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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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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...

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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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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It takes a lot of innovation to take a full-sized symphony orchestra and present it on screen instead of onstage. That’s the reality for hundreds of ensembles across the world, including the Phoenix Symphony. Suzanne Wilson became the president and CEO of the Phoenix Symphony eight weeks before Arizona went into quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic. “One day, everything shifted,” she says. “You could feel the country shift.” That day in March, Wilson had to...

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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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Distance learning has now also become social distancing learning, as many of us who used to frequently enjoy attending university classes in auditoriums, mixology demos in packed bars and cozy educational salons in people’s homes are now attending mostly to the internet. Thankfully, cyberspace holds more knowledge for us, in the form of virtual classes. Arizona Humane Society Virtual Classes and Kits All in-person dog training classes at the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) have been...

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Musically Fed’s mission is simple – to feed the hungry. The Scottsdale-based nonprofit works with musicians, promoters and venues to donate excess tour and backstage catering to the food insecure, homeless and veteran community. Musically Fed’s work is personal for its founder, Maria Brunner, whose late husband was a Vietnam vet. “When he passed away, it became very evident that we should all know more about our vets,” Brunner says. “I felt that in the...

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With performances put on hold, Arizona Broadway Theatre sough to find ways to attract its audiences in other ways. In response, it recently launched a crafting series led by the theater’s prop master, Mary Rooney. Each virtual class, hosted on ABT’s Facebook page every Monday at 3 p.m., features a fun and easy project that can be produced with simple items from around the house. The class, dubbed Makers Mondays, is part of a larger...

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Phoenix comediennes Marlene Strang and Leanne Schmidt have been performing together as The Ladies, a zany pair of moms that poke fun at life’s most routine moments, since 2016. “We use live performance in unexpected places to create these entertaining and social experiences for people to kind of come along and commiserate about life,” Schmidt says. The Ladies had a show scheduled for May, but the pandemic threw a wrench in their plans. “It was...

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