ARIZONA NEWS

US Senate candidate Mark Kelly agrees Arizona has coronavirus emergency

Apr 2, 2020, 11:25 AM | Updated: Apr 6, 2020, 9:43 am
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)...
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

PHOENIX – The state he hopes to represent in the U.S. Senate has been doing a good job with its response to the coronavirus outbreak, Democratic candidate Mark Kelly of Arizona said.

“The steps that have been taken here in the state, especially by mayors and local officials who have chosen to close down places where the virus can spread – those are good things,” Kelly told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News on Thursday.

Gov. Doug Ducey issued a statewide stay-at-home order this week, and he previously closed bars, gyms and entertainment venues and banned dine-in service at restaurants.

Cities have implemented restrictions on their parks such as closing playgrounds and sports courts.

Kelly also agreed with Ducey’s request Wednesday for a presidential major disaster declaration. That would help Arizona receive more support for the battle against the spreading virus.

“We’re facing a very challenging few weeks here in the state: We have 1,000 ventilators, we need probably 4,500. We need 13,000 more hospital beds. We need 1,500 more ICU beds. We don’t have enough masks, other personal protective equipment.

“Absolutely [a disaster declaration is needed].”

“We’ve got to stop the spread of the virus, and the only way to do that is to listen to the scientists and public health professionals,” Kelly said.

The former astronaut likened the stay-at-home directive to a space mission.

“Collectively, we’re trying to solve a hard problem. Every family, every household, every individual is part of a team.

“If you know that, I think it makes it easier to understand that we all have to go through some things that are uncomfortable right now. It’s kind of a little bit what you do when you’re in space.”

Kelly lived on the International Space Station and piloted shuttles. His NASA career began in 1996 and ended in 2011.

With the coronavirus slowing down campaign work, Kelly has turned to helping with aid for those affected by the outbreak.

“We’re using the email list to raise money for the Arizona food bank network,” he said.

His opponent, Republican Sen. Martha McSally, suspended campaign fundraising Wednesday for two weeks to focus on coronavirus aid.

She launched “15 Days of Giving” to raise money for the Salvation Army in Arizona. She also donated her April salary.

Kelly said, “I think we’ve raised nearly $20,000 and we’ve reached thousands of Arizonans through our volunteer network.”

Those volunteers are “calling people to give them information to let them know that they can call 2-1-1 if they need … help that’s related to coronavirus,” he said.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

Stage 2 fire restrictions set to begin this week across Arizona due to wildfire threat

Stage 2 fire restrictions are set to begin across Arizona this week due to heightened wildfire activity and dry conditions, officials said.
1 day ago
(Photo by Hyoung Chang/The Denver Post via Getty Images)...
Associated Press

Arizona appeals court says ban on per-signature initiative is illegal

A 2017 law that makes it a crime to pay people for each signature they collect to qualify voter initiatives for the ballot violates the First Amendment and the first criminal case filed using the law must be dismissed, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.
1 day ago
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...
KTAR.com

Suspect in custody after allegedly exchanging gunfire with Phoenix police

A suspect was in custody after allegedly exchanging gunfire with police in north Phoenix on Tuesday, authorities said.
1 day ago
Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 2...
KTAR.com

Arizona politicians react to mass shooting at elementary school in Texas

Arizona politicians reacted Tuesday to a mass shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, that left 19 students and two adults dead. 
1 day ago
FILE - Water drips from a faucet near boat docks sitting on dry land at the Browns Ravine Cove area...
Associated Press

EXPLAINER: How cities in the West have water amid drought

Major Western cities like Phoenix have diversified water sources and boosted supplies through infrastructure investments and conservation.
1 day ago
(Photo courtesy of Jonathan Lines)...
Danny Shapiro

Yuma border migrant backlog an ongoing problem despite Title 42 extension, official says

Yuma County Supervisor Jonathan Lines said the border community continues to deal with an influx of migrants that want to come to the U.S.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Christina O’Haver

Stroke month: Experts call attention to stroke prevention

Every 40 seconds—that’s how often someone has a stroke in the United States. It’s the fifth leading cause of death among Americans, with someone dying of a stroke every 3.5 minutes.
...
Dr. Richard Carmona

Have you gotten your booster shot?

Do you remember when you got your last COVID-19 vaccination? If it has been more than five months since you completed your primary vaccination series, it’s time for you to get your booster. You may be eligible even sooner depending which vaccine you received. If you are over the age of 50 and received your […]
...
SCHWARTZ LASER EYE CENTER

Key dates for Arizona sports fans to look forward to in April

April brings new beginnings in different ways for Arizona’s professional sports teams like the Suns and Diamondbacks.
US Senate candidate Mark Kelly agrees Arizona has coronavirus emergency