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Arizona mayors call on Ducey to issue shelter-in-place order due to COVID-19

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PHOENIX — Mayors across Arizona on Monday called on Gov. Doug Ducey to issue a shelter-in-place order as coronavirus cases and deaths in the state continue to rise.

Nine Arizona mayors, including Phoenix’s Kate Gallego and Tucson’s Regina Romero, wrote a letter to Ducey urging the governor to take statewide action.

In the letter, the mayors said public health officials have already recommended Ducey issue a stay-at-home order.

“Arizona must not squander the opportunity to learn from the unfolding events in our sister states and immediately formalize a statewide stay-at-home order to ensure that we pursue every avenue to #flattenthecurve of this devastating pandemic,” the letter said.

More than half the states have issued a lockdown or shelter-in-place order as the United States remains the most infected country in the world.

Tucson’s Romero signed a proclamation on Friday ordering businesses not deemed essential to close, calling for a shutdown across the city through April 17.

Gallego and U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema have also been vocal supporters of more restrictive policies as Arizona continues to fight the outbreak.

Sinema on Monday tweeted that Arizona should join others and shut down.

State health officials on Monday said COVID-19 cases surpassed the 1,000 mark while the death toll reached 20.

“Throughout our state’s history, Arizonans have stepped up to help one another through difficult times,” the letter said. “We cannot emphasize enough that staying home is one of the best ways to continue that tradition.

“All Arizonans must help stop the spread by modeling social responsibility and caution for our communities.”


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