Live updates: Latest on coronavirus in Arizona, which has 6,526 cases

Apr 26, 2020, 9:20 AM | Updated: 7:10 pm
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Soccer goals are closed off for public use at the Scottsdale Sports Complex. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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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 20. (Previous live updates: April 13-April 19)

PHOENIX — State officials on Sunday reported that Arizona was up to 6,526 coronavirus cases, an increase of 246 from the previous morning.

There are now 275 deaths from COVID-19 in the state, two 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 and deaths, plus other related information, each morning.

Below is an updated list of cases and deaths 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 — 3,359 cases; 122 deaths

Pima County — 1,136 cases; 76 deaths

Navajo County — 625 cases; 18 deaths

Coconino County — 420 cases; 38 deaths

Pinal County — 342 cases; 9 deaths

Apache County — 336 cases; 5 deaths

Mohave County — 88 cases; 4 deaths

Yavapai County — 76 cases; fewer than 3 deaths

Yuma County — 51 cases; fewer than 3 deaths

Cochise County — 36 cases; fewer than 3 deaths

Santa Cruz County — 30 cases; fewer than 3 deaths

Gila County — 11 cases; fewer than 3 deaths

La Paz County — 7 cases; fewer than 3 deaths

Graham County — 7 cases; fewer than 3 deaths

Greenlee County – 2 cases; fewer than 3 deaths


Sunday, April 26

  • Arizona state health officials reported Sunday an increase of 246 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 6,526. The state death count reached 275 with two additional fatalities, and 64,811 tests have been given.
  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced 79 new coronavirus cases and no new deaths. Of Navajo Nation’s 1,716 coronavirus cases, 1,039 are in Arizona.

Saturday, April 25

  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced 97 new coronavirus cases and one death among the Navajo Nation, bringing the total deaths to 58. Of the Navajo Nation’s 1,637 coronavirus cases, 999 are in Arizona.
  • Arizona state health officials reported Saturday an increase of 235 positive coronavirus cases, bringing the total to 6,280. The state death count reached 273 with seven additional fatalities, and 62,508 tests have been given.

Friday, April 24

  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced 180 new coronavirus cases among the Navajo Nation and a death toll of 58. Of the Navajo Nation’s 1,540 virus cases, 966 are in Arizona.
  • Chandler Mayor Kevin Hartke announced the city will reopen select parks and amenities not included in the Gov. Ducey’s “stay-at-home” order. This includes dog parks, archery ranges, and drop-in pickleball and tennis courts.
  • A Phoenix nurse told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show she “felt like the enemy” when she attended a protest against Arizona’s coronavirus restrictions earlier this week. Lauren Leander was one of several nurses seen in viral photos of the Monday protest.
  • The latest round of federal coronavirus relief funding for small businesses is a necessary step, but it isn’t nearly enough, according to Arizona Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Glenn Hamer.
  • Sonora Quest Laboratories has started coronavirus antibody testing in Arizona. Doctors can now collect samples and send them to Sonora Quest for processing. They can also write prescriptions for patients, who must then make appointments at one of the 20-plus labs doing the testing.
  • President Donald Trump signed a bill into law providing a $484 billion infusion of coronavirus-related spending. Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona was one of the few Congress members to vote against it.
  • With 276 new positive tests for coronavirus reported by the state health department, Arizona now has 6,045 cases. The state death count reached 266 with 17 additional fatalities, and 60,714 tests have been given.

Thursday, April 23

  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced 78 new coronavirus cases among the Navajo Nation and a death toll of 52. Of the Navajo Nation’s 1,360 virus cases, 866 are in Arizona.
  • The Arizona Department of Health Services said it’s getting another $12.4 million in federal funding to reduce the spread of COVID0-19. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention previously sent Arizona $16.2 million.
  • Arizona’s top health official, Dr. Cara Christ, said the state is moving to make coronavirus testing available to more residents.
  • The next step in reopening Arizona’s economy will happen only after health data shows it is safe to do so, Gov. Doug Ducey said in a wide-ranging exclusive interview with KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Broomhead Show.
  • Arizona added 310 positive tests and 20 deaths to its outbreak totals, pushing the figures to 5,769 cases and 249 fatalities. There have been 58,697 tests given in the state.
  • More than 4.4 million laid-off workers applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week as job cuts escalated across an economy that remains all but shut down, the government said.

Wednesday, April 22

  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced 76 new coronavirus cases among the Navajo Nation and a death toll of 49. Of the Navajo Nation’s 1,282 virus cases, 824 are in Arizona.
  • Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said he will not make a decision on the state’s expiring “stay-at-home” order intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus until next week.
  • Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced that medical facilities demonstrating adequate capacity may resume performing elective surgeries beginning May 1.
  • U.S. Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona said the depleted coronavirus relief small business loan program could be back in action by Friday.
  • Navajo Nation announced it is extending the closure of its government until at least May 17. The closure of tribal offices and related entities had been set to expire April 26.
  • The Arizona coronavirus case total increased by 208 to 5,459, and the death count climbed by 21 to 229. It was the second consecutive day with 21 deaths reported.

Tuesday, April 21

  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced 63 new coronavirus cases among the Navajo Nation and a total decrease of 115 cases from the prior day’s report. Of the Navajo Nation’s 1,206 virus cases, 782 are in Arizona.
  • Chandler nursing home Pennington Gardens announced that 13 of its residents have died due to the coronavirus. The facility also confirmed a total of 28 positive test results.
  • The Phoenix City Council unanimously approved the allocation of nearly $18 million dollars of federal COVID-19 funding to support vulnerable populations in the community.
  • The Arizona Department of Health Services announced the Arizona Surge Line, which facilitates the interfacility transfer of patients during an emergency hospital or healthcare facility surge.
  • President Donald Trump announced what he described as a “temporary suspension of immigration into the United States,” an executive order barring those seeking permanent residency green cards but not temporary workers.
  • A nearly $500 billion coronavirus aid package flew through the Senate after Congress and the White House reached a deal to replenish a small business payroll fund and provided new money for hospitals and testing. It now goes to the House.
  • U.S. Sen. Martha McSally said her campaign raised over $212,000 for Arizona coronavirus aid during her “15 Days of Giving” initiative.
  • Congress reached a tentative agreement with President Donald Trump on a nearly $500 billion coronavirus relief bill that would replenish a small business rescue program, provide hospitals with another $75 billion, and implement a nationwide virus testing program to facilitate reopening the economy.
  • U.S. health regulators OK’d the first coronavirus test that allows people to collect their own sample at home. The test from LabCorp will initially only be available to health care workers and first responders under a doctor’s orders.
  • Arizona saw an increase of 187 positive tests for coronavirus and 21 deaths in the past day, the state health department reported. That moved the state totals for the outbreak to 5,251 cases and 208 deaths, with 55,152 tests given.
  • President Donald Trump said he will sign an executive order “to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States” because of the coronavirus.

Monday, April 20

  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced there has been an increase of 124 new coronavirus cases among the Navajo Nation since Saturday and a total death toll of 45. Of the Navajo Nation’s 1,321 confirmed virus cases, 782 are in Arizona.
  • Ride-hailing company Lyft said Monday it would continue to operate at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport despite new fees that are set to go into effect at the beginning of May. Lyft previously said it intended to eliminate rides to and from Sky Harbor if the fees were implemented, but changed course because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
  • The Arizona Department of Economic Security reported more than 72,000 initial claims and 225,000 unemployment claims for the week that ended Saturday. More than $150 million in benefits were paid out across the state.
  • Banner Health announced it is providing staff with the opportunity to purchase discounted grocery items within its facilities at select Valley locations.
  • Waymo, which was formerly Google’s self-driving car division and has a large operation based in the East Valley, donated $100,000 to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund. The fund is part of the Arizona Together initiative, which supports health care workers and nonprofit groups working to reduce the impact of COVID-19 in the state.
  • Hundreds of protesters, many ignoring social distancing recommendations, gathered at the Arizona Capitol to rally against coronavirus-related restrictions they say are overreaching.
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona donated $50,000 to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund.
  • U.S. Customs and Border Protection said the restrictions on non-essential travel at U.S. land border ports are being extended by 30 days.
  • Arizona now has 5,064 positive tests for COVID-19 and 187 deaths, with 54,500 tests given. The state’s latest report included 135 new cases and three additional deaths.

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Live updates: Latest on coronavirus in Arizona, which has 6,526 cases