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Coronavirus in Arizona: Tracking latest cases, COVID-19 updates in Arizona

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Posted at 9:27 AM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-25 00:03:05-04

Arizona health officials are tracking the spread of coronavirus throughout the state. This article has live updates and latest information about cases in Arizona, how to keep yourself healthy and more.

CORONAVIRUS CASES IN ARIZONA

These statistics were last updated on August 3, 2020. Source: Arizona Department of Health Services*

Number of deaths: 3,779
Number of cases: 179,497
Number of total tested: 1,196,335 (at both private and state labs)

Community transmission: Widespread

Case locations by county:
Maricopa: 120,960
Pinal: 8,301
Coconino: 2,997
Pima: 16,741
Navajo: 5,284
Yavapai: 1,858
Apache: 3,084
Cochise: 1,557
Graham: 490
Santa Cruz: 2,610
Yuma: 11,203
Gila: 841
Greenlee: 57
Mohave: 3,040
La Paz: 474

**FOR UPDATES PRIOR TO MARCH 31, CLICK HERE.

APRIL 24, 2020

17 Navajo Police Department employees have tested positive for COVID-19, including 11 police officers and six civilian personnel.

The Navajo Police Department says all of the employees are currently in quarantine.

“We knew there was a high probability that this would occur and we made every decision possible to try and mitigate that probability.” Chief Francisco said. “As a leader, one of the hardest decisions we make is the decision to push forward during times of crisis.”

APRIL 19, 2020

The White Mountain Apache Tribe has confirmed 13 positive coronavirus cases within the White Mountain Apache Department of Corrections.

Officials announced that nine inmates, and four correctional officers tested positive for the virus after being tested as a result of a contact mapping process. The inmates and the correctional officers were not showing any symptoms, according to a press release.

APRIL 16, 2020

Navajo Nation leaders have extended the 57-hour curfew for two more weekends in April and closing essential businesses during weekend curfews.

The first weekend curfew will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 17 and ends on Monday, April 20 at 5:00 a.m. (MDT). The second weekend curfew will begin at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24 and ends on Monday, April 27 at 5:00 a.m. (MDT).

There are 921 cases of coronavirus confirmed in the Navajo Nation, with 38 deaths.

APRIL 15, 2020

The Navajo Police Department has announced nine of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

"We understand the risks that all of our officers take every day and with the COVID-19 pandemic, the risk is escalated even higher. The safety of our officers is always the top priority that’s why it’s critical that everyone stays home as much as possible. When people take unnecessary risks, it creates more challenges and compromises the well-being of those on the front lines. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of our Navajo Police Officers,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez stated.

APRIL 15, 2020

The Maricopa Association of Governments has put together an interactive map to help you see the affect of COVID-19 in your community.

“We brought all of this data together so that you can have one stop to look at certain things,” Anubhav Bagley, the Regional Analytics Director told ABC 15. “You can look at this zip code in Peoria, or any other zip code that has a higher number of cases, and then start to evaluate why.”

APRIL 14, 2020

Arizona’s governor announced Tuesday that more types of COVID-19 testing are coming to the state, but the types of testing will not mean widespread testing.

In a press conference, Governor Doug Ducey announced that all 15 Abbott tests have arrived in the state as they can detect results in as little as 15 minutes.

However, these tests will only be used for vulnerable populations.

APRIL 14, 2020

The Navajo Police Department confirmed Tuesday that two of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement on their Facebook page, the department said the Chief of Police was notified of the results on Monday.

APRIL 14, 2020

Scottsdale police confirmed Tuesday a dispatcher tested positive for COVID-19. The department said per their COVID-19 response plan, SPD Communications was being moved to a secondary location within the department. Their dispatch center will receive a "deep-cleaning" and operations will then return after the cleaning has taken place. Officials say there will be no disruption of services.

APRIL 14, 2020

The University of Arizona today announced Tuesday it will provide antibody testing for the state of Arizona. With $3.5 million in funding from the state, the university says it start producing 250,000 blood tests to detect COVID-19 antibodies for the Arizona's front-line workforce.

APRIL 14, 2020

The Federal Aviation Administration will provide nearly $225 million to Arizona airports to help respond to the coronavirus emergency.

The announcement was made Tuesday that $224,869,172 would go to 59 Arizona airports. The funding is part of the Trump Administration’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act Airport Grant Program.

APRIL 14, 2020

Sun City West golf courses are shutting down today to reduce spread of coronavirus. The seven courses will remain closed until further notice.

APRIL 14, 2020

HonorHealth says the first COVID-19 patient to be treated with ECMO therapy in Arizona has survived, joining a list of about 10 recorded survivors worldwide.

APRIL 13, 2020

The Mohave County Health Department (MCDPH) Nursing staff was notified Monday of nine positive COVID cases in Mohave County, the most confirmed in the county in any one day. Eight of the cases are in the Kingman service area and one is in the Lake Havasu City area. The contact investigations have been initiated with each case. Here is the information on each. The first eight are all in the Kingman service area: Case 1 is in 65 and older range and Case 2 is in the 20-44 age range. Both are in isolation and recovering at home and epidemiologically-linked (epi-linked) to another case. Case 3 is in the 55-64 age range, epi-linked to another case and is an inpatient.

Case 4 is 20-44 year age range, in isolation and recovering at home and not epi-linked or travel related. Case five is in the 45-54 age range, in isolation and recovering at home and is epi-linked to another case. Case 6 is in the 55-64 age range, in isolation and recovering at home, and not travel-relate and not epi-linked. Case 7 is in the 20-44 year age range, in isolation and recovering at home and the case is not travel related or epi-linked. Case 8 is in the 20-44 age range, not travel-related and not epi-linked and is an inpatient.

The final individual, Case 9 is in the Lake Havasu City service area, is in the 20-44 year age range, in isolation and recovering at home. The case is not travel-related and not epi-linked.

These nine new cases bring to 45 the total positives cases in Mohave County. There are now 17 positive confirmed cases in the Lake Havasu City area, including two earlier deaths, 24 in Kingman, and 4 in Bullhead City.

APRIL 13, 2020

In an email sent to ABC15 staff, Deputy Press Secretary Brett Bezio said DES has began distributing the additional $600 in unemployment insurance benefits.

"Today, DES began distributing the additional $600 in UI benefits provided by CARES Act for those who filed their weekly certification yesterday. Our target is to make all retroactive payments to eligible claimants by the end of this week. Individuals can check the status of their payments once it’s been processed through the weekly claims application portal."

APRIL 13, 2020

There are currently no confirmed cases of coronavirus involving Maricopa County jail inmates. So far, 28 inmates have been tested, 21 had negative results, and the remaining 7 are pending. Jail health officials say they have protocol and a plan in place to keep inmates isolated and under observation if necessary. They will provide care at a medical facility if more care is needed.

APRIL 12, 2020

Arizonans now know how many people who tested positive for COVID-19 live in their zip code.

A new database that shows the breakdown of race, zip codes, and hospitalizations came out on Sunday from top Arizona health officials.

APRIL 12, 2020

The Arizona Department of Corrections is reported 8 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at its facilities. The latest numbers show 75 inmates have been tested with 5 still pending. The total population in the system is 41,539.

Here is where the cases are confirmed:
3 Eyman
2 Florence
1 Tucson
2 Marana

APRIL 12, 2020

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is reporting 1,957 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of Sunday. That number is up 71 from Saturday. Additionally, the department is reporting a total of 48 deaths, one more than what was reported Saturday. Hospital admissions increased 19%, while intensive care unit admission increased 6%. The age group with the most reported cases remains 20-44 year olds with 776.

APRIL 11, 2020

The Mohave County Department of Public Health (MCDPH)-Nursing staff was notified Saturday evening of a positive COVID-19 case in the Lake Havasu City service area. The individual, who is in the 20-44 year-old age range, is in isolation and recovering at home. It has yet to be determined if the case is travel-related, epidemiologically-linked to another identified case, or the result of community spread.

This new case brings to 31 the total positives cases in the county. There are now 16 positive confirmed cases in the Lake Havasu City area, including the two deaths, eleven in Kingman, and four in Bullhead City.

APRIL 11, 2020

Per the Department of Corrections website, six inmates in AZ have now tested positive for coronavirus.

Breakdown:
2 Eyman
2 Florence
1 Tucson
1 Marana

APRIL 11, 2020

The total number of positive tests for COVID-19 has reached 698 for the Navajo Nation as of Saturday – an increase of 101 positive cases since Friday, according to the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center. The report also indicates that there is now a total of 2,760 negative test results as of Saturday. There is now a total of 24 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.
Breakdown:

The 698 confirmed positive cases include the following counties:

· Navajo County, AZ: 252
· Apache County, AZ: 79
Total population is 41,539.
· Apache County, AZ: 79

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer have also been informed that Abbot ID rapid test kits will become available at Navajo Area IHS facilities and tribally-operated health care centers in the next few days, which will allow for test results within several minutes. Currently, test results take an average of two to four days to process.

APRIL 11

Mohave County Health officials are confirming 30 cases of COVID-19 and two deaths. The Mohave County Department of Health was notified this morning of a positive case in the Lake Havasu City area. The individual is in the 20-44 age group and is in isolation and recovering at home. The case has been determined to be linked to a previous case. Health officials are in the process of notifiying those who may have come into contact with the patient. The county is reporting 15 cases in the Lake Havasu City-area, 11 cases in Kingman, and four cases in Bullhead City.

APRIL 10

St. Mary's Food Bank is changing its service hours at its Phoenix, 3131 West Thomas, and Surprise, 13050 West Elm Street, locations.

Beginning on Monday, April 13, both locations will now be open from 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Monday - Friday (previously, they were open from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.). They will also transition to drive-thru only. Volunteers will now load food into people's vehicles, trunks, or truck beds. People still need to have an ID or proof of address with them.

APRIL 10

The Arizona Coyotes organization announced Friday that it would furlough at least 50 percent of its staff through June 30 because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the NHL and AHL seasons. All staff health benefits will continue to be covered, the organization said in a news release.

"This was an extremely difficult decision for me and my family. We never anticipated that the situation would escalate to the point of shutting down some of our businesses. It doesn't appear that the NHL will resume play in the immediate future, so this decision was necessary," said Alex Meruelo, owner of the Coyotes, in a statement.

APRIL 10

A majority of Maricopa County Parks and Recreation areas will be open during the Easter holiday, Director RJ Price said during a Friday press briefing with reporters. However, to encourage social distancing, capacities will be reduced by 50%, he said. Once capacity is reached, some parks will either temporarily close to new visitors or will operate on a one in/one out format.

Park hours are currently 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Lake Pleasant hours are 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Hassayampa River Preserve is only open Thursday - Sunday.

Playgrounds, nature centers, and large picnic areas are closed, as well as the restrooms in closed areas. There are restrooms that will remain open, he said.

The following areas and trails are closed: North entrance at Lake Pleasant, Waterfall Trail at White Tank Mountain Regional Park, and Goldmine Trailhead at San Tan Mountain Regional Park. Also, camping, primitive, shoreline or boat camping at Lake Pleasant Regional Park is prohibited.

Some campsites are available and are expected to be full this weekend. People are encouraged to reserve those online.

APRIL 10, 2020

Starting Monday legal and non-legal visitation at all Arizona prison complexes will be suspended for an additional 30 days. The extension was announced Friday by the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry. It is expected to last through May 13, at which time the suspension will be re-evaluated. In a statement, officials said the Department is taking the action to reduce the risk of the potential spread of COVID-19 within the prisons and its impact on staff and inmates.

Additionally, the Department announced the existing policies for phone calls and written letters remain in effect. During this period, CenturyLink will continue to provide inmates with two additional 15-minute phone calls per week, free of charge.

APRIL 9, 2020

The total number of positive tests for COVID-19 has reached 558 for the Navajo Nation as of Thursday – an increase of 70 positive cases since Wednesday, according to the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center. The report also includes 2,381 total negative test results as of Thursday. There is now a total of 22 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.

The 558 confirmed positive cases include the following counties:

· Navajo County, AZ: 222

· Apache County, AZ: 59

· Coconino County, AZ: 124

APRIL 9, 2020

Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order Thursday to boost medical staffing levels and give liability protections for health care workers serving on the front lines.

The order applies to health care workers treating patients during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to protect patients against negligence or reckless misconduct by staff.

“Our number one focus is taking action to protect Arizonans’ health and safety,” said Governor Ducey. “Today’s order is issued in close consultation with public health officials and aligns with similar ‘Good Samaritan’ protections Arizona has provided to citizens acting in good faith during emergency situations. It provides our health care heroes with certainty, and will ensure we're doing all we can to boost staffing at our hospitals.”

View the full order here: https://azgovernor.gov/sites/default/files/eo_2020-27_the_good_samaritan_order.pdf

View the full order here: https://azgovernor.gov/sites/default/files/eo_2020-27_the_good_samaritan_order.pdf

April 8, 2020

The total number of positive tests for COVID-19 has reached 488 for the Navajo Nation as of Wednesday - an increase of 62 positive cases since Tuesday, according to the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center. The report also includes 2,221 total negative test results as of Wednesday. There is now a total of 20 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.

The 488 confirmed positive cases include the following counties:

Navajo County, AZ: 186
Apache County, AZ: 50
Coconino County, AZ: 116
McKinley County, NM: 45
San Juan County, NM: 70
Cibola County, NM: 9
San Juan County, UT: 10
Socorro County, NM: 2
San Juan County, UT: 10
APRIL 8, 2020

The Navajo Nation released the following information Thursday:

The total number of positive tests for COVID-19 has reached 558 for the Navajo Nation as of Thursday – an increase of 70 positive cases since Wednesday, according to the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center. The report also includes 2,381 total negative test results as of Thursday. There is now a total of 22 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.

APRIL 8, 2020

Governor Doug Ducey announced Wednesday a Mobile Hotspot Donation Drive to help K-12 students without home internet access online curriculum during the COVID-19 emergency. The Drive is part of a partnership between the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) and will match donated wireless internet hotspots to students in need.

ADE is working with schools across the state to match the hotspot devices to students that have access to take-home computers, but do not have home internet service. The state will provide internet subscriptions for each hotspot, which will filter online content appropriate for students.

APRIL 8, 2020

Pinal County is reporting its first death due to COVID-19. In a statement, Pinal County Health Department officials announced two deaths in the county as a result of the coronavirus. There are currently 127 confirmed cases in Pinal County.

Both patients suffered from underlying health conditions, officials said. The first patient was a man in his 70s and the second was a man in his 80s.

APRIL 7, 2020

The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry has reported two inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. One inmate has been hospitalized at a community hospital since March 27 with several non-coronavirus related symptoms. The inmate then received a positive test after receiving two negative results, and is now receiving medical care at the same facility.

The second inmate who tested positive for COVID-19 is at the Marana Community Correctional Treatment Facility operated by Management and Training Corporation. The inmate is being treated at the facility.

This comes after three employees tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumptive positives.

APRIL 7, 2020

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control in partnership with the Arizona Pet Project distributed 12 palettes of dog and cat food to people in need. Leftover food was given to St. Mary's Food Bank for distribution.
"It was just so important to us that the entire family is taken care of. That includes people and their pets", says Leanna Taylor of the AZ Pet Project.
Maricopa County Animal Care and Control in partnership with the Arizona Pet Project distributed 12 palettes of dog and cat food to people in need. Leftover food was given to St. Mary's Food Bank for distribution.
Taylor recommends people in need of pet food reach out to their local food bank. While food banks don't often collect and distribute both human and animal food, Taylor says those rules are relaxing due to the crisis.

APRIL 7, 2020

State Representative Kelly Townsend is leading a fight to force the state and Pinal County Health departments to release more specific information regarding where and when COVID 19 cases and deaths related to the virus happen.

Relatively speaking COVID-19 has spared Pinal County. As of Tuesday 122 people were diagnosed and there are no deaths. But what you don't know looking at the numbers is where the cases originated. "I think it's important to have for first responders and how they behave when they're out among the public and also for the public to know if there are any hotspots," Representative Townsend (R-East Mesa Dist. 16) said.

The law suit seeks zip codes and the dates the COVID-19 cases were diagnosed. It also wants information regarding testing practices, pending results, the number of people hospitalized and the number of ventilators available from the Pinal County Health Department.

"There really isn't anytime to waste ," Townsend said. "We think that information is important and that it doesn't hurt anybody to have that. that needs to get out."

Director of Arizona's Health Services, Dr. Cara Christ, doesn't necessarily disagree. At a briefing Tuesday, Dr. Christ said the state should have more enhanced case mapping by Sunday. "We are looking to develop either to the primary care area level which is what we use in public health or zip code to see what will give us better data compared with other things," Christ said.

Townsend said she is not waiting. She plans to ask for an emergency hearing to have a judge rule on the matter as soon as possible.

APRIL 7, 2020

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday a series of new executive orders to either help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona, to help local businesses and restaurants, or to learn more about its spread in the state.

Among them:

Among them:

  • Anyone who flies into Arizona from areas with widespread outbreaks of COVID-19, specifically New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, must self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • Requires hospitals to report detailed information about COVID-19 patients, including "ICU beds and ventilators in use for COVID-19 patients, the number of suspected COVID-19 patients visiting emergency rooms and the estimated amount of PPEused per day." Read the order.
  • Relaxes rules on packaging and labeling for restaurants who wish to sell surplus goods.
  • APRIL 6, 2020

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order on Monday halting evictions for small businesses and nonprofit organizations through May 31 for those unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The order also "encourages" landlords to defer rent payments and "consider" waiving late fees in light of the pandemic.

Read the executive order.

APRIL 6, 2020

A coronavirus case has been reported at Los Altos Ranch Market in the west Valley. The store sent out the following information Monday afternoon:

We would like to notify customers that our 3415 W Glendale Ave, Phoenix location was temporarily closed for precautionary cleaning and sanitation due to a Team Member’s confirmed case of COVID-19. As soon as the store was deemed fully cleaned and restocked we were able to reopen.

The Team Member’s last day worked was March 25th, 2020. We encourage customers who visited the store over the 14-day period ending on March 25th and have health related concerns to contact the Maricopa County Department of Public Health information line, by dialing 1-844-542-8201 .

APRIL 6, 2020

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency released counts of its staff who have been confirmed to have coronavirus. A total of 160 employees were found to have the virus across the U.S., with 6 employees in Arizona.

Three of the positive employees were working at the Tucson, Arizona, sector, while the other three were stationed at the Nogales, Arizona, sector.

APRIL 6, 2020

The governor’s office has announced that small businesses impacted by COVID-19 have limited time to benefit from federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Businesses can apply for 100% federally guaranteed loans. They will be fully forgiven if all employees are kept on payroll for at least 8 weeks and money is used for payroll, mortgage interest, rent and/or utilities. Those not forgiven will carry a 1% interest rate.

Most small businesses are eligible today. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals may apply starting April 10. This program is first come, first served.

Businesses can apply for the Paycheck Protection Program through any existing U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) lender or through any federally insured depository institutions, federally insured credit union, and Farm Credit System institution that is participating. Most applications are available on the websites of participating banks. Other regulated lenders will be available to make these loans once they are approved and enrolled in the program. Arizona businesses should contact their banks or credit unions to begin the application process now.

APRIL 5, 2020

The Navajo Department of Health issued Public Health Emergency Order 2020-005, implementing a 57-hour weekend curfew beginning at 8:00 p.m. (MDT) on Friday, April 10, to 5:00 a.m. (MDT) on Monday, April 13 to slow the spread of the Dikos Nstaaígíí-19 (COVID-19) on the Navajo Nation.

APRIL 5, 2020
A person has died in the Gila River Indian Community due to COVID-19.
APRIL 5, 2020
Officials say the 53-year-old woman with underlying health conditions is the first to die from the virus in the community.

The woman died on Saturday after battling her sickness in the ICU of a hospital, according to a press release from the Gila River Indian Community.

APRIL 5, 2020

The Navajo nation has announced 33 new cases with total of 354 positive cases for COVID-19 in the Navajo Nation. They have also announced there are now a total of 14 confirmed deaths in the Navajo Nation.

The confirmed positive cases are in the following counties:

Navajo County, AZ: 149
Apache County, AZ: 33
Coconino County, AZ: 94
McKinley County, NM: 17
San Juan County, NM: 45
Cibola County, NM: 7
San Juan County, UT: 7
Socorro County, NM: 2
San Juan County, UT: 7
APRIL 5, 2020

Maricopa County announces 1,318 cases in the county, and 31 deaths.

APRIL 5, 2020

The total number of positive tests for COVID-19 has reached 321 for the Navajo Nation as of Saturday – an increase of 51 cases since Friday, according to the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service, in coordination with the Navajo Epidemiology Center. There is now a total of 13 confirmed deaths related to COVID-19. The 321 confirmed positive cases include the following counties:
Navajo County, AZ: 137
Apache County, AZ: 31
Coconino County, AZ: 90
McKinley County, NM: 17
San Juan County, NM: 30
Cibola County, NM: 7
San Juan County, UT: 7
Socorro County, NM: 2
San Juan County, UT: 7
On Saturday, the Navajo Police Department began issuing citations and fines for individuals who violate the Navajo Nation’s “Stay at Home Order” and daily curfew that requires all residents to be home between 8:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

APRIL 4, 2020:

Mohave County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) has been notified of three additional cases in the Lake Havasu City service area. One of the three cases, currently hospitalized locally, is an out-of-state resident and will not be included in the official case count for Mohave County. There are now 9 positive confirmed cases in the Lake Havasu City area, six in Kingman, and two in Bullhead City. One of the 17 has passed away and has become the first COVID-19-related death in the county. This person was over the age of 65 and had other underlying health conditions.

APRIL 4, 2020

Coconino County Health Officials say there are now 153 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with ten deaths. Of the 153 cases, 34 are in the Greater Flagstaff Area, 27 are in Page and 91 are in tribal jurisdictions. There have been 585 negative tests with 25 tests pending. The age group with the most cases continues to be people 65 and older with 42. There are 2,019 cases of coronavirus in Arizona with 52 dead.

APRIL 4, 2020:

President Trump has approved Arizona’s request for a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration, according to Arizona Governor Doug Ducey. This will bring more resources & assets to bear in our fight against COVID-19.

APRIL 4, 2020:

Honeywell will produce more than six-million N95 masks for Arizona. The announcement came Saturday morning from Governor Doug Ducey's Office.

APRIL 3, 2020

The Navajo Department of Health has announced 29 additional cases making the total number of positive tests for coronavirus 270 in the Navajo Nation, with 12 confirmed deaths.

The positive cases are in the following counties:
Navajo County, AZ: 112
Apache County, AZ: 22
Coconino County, AZ: 83
McKinley County, NM: 15
San Juan County, NM: 26
Cibola County, NM: 4
San Juan County, UT: 7
Socorro County, NM: 1
San Juan County, UT: 7
"We're at a point where the number of new cases will continue to climb each day, unless everyone begins to take this matter serious. Today, we received reports of bingo games taking place in a few areas - this needs to stop immediately! We have a public health crisis going on, and this is the type of irresponsible activities that put us all at risk," said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez in a statement.

APRIL 3, 2020

The Phoenix Fire Department released new guidelines for the public when calling for emergency services. The department says that if you have mild symptoms and are concerned that you may have coronavirus, to contact your personal care doctor first before calling 911. If you feel you need emergency help, make sure to tell the dispatcher what symptoms you are having. And if you call 911 for something unrelated to COVID-19 symptoms, still make sure to tell the dispatcher if you are feeling any symptoms that could be related.

APRIL 3, 2020

Governor Doug Ducey has clarified which businesses are now considered "essential" in Arizona, and some will be forced to close by 5 p.m. tomorrow if they haven't already. This includes barbershops and salons among others. Click here for that information.

APRIL 2, 2020
The Navajo Nation has announced 27 new positive cases of COVID-19, totaling 241 for the Navajo Nation. There is now a total of eight confirmed deaths related to COVID-19.
APRIL 2, 2020
The confirmed cases are in the following counties:
Navajo County, AZ: 104
Apache County, AZ: 22
Coconino County, AZ: 63
McKinley County, NM: 16
San Juan County, NM: 25
Cibola County, NM: 4
San Juan County, UT: 7
Cibola County, NM: 4
APRIL 2, 2020

A day after the mayor of Sedona made a public plea discouraging people from visiting Sedona in an effort to promote social distancing and to slow the spread of COVID-19, officials announced Thursday the closures of some of the more popular hiking trails in the city.

Beginning on Saturday morning, April 4, the U.S. Forest Office will close the Devil's Bridge Trailhead, Cathedral Rock Trailhead, Bell Rock, and Courthouse Butte Loop Trail, ABC15 has learned.

APRIL 2, 2020

Two employees with Northern Arizona Healthcare have tested positive for COVID-19.

Flo Spyrow, CEO of Northern Arizona Healthcare, said in a video press conference on Thursday that two employees tested positive that morning.

Phoenix Police Department warns staff after employee tests positive for coronavirus. The need for personal protective equipment for healthcare workers is one of the greatest needs still in the northern part of Arizona, like much of the country.

APRIL 2, 2020

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide surpassed 1 million on Thursday as cases in the United States and much of Europe continue to spike, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University .

As of 4 p.m. ET Thursday, there are 1.02 million cases. Nearly 23% of all confirmed COVID-19 cases are from the United States.

APRIL 2, 2020
Gov. Ducey order allows certain prescriptions to be refilled without a doctor visit.
APRIL 2, 2020
Pharmacists will be allowed to dispense emergency refills of maintenance medications for a 90-day supply, and an additional 90-day supply if needed.

Arizonans will also be able to receive a refill on their medication for up to 180 days, while avoiding the trip to the doctor.

Phone-in prescriptions will be allowed to be sent to the pharmacy via fax, scan, or photo as long as the original, hard copy prescription is kept by the prescriber.

APRIL 2, 2020

Department officials are notifying staff after a member of the Phoenix Police Department tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday, according to an email sent to employees.

Officials sent out a letter to Phoenix police employees on Thursday, stating that the case was confirmed on March 31 and that the staff member "was only at work for a short time over a week ago."

APRIL 2, 2020

The Navajo Nation is reporting 40 new cases of COVID-19. According to the avajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service, the total number of cases for the Navajo Nation has reached 214. There remains seven confirmed deaths related to coronavirus.

The 214 cases include the following counties:
Navajo County, AZ: 97
Apache County, AZ: 22
Coconino County, AZ: 49
McKinley County, NM: 14
San Juan County, NM: 22
San Juan County, NM: 22
San Juan County, UT: 7
San Juan County, UT: 7
San Juan County, UT: 7
APRIL 1, 2020

Governor Doug Ducey has requested a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration from the federal government. The disaster declaration would “provide access to expanded mental health care, supplement the efforts of tribal health care workers, provide grants to reduce the risk of loss of life or property during future emergencies, make available legal assistance to low-income Arizonans, expand food assistance and other services to low-income households impacted by COVID-19 and more.”

APRIL 1, 2020

Summit Healthcare, partnered with Arizona Department of Health Services and Navajo County Public Health Officials, announces case of COVID-19. The patient is a Navajo County resident who has been transitioned to a Phoenix facility. Any individuals who have been identified as having been exposed through this case will be contacted directly by public health officials.

APRIL 1, 2020

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation says Tribal Council decided Monday to extend temporary closure of We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort and government offices for Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation through April 30. The Nation has committed to pay employees with benefits during suspension of operations.

MARCH 31, 2020

The Navajo Nation has announced 26 new cases and two additional deaths, totaling 174 cases, and seven for the Navajo Nation.

The confirmed cases in the Navajo Nation are as follows:

Navajo County, AZ: 85
Apache County, AZ: 17
Coconino County, AZ: 40
McKinley County, NM: 10
San Juan County, NM: 15
Cibola County, NM: 1
San Juan County, UT: 6
Cibola County, NM: 1
MARCH 31, 2020

REMINDER: St. Mary’s Food Bank will continue to be open throughout pandemic crisis despite stay-at-home order, as it is an “essential” service. They have seen large crowds Tuesday, possibly due to rush ahead of 5 p.m. stay-at-home order start time.

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