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Arizona reported only 625 additional cases of the coronavirus on Monday, a day after the state saw its most cases recorded in a single day since the pandemic began.

The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center received a spike of calls this month regarding hospitalizations in Northern Arizona due toxic alcohols, possibly in contaminated hand sanitizer. The University of Arizona says the calls came from Navajo and Apache counties and involved methanol, a type of alcohol not meant for consumption and not normally found in hand sanitizer. It’s believed the source may be contaminated or homemade hand sanitizers circulating in the affected communities. 

The Navajo Nation tribal government is opposing the State of New Mexico’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit centering on public education. The lawsuit Yazzie/Martinez v. the State of New Mexico alleges New Mexico failed to provide a sufficient education for at-risk students including Native Americans.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Arizona is one of two dozen U.S. states where coronavirus cases have been on the rise for the past week. Governor Doug Ducey points to increased testing as the cause, but local health experts say hospitalizations are increasing, too. In KNAU’s weekly update on the science of COVID-19, Melissa Sevigny speaks with University of Arizona epidemiologist Dr. Purnima Madhivanan about what’s driving those numbers, who it’s affecting, and why.

Melissa Sevigny

Tenured faculty once made up the majority of teachers at American universities. But over the last several decades, non-tenure-track jobs have been on the rise. Universities have come to rely heavily on a group of teachers called “lecturers” who work on short term contracts, and have much lower salaries than tenured professors. They often teach large lectures of freshmen and help young students navigate college life far beyond the classroom. But their positions are vulnerable, as the coronavirus pandemic made clear when universities began to cut budgets drastically. KNAU’s Melissa Sevigny reports on more than 100 of those job losses at Northern Arizona University.