.

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Yuma County on Thursday reported the COVID-19-related death of a child from the area. It is the first pediatric death in connection with the coronavirus in Arizona. The child had multiple serious underlying medical conditions, according to a county press release.

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The Arizona State Prison Complex Yuma is one of the facilities with no confirmed cases of COVID-19, but corrections officers there are being asked to volunteer to work their days off at Florence/Eyman, which has 47 positive cases of the coronavirus among inmates and staff.

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The coronavirus pandemic has hurt businesses throughout Yuma County, and the executive director of Visit Yuma notes it’s also changing the way people spend their time and money. Now, Visit Yuma is hoping some of those changes might one day benefit the region.

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They had a window between them but the sight of her daughter through the glass brought joy and comfort to Cynthia Molphy Marshall’s mother as she convalesced at Yuma Rehabilitation Hospital after a serious illness.

SAN LUIS, Ariz. — Residents here won’t have to worry about losing water service if a job or wage losses resulting from the COVID-19 prevents them from paying their bills to the city.

PHOENIX — Saying he’s seeing some positive trends, Gov. Doug Ducey agreed Monday to loosen the reins a little bit more on the state’s economy.

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To enhance public participation in Yuma City Council meetings while public health restrictions remain in place, the city is testing a pilot program for residents this Wednesday. Citizens will be able to join the meeting using the conferencing software service Zoom using a computer or telephone. 

SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Son. — An order suspending city-sponsored public events has been extended through the end of the year, as part of measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 and to help families struggling financially as a result of the pandemic.

SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Son. — An order suspending city-sponsored public events has been extended through the end of the year, as part of measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 and to help families struggling financially as a result of the pandemic.

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As the tragic impact of the COVID-19 on New York City continues to dominate the news, a former Yuman is on the frontline as a physician in the Emergency Department of one of the area’s hospitals.

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As Yuma Regional Medical Center responds to the health needs of the community from the “frontlines” of the COVID-19 pandemic, donations have come pouring in from all sorts of people and places to equip staff with necessary protection.

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Carla Scmidt Hernandez said she needs a haircut. Connie Whitener, pointing to her hair, said it’s time for a perm. They made their wishes known with the signs they held during a rally held Friday on 4th Avenue, near 24th Street.

Yuma Regional Medical Center and Sunset Health are joining the “blitz” COVID-19 testing effort announced by Gov. Doug Ducey.

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COVID-19 is such a new disease that experts still have much to learn about how it spreads. A lot of the confusion among the general public centers on testing and, in particular, who may need testing and how to get tested.

Sunset Health is joining the “Arizona Testing Blitz” announced by Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday with drive-thru testing for COVID-19 in Yuma, Somerton, and San Luis, Arizona.

PHOENIX — A move by the University of Arizona to test 250,000 Arizonans for COVID-19 antibodies comes as scientists are still debating how much protection against future infection a positive result means — and, more to the point, for how long.

Due to climbing temperatures, Crane School District and Yuma School District One have modified the hours of their grab-and-go meal programs in order to beat the heat.

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PHOENIX – Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday announced a “blitz’’ to test up to 60,000 Arizonans in the next three weekends to better determine how many Arizonans are infected with COVID-19.

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SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Son. – In less that a month, this city has recorded more that 100 confirmed cases of COVID-19, accounting for more than half of all cases in Sonora, the state health director said.

While students, staff and faculty are encouraged to stay home, Arizona Western College is encouraging the campus community to stay connected with the health and wellness department to combat stress and anxiety.

The Yuma County Chamber of Commerce will present the next discussion in its virtual Lunch & Learn series at 11 a.m. on Wednesday.

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Yuma Regional Medical Center confirmed on Friday the first positive cases of COVID-19 among staff members. This week’s lab results confirmed that three employees have tested positive for the virus.

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SOMERTON -- Tenants of public housing in south Yuma County will get financial relief from the U.S. Department of Housing to help them weather economic difficulties resulting from the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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The University of Arizona and Yuma County announced that a shipment of 700 sample collection test kits will arrive in Yuma on Wednesday. The sample collection kits are the same as the “test kits” that were delivered last week.

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The signs are popping up everywhere in Yuma. They remind residents that “We Will Get Through This Together #YumaStrong.”

PHOENIX -- Legislative leaders are planning to pull the plug on the 2020 session with the intent of not coming back to the Capitol to deal with outstanding financial and policy issues until next January.

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Yuma’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program, approved April 15 by the City Council, is now accepting applications. The form can be found at https://bit.ly/3buDh8H.

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As “leaders in learning,” Crane School District’s mission is to foster a community of change-makers through innovative problem-solving; and since COVID-19 shook up the world, Crane has been doing exactly that.

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PHOENIX — Hundreds of protesters gathered at the Capitol Monday — virtually none wearing masks — to object to orders by Gov. Doug Ducey requiring people to stay at home and closing what he says are non-essential businesses.

To enforce the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s directives for social gatherings, the Crane School District governing board conducted its April meeting via Vimeo (a video streaming platform) Tuesday evening.

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PHOENIX — Nearly 420,000 Arizonans have lost their jobs so far due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the shutdown of non-essential businesses and stay-at-home orders by Gov. Doug Ducey.

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US Customs and Border Protection announced Friday via Twitter that the San Luis Port of Entry will limit southbound travel through to the San Luis Port of Entry starting Monday. This is in response to Mexican Customs officials, or SAT, announcing the same change to their side of the port on …

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