Maricopa County health officials to discuss coronavirus and the holiday season

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Posted at 5:38 AM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 12:56:48-05

PHOENIX — Maricopa County Public Health addressed coronavirus and the holiday season Thursday morning.

Marcy Flanagan, the executive director of the county's public health department, spoke Thursday morning on the importance of implementing mitigation measures around Thanksgiving.

Watch the full press conference in the player below.

"Public Health wants to make sure residents understand the best ways to limit the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 over Thanksgiving weekend and beyond," officials said in a media release.

Flanagan addressed "risky behaviors" that could lead to more spread of the virus and put a strain on the health care system.

The discussion comes a day afterGovernor Doug Ducey and Dr. Cara Christ with Arizona Department of Health Services addressed the pandemic.

The pair encouraged Arizonans to continue to wear masks, wash their hands, and avoid large gatherings ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, and also reiterated the restrictions that remain in place for bars, gyms, and restaurants.

Ducey did not issue any further restrictions during his first press briefing since Oct. 29, reemphasizing a statewide mask mandate, which some local leaders, including Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego had asked him to implement.

On Thursday, Arizona health officials added more than 4,000 new coronavirus cases to the data dashboard -- the fifth-highest daily count since reporting began. Maricopa County accounted for 2,613 of Thursday's reported cases.