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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey urges understanding as April bills come due

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, R, serves meals to school children Thursday, March 19, 2020, outside Sunset Elementary School in Phoenix. With all state schools shut down due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, many districts are continuing their distribution of breakfast and lunch curbside to kids 18 and under. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday urged Arizonans to be understanding and reasonable as individuals and businesses face April 1 due dates for bills such as mortgages, rent, utilities and internet service.

“The world has changed since March 1″ and that bills previously paid routinely “are now a struggle for many people and small businesses,” Ducey posted on Twitter.

Ducey said he expects that no family, individual or business should face eviction or lose critical services because of hardships caused by the coronavirus.

“It’s basic decency,” he said.

Ducey said people and businesses should pay their bills if they can afford to do so and that people who can’t should talk to their landlords or lenders.

“I expect them to work with you; to be good citizens; and to treat people and small businesses with dignity — not lock them out or kick them to the curb,” he said.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

Arizona on Wednesday reported 1,413 coronavirus cases and 29 deaths, up from 1,289 cases and 24 deaths as of Tuesday.

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