Trump approves Ducey’s disaster declaration to get funding for Arizona

Apr 4, 2020, 2:36 PM | Updated: 4:51 pm
President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Saturday...
President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, Saturday, April 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

PHOENIX — The Presidential Major Disaster Declaration requested by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has been approved, the governor tweeted Saturday afternoon.

Approved by President Donald Trump, the declaration will help the state get more support for the state’s coronavirus response.

Additional federal resources will be supplied to Arizona to help provide access to mental health care, support for tribal health care workers, help low-income residents get legal help, food assistance and other services and give the state grants to reduce risks in future emergencies.

“I’m grateful to President Trump for approving Arizona’s request and for the Administration’s continued partnership,” Ducey said in a press release.

“These resources will bolster our efforts to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 and help us bounce back afterward stronger than ever. This continued collaboration will be crucial as we utilize all tools to combat this virus.”

The following day, most of Arizona’s congressional delegation signed a bipartisan letter to Trump supporting Ducey’s request.

These programs will receive assistance, Ducey said in the press release Wednesday:

  • Crisis counseling program
  • Disaster case management
  • Disaster unemployment assistance
  • Disaster legal services
  • Disaster supplemental nutrition assistance program
  • Hazard mitigation grant program
  • Any other appropriate Stafford Act disaster assistance programs

As of Saturday morning, Arizona had reported 2,019 coronavirus cases and 52 deaths.

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Trump approves Ducey’s disaster declaration to get funding for Arizona