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Our story center for coronavirus coverage, from news features to ideas about supporting local business and responsibly enjoying the Valley.
Valley Coronavirus Update: August 11

August 11, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: August 11

Case Count Surpasses 188,000 With 1,213 new cases reported today, August 11, Arizona’s total COVID-19 case count has risen to 188,737, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Cases have risen by 4.6 percent since last Tuesday, August 4. Death Toll at 4,199 The ADHS reported 45 new COVID-19 deaths today, bringing the total to 4,199. People aged 65 and older continue to remain the most affected, at 71.7 percent of total deaths. Testing...

A big part of our mandate at PHOENIX is to celebrate the good works of the people and institutions that populate the Valley of Sun – and as our community navigates the coronavirus crisis, we want you, the reader, to remain close to them. So we created this page as a story center for our COVID-19 coverage, from news profiles to ideas about supporting local business and responsibly enjoying the Valley. Because we’ll find our way through this storm, together.

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5 Virtual Animal Encounters to Give You Warm Fuzzies

August 11, 20205 Virtual Animal Encounters to Give You Warm Fuzzies

Summertime at the zoo might be a distant memory for many people right now, but wildlife parks, aquariums and zoos around Arizona still have staff on site caring for the animals – and plenty of animals on virtual display. Here are five animal encounters you can enjoy from anywhere. Zoom with Phoenix Zoo Animals Why bother with such pedestrian meeting distractions as cats running across keyboards or children jumping on furniture when you can have…
Coronavirus Chronicles: How Unlimited Potential is Providing Crucial Programs to the Community

August 5, 2020Coronavirus Chronicles: How Unlimited Potential is Providing Crucial Programs to the Community

Local nonprofit Unlimited Potential focuses on empowering low-income families in South Phoenix through education initiatives. The pandemic put its in-person programming on hold, but it pivoted by continuing classes online and providing food from community gardens and local farms to families in need. “Unlimited Potential ignites unity, pride and dignity through education and advocacy,” board treasurer Joan Brunner explains. Since 1985, Unlimited Potential has addressed the needs of underserved populations. It focuses on the whole…
How to Maintain Your Car’s Hygiene During COVID-19

August 5, 2020How to Maintain Your Car’s Hygiene During COVID-19

If you have cleaned your car since the pandemic started, you may be ahead of the curve. According to an Expedia group study, one third of Americans only clean their car once a year and 12 percent don’t clean it at all. It doesn’t take a pandemic to threaten hygiene in your car, though. In fact, the National Center for Biotechnology Information released a study which found that steering wheels can be four times dirtier…
Valley Coronavirus Update: August 4

August 4, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: August 4

Case Count Surpasses 180,000 With 1,008 new cases reported today, August 4, Arizona’s total COVID-19 case count has risen to 180,505, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. This is an 8.8 percent increase in cases since last Tuesday. Death Toll at 3,845 The ADHS reported 66 new COVID-19 deaths today, bringing the total to 3,845. Nearly 450 deaths have been reported since last week. People aged 65 and older remain the most affected,…
5 Virtual Film Screenings and Events

August 3, 20205 Virtual Film Screenings and Events

Valley movie theaters are still shuttered, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still catch some cool indie cinema screenings. Here are five virtual film screenings and events from local organizations that should help keep your celluloid dreams alive. Helmut Newton: The Bad and the Beautiful No Festival Required presents this documentary about famous photographer Helmut Newton, whose work exploring the female form gave him a cult star status that endures long after his death in…
Here’s How Restaurateur Christopher Collins is Coping with COVID-19

August 3, 2020Here’s How Restaurateur Christopher Collins is Coping with COVID-19

More than four months into the pandemic, many Valley restaurants are struggling. Between state-mandated regulations limiting the number of people they can serve in-house and a very frightened public, some local restaurant owners have safely divided up their dining rooms and/or turned to enhanced takeout options with contactless curbside pickup. We recently caught up with Christopher Collins of Common Ground Culinary, who owns local favorites Grassroots, Twisted Grove Parlor & Bar, Wally’s, Sweet Provisions, The…
5 Safe Things to Do This Weekend

July 31, 20205 Safe Things to Do This Weekend

With the suspension of large events and our favorite Valley venues shut down until further notice, it’s time to get creative when it comes to things to do. Here are five things to do in the Phoenix area this weekend – while still abiding by CDC guidelines. 1. Wander around Wonderspaces. This immersive art installation features 13 new artworks never before seen in Arizona, including a dragon made out of tea bags and a sewing…
Valley Coronavirus Update: July 28

July 28, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: July 28

Case Count Surpasses 165,000 As of today, July 28, the Arizona Department of Health Services reports a total case count of 165,934, an 11.6 percent increase since last Tuesday. The ADHS reported 2,107 new cases today, and numbers show that Maricopa County remains the county with the highest reported COVID-19 cases in the state, at a total of 111,446. Death Toll at 3,408 With 104 COVID-19 deaths reported today, Arizona’s death toll has reached 3,408….
4 Virtual Fundraisers for Feel-Good Nights

July 28, 20204 Virtual Fundraisers for Feel-Good Nights

All that Glitters/Waves of Change Gala This year, the Epilepsy Foundation of Arizona’s annual fundraiser gala will take place online but aims to offer all the fun of the popular “live action” event. Guests are encouraged to dress up for the affair, which includes some seriously sweet raffle packages including his and hers TagHeuer watches and a wine cellar starter kit. Among the live auction items up for grabs: a five-night stay with daily poolside…
Valley Coronavirus Update: July 21

July 21, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: July 21

Case Count Nears 150,000 With an addition of 3,500 new cases reported today, July 21, Arizona’s total reported COVID-19 case count has risen to 148,683. This is a 16 percent increase since last Tuesday, July 14. The Arizona Department of Health Services’ Data Dashboard also shows that with 98,988 total reported cases, Maricopa County has the highest number in the state – 67 percent of the total. Death Toll Nears 3,000 With 581 new deaths…
4 More Places to Catch Virtual Concerts

July 21, 20204 More Places to Catch Virtual Concerts

Last month, The Phix told you about a handful of ways to see live music virtually while venues around the Valley are shuttered. Since most places remain closed for now, here are four more digital avenues for your “live” music fix. CCA Anywhere Family Series Chandler Center for the Arts’ family-friendly music series features live performances by such artists as Latin Grammy-nominated Sonia De Los Santos (performing Saturday, July 25), who plays children’s music on guitar…
Valley Coronavirus Update: July 14

July 14, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: July 14

Case Count Surpasses 128,000 With 4,273 cases reported today, Arizona’s total reported COVID-19 cases are at 128,097, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. This is a 22 percent increase in reported cases since last Tuesday, July 7. The ADHS Data Dashboard shows that Maricopa County makes up 65.8 percent of Arizona’s reported cases. Death Toll at 2,337 The ADHS also reports that as of today, July 14, Arizona’s COVID-19 death toll has reached…
5 Virtual Museum Visits to Make Now

July 13, 20205 Virtual Museum Visits to Make Now

Nothing quite matches the sensory experience of walking through a museum, but a handful of local institutions offer online tours that come close, thanks to 3D imaging, photos and videos. Here are five Arizona museums you can explore from anywhere. Phoenix Art Museum The Phoenix Art Museum remains closed until further notice, but you can still explore the institution’s collections virtually and participate in events like The Whole Story: Part XII, a live storytelling show…
From Vacation to Staycation: How Airbnb is Catering to Life in Quarantine

July 9, 2020From Vacation to Staycation: How Airbnb is Catering to Life in Quarantine

Changes in travel industries due to COVID-19 are visible across the country – including Phoenix. One widespread business in local’s backyards faced a questionable future: Airbnb. However, despite travel restrictions and a crescendo of concern from authorities, visitors kept coming. Even though Airbnb has taken a financial hit from coronavirus, many are still in demand and are appealing to visitors in a different way. Alessandro Rugge is a local co-host and has witnessed the changes…
6 Virtual Exercise Programs to Stay in Shape

July 8, 20206 Virtual Exercise Programs to Stay in Shape

Since Governor Doug Ducey ordered all gyms to close (again) through the end of July, home workouts are back in the quarantine circuit. Here are half a dozen regimens from local fitness gurus that can help make you stronger, faster and maybe even saner. BODI Nike Master Trainer Nikki Metzger was named Women’s Health magazine’s “Next Fitness Star” in 2015. After running a successful group fitness gym in Chicago, she followed her exercise entrepreneur dream…
Valley Coronavirus Update: July 7

July 7, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: July 7

Case Count Surpasses 100,000 This week, Arizona’s COVID-19 case count surpassed 100,000. At 105,094 total reported cases as of today, July 7, Arizona has seen a 422 percent increase in cases since June 1. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, 3,653 new cases were reported today, and Maricopa County remains the county with the most reported cases. Death Toll Nears 2,000 The ADHS reported 117 new COVID-19 deaths today, bringing the total to…
Maricopa County Mask Mandate: What You Need to Know

July 7, 2020Maricopa County Mask Mandate: What You Need to Know

On June 17, Governor Doug Ducey gave local leaders throughout Arizona the authority to require face masks in public, which led several cities throughout the state, including Phoenix, to immediately implement a mask mandate. The order followed a record-breaking week of positive coronavirus cases in Arizona, which now has one of the largest cases per capita in the country. What exactly does a rule requiring face masks entail and what can happen if you don’t…
Pomchies Pivots During Pandemic by Making Masks

July 7, 2020Pomchies Pivots During Pandemic by Making Masks

Since 2002, Paradise Valley-based Pomchies owner Heather Clark has been combining function and fashion through her whimsical accessories made out of upcycled materials. She started by making scrunchies, headbands, lanyards and luggage tags out of fabric scraps from her former swimwear line. “Two years ago, we started using a fabric that was made out of recycled water bottles for some of our products because sustainability is ingrained [in the company],” Clark says. In March, she…
Valley Coronavirus Update: June 30

June 30, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: June 30

Case Count Nears 80,000 With 4,682 new cases reported today, June 30, Arizona’s COVID-19 case count is at 79,215, as reported by the Arizona Department of Health Services. This is a 36.2 percent increase in cases reported since last Tuesday, June 23. As of yesterday, June 29, the ADHS reports that 86 percent of adult ICU beds and 85 percent of inpatient beds at Arizona hospitals are currently in use. Death Toll Surpasses 1,600 The…
Cheers to these Three Virtual Happy Hours

June 30, 2020Cheers to these Three Virtual Happy Hours

Here is a trio of regular virtual happy hours that offer camaraderie, entertainment and an alcoholic education by some of the best bartenders in town – and you don’t even have to get up. Marshall Shore’s History Happy Hours “Arizona’s Hip Historian,” Marshall Shore, hosts this weekly happy hour filled with fun Arizona history trivia, tidbits from the state’s past, a view from the “Hist-O-Cam,” lively conversations with guests such as Valley drag performance legend…
From the Kitchen to the Canvas: A Local Charity Collaboration

June 30, 2020From the Kitchen to the Canvas: A Local Charity Collaboration

Paradise Valley creator Shanna Israel considers herself somewhat of an artistic chameleon. She blends into each of her pieces to let the story behind them converse with the audience. “You’ll never know that my pieces come from the same person,” Israel says. One recurring theme is impossible to squander in all her artwork, though – the purpose behind it. Israel often collaborates with other people in the Phoenix community to produce story-based art and raise…
Statewide Documentary Spotlights Small Businesses

June 29, 2020Statewide Documentary Spotlights Small Businesses

While the coronavirus outbreak created a cloud of doom and gloom around life as we know it, a local production company saw a silver lining – a sense of strength and solidarity in the small business community. Amoroma Productions, a video business based in Chandler, saw an opportunity to share the perseverance of the state’s small businesses and how they’ve adapted amid the pandemic. The company began reaching out to community leaders and companies in…
Valley Coronavirus Update: June 23

June 23, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: June 23

Coronavirus Case Count Pass 58,000 With 3,591 new cases reported today by the Arizona Department of Health Services, Arizona’s COVID-19 case count has risen to 58,179. This is a 48.8 percent increase in reported cases since last Tuesday, June 16. Maricopa County remains the county with the most reported cases of the state, at 33,883, or 58.2 percent of the total. Death Toll Reaches 1,384 The ADHS reported 42 new deaths today, June 23, raising…
Rock On with Virtual Live Concerts

June 22, 2020Rock On with Virtual Live Concerts

So, all your favorite summer music festivals got canceled and artists scrapped their tours. You still can’t stand shoulder-to-shoulder in a crowded club while bobbing your head along to live music in unison with tons of other people. That doesn’t mean this has to be the Summer of No Fun. Here’s a trio of live and local concerts you can stream into the comfort of your own living room or bedroom, plus one on-site, drive-in…
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