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Live updates: Latest on coronavirus in Arizona, which has 13,937 cases

Laura Spencer, a recruiter at the corporate offices of the Fox Restaurant Concepts' Phoenix-based eateries, cleans off a dining table as she helps out at Flower Child restaurant as the restaurant is just one of the gradually opening full service dine-in establishments, expanding from their takeout option, to reopen as Arizona slowly relaxes restrictions due to the coronavirus Monday, May 11, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

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 May 11. (Previous live updates: May 4-10)

PHOENIX — The Arizona health department reported 306 new positive tests for coronavirus on Sunday morning, bringing the total of cases in the state to 13,937.

With just one additional fatality from COVID-19 reported, the death toll increased to 680.

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 the latest developments from around the state, country and world:

Maricopa County — 7,240 cases; 319 deaths

Pima County — 1,814 cases; 157 deaths

Navajo County — 1,273 cases, 48 deaths

Apache County — 981 cases; 20 deaths

Coconino County — 866 cases; 64 deaths

Pinal County — 693 cases; 31 deaths

Yuma County — 355 cases; 4 deaths

Yavapai County — 262 cases; 5 deaths

Mohave County — 250 cases; 28 deaths

Santa Cruz County — 75 cases; 0 deaths

Cochise County — 46 cases; fewer than 3 deaths (1-2)

La Paz County — 38 cases; fewer than 3 deaths (1-2)

Gila County — 22 cases; fewer than 3 deaths (1-2)

Graham County — 20 cases; 0 deaths

Greenlee County — 2 cases; 0 deaths


Sunday, May 17

  • State health officials reported just one death, with 306 additional coronavirus cases. All told, the state has reported 13,937 cases and 680 deaths.

Saturday, May 16

  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez reported an increase of 172 coronavirus cases and 13 deaths across the territory. The total death count has reached 140. Overall, the Navajo Nation has 3,912 confirmed cases with 544 recoveries.
  • State health officials reported an increase of 462 positive coronavirus cases, with 28 additional deaths. All told, the state has reported 13,361 cases and 679 deaths.

Friday, May 15

  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez reported an increase of 108 coronavirus cases and no additional deaths across the territory. The Navajo Nation will enter a 57-hour weekend lockdown.
  • The Arizona Department of Health Services announced the Arizona Testing Blitz will be extended for two additional Saturdays. The additional dates will be May 23 and 30.
  • Gov. Doug Ducey announced that $300,000 from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has been awarded to three organizations that support senior citizens and Arizonans with medical needs: Foundation for Senior Living, Benevilla and Aster Aging.
  • Several Arizona casinos were partially reopening Friday with new sanitizing protocols months after they closed to help slow the spread of the coronavirus.
  • Navajo Nation leadership isn’t happy with the National Forest Service’s decision to start reopening Grand Canyon National Park on Friday.
  • The head of the FDA said his agency has provided new guidance to the White House after data suggested that a rapid COVID-19 test used by President Donald Trump and others every day may provide inaccuracies and false negatives.
  • Arizona’s documented total of COVID-19 cases increased by 495 to 13,169, and 27 additional fatalities pushed the state’s death count to 651.

Thursday, May 14

  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez reported an increase of 141 coronavirus cases and eight deaths across the territory. The total death count has reached 127. Overall, the Navajo Nation has 3,632 confirmed cases; 2,058 are in Arizona.
  • Gov. Doug Ducey announced that the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund issued $100,000 in grants to four programs helping kids with special needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding went to Ability360, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center, Southern Arizona Network for Down Syndrome and Arizona Recreation Center for the Handicapped.
  • David Shinn, director of Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry, said the plans implemented to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus among inmates is working.
  • More than 70% of metro Phoenix coronavirus deaths were residents of long-term care facilities, according to the latest county health data.
  • Arizona reported 30 new deaths from the coronavirus and 498 additional cases. The state has documented totals of 12,674 COVID-19 cases and 624 deaths.
  • CVS Health announced it will open 10 drive-thru COVID-19 testing sites in Arizona, including seven in metro Phoenix, starting Friday. Patients must answer screening questions and make an appointment online before using the service.

Wednesday, May 13

  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez reported an increase of 147 coronavirus cases among the Navajo Nation and a total death count of 119. Of the Navajo Nation’s 3,392 confirmed coronavirus cases, 1,921 are in Arizona.
  • Harkins Theatres marketing director Jessica Reeves confirmed in an email to KTAR News 92.3 FM that the theatre chain is expecting to reopen in the summer.
  • Gov. Doug Ducey announced that the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund was issuing a $500,000 grant to the hunger-fighting network that includes St. Mary’s Food Bank, Desert Mission Food Bank, United Food Bank, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona and Yuma Community Food Bank.
  • Gov. Doug Ducey’s office confirmed that most businesses deemed nonessential under the state’s stay-at-home order — including movie theaters and tattoo parlors — will be allowed to reopen Saturday if they follow guidelines to mitigate the spread of coronavirus.
  • Tempe’s tennis courts, pickleball courts, bike and skate parks, and disc golf areas are now open. Social distancing of at least 6 feet remains in effect, and groups are limited to 10 people or fewer.
  • Salt River Tubing will open for the season Saturday with new safety protocols, including a requirement for face coverings and reduced shuttle capacities.
  • Authorities in Wuhan, the Chinese city where the coronavirus pandemic began, were moving forward Wednesday with efforts to test all 11 million residents for the virus within 10 days after a handful of fresh infections were found there.
  • Arizona reported 440 new coronavirus cases and 32 additional deaths, bringing the state’s totals to 12,176 cases and 594 deaths from COVID-19.
  • The Navajo Nation has extended an executive order declaring a state of emergency and government closures to June 7 in an attempt to minimize the spread of the coronavirus.

Tuesday, May 12

  • The Arizona Department of Economic Security announced that the Arizona Pandemic Unemployment Assistance launch has been temporarily delayed.
  • Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat issued a proclamation which allows for a phased reopening of the city’s buildings and facilities.
  • Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell issued an emergency proclamation requiring some local establishments — such as bars that serve food and businesses that provide live entertainment — to document their efforts to ensure social distancing.
  • Pima County announced that, despite Gov. Doug Ducey’s to allow gyms and pools to reopen on Wednesday, county officials are not yet ready to open pools and splash pads to the public.
  • Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said major league sports can return to Arizona after Friday as long as they follow CDC guidelines to protect public health.
  • The Arizona Department of Health Services announced it is coordinating coronavirus tests for all patients and staff at 147 long-term care facilities.
  • Starting Wednesday, Arizona gyms and pools can reopen as long as they follow CDC guidelines. Gyms have been closed across the state since March 20.
  • Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced the stay-at-home order will be lifted when it expires on Friday, and the state will enter the first phase of reopening.
  • Democrats in the Arizona Legislature called for more transparency from state prison officials regarding the coronavirus situation.
  • After shifting instruction online in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic, Maricopa County Community Colleges officials said they are looking for ways to resume on-campus classes this fall.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci and other health officials stressed during a Senate committee hearing that pandemic danger persists, even as testing increases and work toward a vaccine and treatments for COVID-19 continues.
  • The AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund, part of the Arizona Together initiative to support residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, has taken in $8.2 million, including more than $175,000 from private citizens, the governor’s office announced.
  • Arizona reported 20 new coronavirus deaths, pushing the state total to 562. With 356 new positive tests, the state has reported 11,736 cases of COVID-19, with 122,842 tests given for the virus.

Monday, May 11

  • Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez reported an increase of 82 coronavirus cases among the Navajo Nation and a total death count of 102. Of the Navajo Nation’s 3,204 confirmed coronavirus cases, 1,821 are in Arizona.
  • The Arizona Department of Economic Security reported almost 33,000 new unemployment claims this past week in addition to about 295,000 ongoing claims. The state paid out a total of about $160 million in benefits in the past week.
  • The Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino located south of Phoenix and other Valley casinos announced they will reopen Friday.
  • Mesa began taking applications for a grant program for the city’s small businesses that have been impacted by required closures and service limitations but didn’t receive funding from federal coronavirus relief programs.
  • Phoenix’s Ben Avery Shooting Facility will reopen Wednesday, but visitors must reserve their times in advance and follow new operational guidelines.
  • The city of Glendale is starting to offer walk-through, grab-and-go service at its main library branch. No more than 25 guests will be allowed in at a time to allow for social distancing.
  • Arizona reported 261 new positive tests for the coronavirus and six additional deaths. That brings the reported state totals to 11,380 cases and 542 deaths, with 116,464 test for the virus given.
  • Arizona restaurants started resuming dine-in service as the state continued relaxing social distancing orders amid the coronavirus pandemic.

For all articles, information and updates on the coronavirus from KTAR News, visit ktar.com/coronavirus.

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