Live updates: Latest on coronavirus in Arizona, which has 3,539 cases
This is a continuously updated link with the latest information, news and updates about the coronavirus and its impact in Arizona and beyond for the week starting April 6. (Previous live updates: March 30-April 5)
PHOENIX — State officials on Sunday reported that Arizona was up to 3,539 coronavirus cases, an increase of 146 from the previous morning.
There are now 115 reported deaths from COVID-19 in the state, seven 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 — 1,960 cases
Pima County — 622 cases
Navajo County — 335 cases
Coconino County — 243 cases
Pinal County — 163 cases
Apache County — 72 cases
Yavapai County — 63 cases
Mohave County — 30 cases
Yuma County — 17 cases
Cochise County — 15 cases
Santa Cruz County — 8 cases
La Paz County — 4 cases
Gila County — 3 cases
Graham County — 2 cases
Greenlee County – 2 cases
Sunday, April 12
- The Arizona health department released enhanced coronavirus statistics specific to age, gender, available medical equipment, zip codes and counties throughout the state on its website. Of the state’s 115 coronavirus deaths, 48 have occurred in Maricopa county.
Saturday, April 11
- The Arizona health department reported an increase of 281 positive coronavirus tests and 11 deaths in its daily report. The state’s totals during the COVID-19 outbreak are now 3,393 cases and 108 deaths, with 40,530 tests given.
- Boeing announced Saturday it is manufacturing face shields to help protect medical professionals during the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
Friday, April 10
- Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday that the state would receive an extra 100 ventilators from the strategic national stockpile.
- The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry announced it was extending the suspension of legal and non-legal visitation at all state prison complexes at least through May 13.
- The Arizona health department reported an increase of 94 coronavirus positive tests and eight deaths in its daily report. The state’s totals during the COVID-19 outbreak are now 3,112 cases and 97 deaths, with 37,734 tests given.
- Hospitals taking money from the $2 trillion stimulus bill will have to agree not to send “surprise” medical bills to patients treated for COVID-19, the White House said.
- The Navajo Nation announced an additional 39 positive cases of coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total to 597.
Thursday, April 9
- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced an increase of 70 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the Navajo Nation to a total of 558. Nez also announced two more deaths, increasing the death toll to 22. Of the Navajo Nation’s total COVID-19 cases, 405 are in Arizona.
- The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry announced that an inmate housed at Arizona State Prison Complex – Florence has tested positive for coronavirus. There are now three ADCRR inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19.
- The Arizona Department of Health Services said it will start releasing additional information regarding coronavirus patients, including zip codes of cases, beginning Sunday.
- Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced the state will reopen Phoenix’s St. Luke’s Medical Center to deal with potential overflow of coronavirus patients.
- Gov. Doug Ducey issued a “good Samaritan” executive order that provides civil liability protections to health care workers during the public health emergency.
- Wall Street closed out its best week in 45 years on after the Federal Reserve launched its latest titanic effort to support the economy through the coronavirus outbreak.
- The top two officials of Navajo Nation, which has been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, are self-quarantined after being near somebody who later tested positive for COVID-19, the tribe announced. President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer said they are feeling fine and will continue working remotely.
- Arizonans who receive assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will soon be able to buy food online from Walmart or Amazon because the state’s request for the change gained federal approval.
- The Arizona health department reported an increase of 292 coronavirus positive tests and nine deaths, pushing the state’s outbreak totals to 3,018 cases and 89 deaths, with 37,178 tests given.
- With a startling 6.6 million people seeking jobless benefits last week, the United States has reached a grim landmark: Roughly one in 10 workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks.
Wednesday, April 8
- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced an increase of 62 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the Navajo Nation to a total of 488. Nez also announced three more deaths, increasing the death toll to 20. Of the Navajo Nation’s total COVID-19 cases, 352 are in Arizona.
- The Scottsdale Police Department warned residents of a coronavirus scam being sent via mail in which a letter falsely claims that those who are sick will be forcibly quarantined for 45 days.
- Gov. Doug Ducey announced a mobile hotspot donation donation drive aimed at helping K-12 students without home internet gain access to their online curriculum.
- Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and United States Attorney Michael Bailey announced the formation of a joint task force with members of local and federal agencies, including the FBI, to combat fraud related to the coronavirus outbreak.
- The Arizona Department of Health Services has distributed more than 181,681 N95 masks, 532,500 surgical masks, 85,248 face shields, 70,570 surgical gowns, 1,756 coveralls, and more than 340,000 surgical gloves to local health jurisdictions from the Strategic National Stockpile, Dr. Cara Christ, state health director, said in a blog post.
- Starting Friday, Arizonans will be able to get documents notarized remotely, per an executive order issued by Gov. Doug Ducey in partnership with Secretary of State Katie Hobbs. The online system was passed by the state Legislature in 2019 but wasn’t scheduled to begin until July 1.
- The Arizona Department of Economic Security received $9.8 million in federal funding for emergency food and nutrition assistance for low-income individuals, Gov. Doug Ducey announced.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded nearly $25 million in CARES Act funding to 23 Arizona health centers.
- The state reported 151 additional cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 2,726. There have been 80 deaths related to coronavirus in the state, and 34,564 tests have been given.
- The Arizona Legislature has informed members and staff that it will extend its recess and assess the coronavirus situation again at the end of the month.
Tuesday, April 7
- The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry said two inmates in state custody have tested positive for coronavirus, the cases in the state’s prison system.
- Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced an increase of 42 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the Navajo Nation to a total of 426. Nez also announced two more deaths, increasing the death toll to 17. Of the Navajo Nation’s total COVID-19 cases, 310 are in Arizona.
- Gov. Doug Ducey announced four new executive orders in order to slow the spread of coronavirus.
- Restrictions for out-of-state travelers: This executive order requires those flying into Arizona from areas with substantial community spread to self quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.
- Strengthening protection in residential and nursing health care facilities: Gov. Ducey’s order requires that Arizona health care staff take extra precautions to slow the spread of coronavirus. If facility visitations become restricted, the order also requires institutions to provide means of telecommunication.
- Expansion of coronavirus data gathering: This order mandates that health care facilities expand their tracking of relevant COVID-19 information pertaining to medical equipment and patients.
- Flexibility on packaging rules for local restaurants: This executive order allows restaurants to easily repackage and sell grocery items they cannot otherwise use due to the coronavirus outbreak.
- Intel announced it will provide $50 million to help expand access to technology for patient care, scientific research and students’ online education.
- Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued a cease-and-desist to Prepper’s Discount, Inc., a Chandler-based company that was accused of advertising “instant immunity tablets” in conjunction with coronavirus masks, implying the pills would help prevent or treat COVID-19.
- Gov. Doug Ducey said $2 million of the state’s $50 million COVID-19 relief package is being allocated to Goodwill, allowing the nonprofit to put 400 Arizona employees back to work and expand its support and services for residents in need.
- Metro Phoenix long-term care facilities have been hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak, with 77 cases and 13 deaths. As a result, Maricopa County is prioritizing distribution of its limited supply of personal protective equipment to these locations.
- The Arizona Department of Transportation and Gov. Doug Ducey have agreed to ease restrictions on the weight of commercial trucks allowed to operate without overweight permits, a move designed to help keep the state’s groceries, pharmacies and medical providers stocked.
- The number of coronavirus cases in Arizona passed the 2,500 mark, and the death count increased by eight to 73. The state now has 2,575 positive tests for COVID-19, 119 more than the previous day, with 33,375 tests having been given.
Monday, April 6
- The Arizona Department of Economic Services reported more than 129,000 unemployment claims last week as coronavirus continued to ravage the state.
- Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order putting a stop to evictions of small businesses and nonprofits that are unable to pay their rent due to financial hardship caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
- Maricopa County’s Public Health and Emergency Management departments announced plans to streamline their response to the COVID-19 outbreak by creating a unified command structure, with key staff from both agencies relocating to a centralized location.
- British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to the intensive care unit of a London hospital after his coronavirus symptoms worsened.
- Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said the city was looking at potential areas for budget cuts as the coronavirus outbreak continues to disrupt the economy.
- State officials reported 2,456 positive tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and 65 deaths on Monday. The state saw an increase of 187 COVID-19 cases and one additional death.
- Maricopa County reported 31 COVID-19 deaths. The county also reported 1,433 positive COVID-19 cases.
For Arizona vaccine information, visit azdhs.gov/findvaccine.
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