Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Arizona stories from July 10-12
PHOENIX — Arizona reported 2,537 new coronavirus cases Sunday, a man who refused to wear a mask pulled a gun on a yogurt shop employee and a first-grade teacher in Arizona died of coronavirus despite precautions.
Here are some stories that headlined the Arizona news cycle over the weekend.
The Arizona health department reported 2,537 new coronavirus cases and 86 additional deaths on Sunday morning.
That brought the state’s totals to 122,467 COVID-19 cases and 2,237 fatalities.
It was the sixth time this month there were at least 40 new deaths reported.
A Yuma man who was ejected from a frozen yogurt shop for not wearing a mask is facing charges for pulling out a gun in response.
According to the staff at Tiki Hut Frozen Yougurt, 64-year-old Steven Covington was agitated when told to wear a face covering and gloves provided by the store. Covington then started dispensing frozen yogurt into his bare hands.
Authorities say that’s when Covington got a handgun from his car and followed the employee. The store was locked down but Covington allegedly pointed the gun at the employee and tried to get inside the store and a neighboring business.
First-grade teacher Kimberly Byrd, 61, died on June 26 due to coronavirus, according to the Hayden Winkleman Unified School District.
Byrd and two other educators had been using the same room to teach online summer courses.
Despite the precautions, Byrd became sick in mid-June and continued to work. A few days later, two of Byrd’s colleagues also tested positive for COVID-19.
Gov. Doug Ducey announced in a tweet Saturday that Arizona would be getting 361 cases of the experimental antiviral drug Remdesivir.
Remdesivir appears to help patients with COVID-19 recover faster. It received emergency approval in May by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The shipment comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help the state deal with the surging number of coronavirus cases in the state.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has the lowest approval rating for the handling of the coronavirus pandemic of all governors, according to a survey published Tuesday.
The survey from Covid States found that Ducey’s approval rating dipped to 32% in late June.
The Republican governor’s support for his actions during the pandemic was at 57% in early May before the state’s stay-at-home order expired, according to the survey.
Since, the approval rating has continued to drop as coronavirus cases in Arizona skyrocketed.
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