Alyssa Fuentes, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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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...

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Though it began as a hobby, upcycling used wine barrels has become a business for artist Jim Daut. The owner and sole designer of JSD Barrel and Wood Creations in Chandler, Daut has been creating home decorations out of wine barrels for eight years. It all began when he visited Napa Valley and discovered a market for home goods made out of recycled wine barrels. When he got home, he ordered some barrels and turned...

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Explore some of Sedona’s new and exciting developments this summer. visitsedona.com Trail House at Enchantment Trail House at Enchantment Resort will highlight outdoor activities and offer a gathering space for visitors. With coordinated bike rides and hikes available through the resort, the Trail House offers information and resources for those looking to connect with nature. Enchantment Resort closed due to COVID-19, but re-opened in May with new sanitary policies and guidelines. Trail House will be...

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Faly Rakotohavana is on a roll. With a new Disney+ movie coming out this fall, the 17-year-old Madagascar-born actor – and former Phoenix resident – took the time to talk to us about his inspirations, his goals and what to expect with his upcoming role. Start in Acting Rakotohavana always dreamed of being an actor – “pretty much as long as I can remember,” he says. Growing up in Madagascar, he watched television and envisioned...

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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,...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Stay safe this holiday weekend with these socially distant experiences. DRIVE IN  Freedom Fest 2020 at the Princess – Reimagined The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is hosting its 2020 Fourth of July Freedom Fest this year in compliance with new social distancing guidelines. Guests will be able to participate in the Fairmont fishing derbies from 8-10 a.m. on July 4, for $10 per person. The hotel will also host an airshow at 4:45 p.m. with over...

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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...

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According to a 2019 Pew Research study, 20 percent of U.S. adults listen to audiobooks. “It’s the fastest growing form of book enjoyment today,” says Dave Pratt, owner of STAR Worldwide Networks, a Scottsdale-based media production company. With over 40 years of experience hosting radio shows, TV shows and podcasts, Pratt – also known as “The Morning Mayor” – started his company in 2009 and started producing audiobooks shortly after that. According to Pratt, audiobooks...

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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...

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Coronavirus Case Count Exceeds 40,000 With 1,827 new COVID-19 cases reported today by the Arizona Department of Health Services, the total number of cases in Arizona has risen to 40,924. The total case number has risen by 38 percent since last Tuesday. Maricopa County remains the county with the highest reported cases, at 22,272. Death Toll Surpasses 1,200 Arizona’s total COVID-19 deaths have reached 1,827, with 20 reported today. Three quarters of these deaths are...

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Next week, Hulu is releasing a series hosted by Top Chef’s Padma Lakshmi, about the search for true American food. Taste the Nation follows Lakshmi as she travels across the country to learn about different styles of American cooking, with a focus on immigrant and indigenous cultures and foods. Lakshmi says, in the official trailer, that “everything that the American cuisine is today is because all these different people and different cultures contributed to it.”...

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