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Live updates: Information around Arizona, COVID-19 cases surpass 2,250

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This is a continuously updated link with the latest information, news and updates about the coronavirus and its impact in Arizona for the week starting March 30. (Previous live updates: March 23-29)

PHOENIX — Officials on Sunday reported the state was up to 2,269 coronavirus cases, an increase of 250 from the previous morning.

There are now 64 confirmed deaths from COVID-19 in the state, 12 more than the last report.

The Arizona Department of Health Services has been updating its coronavirus web page with the number of COVID-19 cases each morning.

Below is an updated list of known cases by county as reported by the state health department, followed by the latest developments from around the state, country and world:

Maricopa County — 1,326 cases

Pima County — 372 cases

Navajo County — 195 cases

Coconino County — 155 cases

Pinal County — 103 cases

Yavapai County — 45 cases

Apache County —  23 cases

Mohave County — 16 cases

Yuma County — 13 cases

Cochise County — 8 cases

Santa Cruz County — 4 cases

Gila County — 3 case

Graham County — 2 cases

La Paz County — 3 cases

Greenlee County – 1 case


Sunday, April 5

  • State officials reported 2,269 positive tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and 64 deaths on Sunday.
  • The Navajo Nation reached 354 positive tests for COVID-19, an increase of 33 cases since Saturday, and 14 confirmed deaths as of Sunday, according to the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center.

Saturday, April 4

  • Arizona surpassed 2,000 reported positive tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and 52 deaths.
  • The Governor’s Office announced Honeywell is expected to produce more than six million N95 masks for Arizona over the next year.
  • The Presidential Major Disaster Declaration requested by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was approved by President Donald Trump and will help the state get more support for the state’s coronavirus response.
  • Mohave County reported its first death due to COVID-19.

Friday, April 3

  • Gov. Doug Ducey announced additional guidance that will shut down salons, barber shops and other services that were initially deemed essential in a March executive order.
  • Santa Cruz County announced its fourth positive case of COVID-19. The individual had recently traveled to an area where community spread was present.
  • Mohave County announced additional positive tests and said its total was up to 12, with five in Lake Havasu City, two in Bullhead City and five in Kingman.
  • Arizona reported a surge of deaths from the coronavirus, with nine fatalities pushing the state total to 41. The state now has 1,769 reported positive tests for COVID-19, an increase of 171 from the previous morning. The total of tests given increased by 1,966 to 24,673.
  • A record-long streak of U.S. job growth ended suddenly in March after nearly a decade, as employers slashed hundreds of thousands of jobs because of the viral outbreak that has all but shut down the U.S. economy. The job loss of 701,000 reported by the government — the worst since the depths of the Great Recession in 2009 — is still just a small indication of what’s to come.

Thursday, April 2

  • Coconino County reported a total of 116 coronavirus cases and 8 deaths.
  • During a virtual coronavirus town hall, Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Department of Health Services Director Cara Christ were optimistic regarding Arizona’s healthcare preparedness to combat the virus. Ducey said the state currently has 1,500 ventilators and an order has been submitted for an additional 5,000.
  • Gov. Doug Ducey said during a virtual town hall that his guidelines regarding the designation of “essential” services could be modified as the coronavirus outbreak continues to unfold.
  • Gov. Doug Ducey announced an initiative called PRIMER: Supporting Arizonans In Need. This allows for Arizonans to earn dollar-for-dollar state tax credits when donating to those in need amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Although the deadline for filing and paying State and Federal income tax has been extended to July 15, the deadline for Arizonans to qualify for state income tax credit remains April 15.
  • U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced $188.4 million in grant funding to help Phoenix public transportation systems respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Glendale announced all park amenities including playgrounds, sports courts and dog parks will be closed indefinitely.
  • Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order to ease pharmacy regulations, allowing emergency refills of certain maintenance medications for 90-day supplies without a prescription.
  • Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and other state officials will hold an hourlong virtual town hall about COVID-19 starting at 6 p.m. Multiple local media outlets will broadcast the event, including KTAR News 92.3 FM.
  • Arizona State University announced that spring graduation ceremonies will be held virtually instead of in-person.
  • Arizona now has 1,598 reported cases of COVID-19, with 32 deaths from the disease caused by the coronavirus. That’s an increase of 185 cases and three deaths from the previous morning. The state reports 1,651 more tests were given, moving the total up to 22,707.
  • More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just one week earlier

Wednesday, April 1

  • The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry announced that there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among its 42,000 inmates. Of the 34 inmates that have been tested, 29 have received negative results while five remain pending.
  • Arizona State University sent an email to staff saying all classes during the summer sessions that begin May 18 will be taught remotely. A decision about summer classes that begin July 1 has yet to be made.
  • Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration from the White House to give the state more resources to deal with the impact the coronavirus.
  • U.S. Sen. Martha McSally suspended campaign fundrasing efforts to to devote her time to coronavirus aid, and she launched a “15 Days of Giving” campaign to benefit the Salvation Army in Arizona.
  • The Arizona health department reported 124 new cases of coronavirus and five additional deaths, pushing the state’s outbreak totals to 1,413 cases and 29 fatalities the morning after the governor’s “stay at home” order went into effect. State and private labs have given a total of 21,058 tests.
  • Ducey announced that veterinarians will be able to examine pets and animals using phone and video calls. Veterinarians are not allowed to charge more for a telemedicine visit than in-person.
  • Ducey’s office requested help for Arizona’s dairy farmers from the US Department of Agriculture. The Mexican Ministry of Health announced it was shutting down administrative operations last week. The exportation of dairy products produces more than $100 million in sales annually, according to the United Dairymen of Arizona.
  • Grand Canyon National Park closed Wednesday, the National Park Service announced.
  • The Apache Junction Parks and Recreation department announced that effective Thursday, more amenities including large tennis courts, the skatepark and some playgrounds will be closed. Parks remain open from sunrise to 10 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31

  • The city of Peoria announced the decision to close park amenities to slow the spread of COVID-19. The decision took immediate effect and includes park restrooms, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, dog parks, select sports fields, neighborhood park parking lots and any group play areas. The release also stated that reservations made at Ramada through April 30 have been canceled.
  • Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced that liquor licensing fees are being deferred by 90 days so businesses won’t lose their licenses for missing payments during the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • The Arizona governor’s office announced that the state has received 75 percent of its Strategic National Stockpile allocation, totaling more than 1.2 million medical supplies, including 532,500 surgical face masks and 181,260 N95 masks.
  • CNN’s Chris Cuomo announced that he has tested positive for the coronavirus but promised to continue doing his prime-time show from the basement of his home.
  • State officials reported 132 new COVID-19 cases and four more deaths Tuesday morning, bringing the total in Arizona to 1,289 and 24 deaths. The state said 19,371 tests have been given during the outbreak.

Monday, March 30

  • Gov. Doug Ducey issued a statewide stay-at-home order, mandating Arizona residents remain in their homes except for essential needs in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.
  • The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry said it will be temporarily suspending the admission of convicted persons from county jails for 21 days. There are currently no known cases of COVID-19 at ADCRR’s 16 prison complexes.
  • The City of Mesa announced the closure of all playgrounds and sports facilities at city parks. Open spaces, walking paths and trails will remain open from sunrise to 10 p.m. but physical distancing guidelines apply.
  • Nine Arizona mayors, including Phoenix’s Kate Gallego and Tucson’s Regina Romero, wrote a letter to Gov. Doug Ducey urging him to issue a shelter-in-place order as coronavirus cases and deaths in the state continue to rise.
  • Gov. Doug Ducey announced Monday an initial $6.7 million in funding to support Arizona food banks, nutrition programs and programs that serve the homeless amid the spread of COVID-19.
  • Gov. Doug Ducey announced an agreement with Arizona banks on Monday to suspend evictions and foreclosures for at least 60 days.
  • The Arizona Interscholastic Association announced Monday the cancellation of sports at all levels for the remainder of the school year in response to the coronavirus spread.
  • Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced the closures of Arizona schools through the remainder of the school amid the spread of COVID-19.
  • The Tokyo Olympics said Monday the opening ceremony will take place on July 23, 2021 — almost exactly one year after the games were due to start this year.
  • State officials reported 238 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths Monday morning, bringing the total in Arizona to 1,157 and 20 deaths.

For all articles, information and updates on the coronavirus from KTAR News, visit ktar.com/coronavirus.

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