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Live updates: Latest on coronavirus in Arizona, where cases near 5,000

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 13. (Previous live updates: April 6-April 12)

PHOENIX — State officials on Sunday reported that Arizona was up to 4,929 with 184 deaths, the state health department reported Saturday morning.

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 a chart of Arizona cases by ZIP code and the latest developments from around the state, country and world:

Maricopa County — 2,589 cases

Pima County — 913 cases

Navajo County — 459 cases

Coconino County — 333 cases

Pinal County — 247 cases

Apache County — 178 cases

Yavapai County — 72 cases

Mohave County — 54 cases

Yuma County — 25 cases

Cochise County — 24 cases

Santa Cruz County — 19 cases

Gila County — 7 cases

La Paz County — 5 cases

Graham County — 2 cases

Greenlee County – 2 cases

Sunday, April 19

  • The number of positive tests for coronavirus in Arizona reached 4,929 with 184 deaths, the state health department reported Saturday morning.

Saturday, April 18

  • The number of positive tests for coronavirus in Arizona reached 4,719, with 177 deaths, the state health department reported Saturday morning.
  • The University of Arizona will begin furloughing most of its staff in May due to the extreme financial crisis resulting from the coronavirus outbreak.

Friday, April 17

  • Navajo Nation announced an updated total of 1,127 coronavirus cases and 44 deaths. Of those cases, 687 were in Arizona.
  • Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said she supported the guidelines for reopening the economy that the White House released Thursday.
    “I, too, want to help our business community and return to some semblance of normalcy,” Gallego said in the release. “However, any restart needs to be led by the advice of medical professionals.”
  • U.S. stocks joined a worldwide rally and closed out their first back-to-back weekly gain since the market began selling off two months ago.
  • The first Walgreens drive-thru coronavirus test site in metro Phoenix was launched in the West Valley suburb of El Mirage.
  • The number of positive tests for coronavirus in Arizona moved to 4,507, with 169 deaths, after the state reported daily increases of 273 cases and 19 deaths. There have been 49,230 tests for COVID-19 given in Arizona.

Thursday, April 16

  • The Najavo Nation on Thursday evening reported 121 new cases and three more deaths, bringing the total case number to 1,042 and 41 deaths.
  • The 2020 Volvik Founders Cup LPGA golf tournament in Phoenix, which was postponed from its March date because of the coronavirus outbreak, will not be made up this year. The event plans to return in 2021 at Wildfire Golf Club at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort and Spa.
  • Sen. Martha McSally, Sen. Kirsten Sinema and Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona were selected to a bipartisan White House task force of Congress members that will focus on the nation’s economic recovery from the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Valley Metro drivers in service planned to honk horns and ring bells at noon to honor transit workers around the country.
  • With 272 new positive tests for the coronavirus, Arizona now has 4,234 cases and 150 deaths from COVID-19, with 47,398 tests having been given.
  • The wave of layoffs that has engulfed the U.S. economy since the coronavirus struck forced 5.2 million more people to seek unemployment benefits last week, the government reported. Roughly 22 million have now sought jobless benefits in the past month.

Wednesday, April 15

  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced the Navajo Nation in Tuba City received 2,000 food boxes that were donated by St. Mary’s Food Bank.
  • Navajo Nation announced an updated total of 921 coronavirus cases and 38 deaths. Of those cases, 372 were in Arizona.
  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced that weekend lockdowns on the Navajo Nation will continue after first being implemented last weekend.
  • Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order allowing food trucks to operate at eight Arizona rest stops to help feed long-haul truckers.
  • Gov. Doug Ducey announced that a variety of Arizona buildings and structures, including the Capitol, will be lit blue to support the state’s medical workers and emergency responders battling the coronavirus.
  • Arizona reported 3,962 coronavirus cases, an increase of 156 from a day prior. The state also announced 11 additional deaths, bringing the total number to 142, with 45,310 tests given.
  • Nations and health experts worldwide reacted with alarm after President Donald Trump announced a halt to the sizable funding the United States sends to the World Health Organization.
  • U.S. retail sales plummeted 8.7% in March, an unprecedented decline, as the viral outbreak forced an almost complete lockdown of commerce nationwide. The deterioration of sales far outpaced the previous record decline of 3.9% that took place during the depths of the Great Recession in November 2008.

Tuesday, April 14

  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced an additional 25 coronavirus cases among the Navajo Nation and a total of 33 deaths due to COVID-19. Of the Navajo Nation’s 838 confirmed coronavirus cases, 543 are in Arizona.
  • Ducey in letters asked leaders from Arizona’s lodging and business communities to provide their feedback on a plan for economic recovery. He also signed three additional executive orders.
  • Ducey announced the state has partnered with the University of Arizona to provide 250,000 COVID-19 antibody tests for health care professionals and first responders fighting the virus.
  • Arizona airports are getting nearly $225 million from the federal coronavirus relief package approved last month, officials said Tuesday, with more than half going to Phoenix Sky Harbor.
  • The Arizona Director of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry has had positive coronavirus tests among staff members, director David Shinn told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show.
  • President Donald Trump said he’s enlisting advisers from business, the medical field and elected office to join a new council that will help shape his plans to reopen the coronavirus-battered economy.
  • Arizona reported a total of 3,806 coronavirus cases and 131 deaths, with 44,096 test given. That was an increase of 104 cases and nine deaths from the previous day’s report.

Monday, April 13

  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced that the Navajo Police Department issued more than 115 criminal nuisance citations for violating the 57-hour curfew that was enforced over the weekend.
  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced an additional 115 coronavirus cases among the Navajo Nation and a total of 28 deaths due to COVID-19. Of the Navajo Nation’s 813 confirmed coronavirus cases, 536 are in Arizona.
  • The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry released a dashboard for COVID-19 case information for inmates. Nine inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus.
  • The Arizona Department of Economic Security released unemployment claim numbers for the state for the previous week. There were more than 95,000 initial claims and more than 164,000 continued claims. The state paid out more than $26 million in benefits last week.
  • Southwest Gas will contribute $65,000 to the Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund.
  • State officials reported 3,702 positive tests and 122 fatalities from COVID-19, with 43,347 tests given. Of those positive tests, 2,020 are in Maricopa County.

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