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Coronavirus in Arizona: Tracking latest cases, updates in our state

Posted: 2:43 PM, Mar 03, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-22 22:53:09-04
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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.
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NUMBER OF CASES IN ARIZONA

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, here are the latest totals of those tested and those who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Arizona. This was last updated on March 21, 2020.

Number of deaths: 1
Number of cases: 104
Number of pending cases: 122
Number of people tested: 394
Number of cases ruled out: 240

Case Locations by County:
Maricopa: 49
Pinal: 14
Pima: 12
Navajo: 10
(Navajo Nation: 14)
Coconino: 11
Yavapai: 1
Cochise: 1
Cochise: 1
Graham: 1
Yuma: 1

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MARCH 21, 2020

Governor Doug Ducey has announced a shipment of medical supplies for Arizona health care professionals from the Strategic National Stockpile. He made the announcement while touring the shipment along with Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ. According to a statement from the governor's office, the shipment includes more than 440,000 personal protective equipment that will be distributed to county health departments to provide to local hospitals and medical professionals as they address the COVID-19 outbreak and treat patients. The list of items include: surgical face masks, surgical gowns, coveralls, gloves, and N95 masks.

This weekend's shipment represents 25 percent of Arizona's share of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS), which is overseen by the Department of Health and Human Services. ADHS has requested an additional shipment of supplies from the SNS, which is expected to arrive later this month.

MARCH 21, 2020

The Pinal County Public Health Department has confirmed four new cases of COVID-19 in Pinal County. They are listed as:

  • A female in her 40s
  • A female in her 60s
  • A male in his 60s
  • A male in his 70s

All are isolated at home and recovering. None of these cases are related to each other or any previous cases.
This brings the total number of cases in Pinal County to fourteen. Only one of these is currently hospitalized.

MARCH 21, 2020

The Maricopa County Health Department is reporting 49 cases of coronavirus. According to its latest numbers, 17 females and 32 males have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The majority of cases are in the age range of 41 to 65-years-old. For the full report click here.

MARCH 21, 2020

The City of Peoria confirms one of their employees has tested postive for COVID-19. In a statement to ABC15, a Peoria city official said the employee was last seen on City premises on March 11. All known City staff who have recently interacted with the infected employee have been notified. In addition, specific instructions and exposure protocols from the CDC were provided to these staff members. Also per CDC protocol, the city is undergoing a deep cleaning of potentially affected areas. Similar cleaning measures will be undertaken in various City facilities, and we will continue our elevated efforts to disinfect and sanitize.

MARCH 20, 2020

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez announced Friday night a "Stay at Home Order" for all residents of the Navajo Nation.

MARCH 20, 2020

Coconino County announced Friday evening that their number of confirmed cases has increased from 5 to 11, bringing the state total to 70.


MARCH 20, 2020

An Arizona man has died after being diagnosed with coronavirus, marking the state's first COVID-19-related death, the Arizona Department of Health Services and Maricopa County Department of Public Health announced late Friday.

The man, who was in his 50s, had underlying health conditions, according to a statement. The county health department said it was "in the process of notifying close contacts of this person and will be asking them to monitor for symptoms."

According to a letter sent from the City of Phoenix Manager obtained by ABC15, the patient worked for the City of Phoenix Aviation Department.

"Our employee worked in a remote office and had minimal public interaction within any of the terminals and related airport facilities," the letter reads.

MARCH 20, 2020

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced Friday his plans to issue an executive order that would expand access to unemployment benefits, as well as moving the state tax filing deadline to July 15. Read more.

MARCH 20, 2020

Fry's Food Stores are reducing their hours an hour and adding special hours for those 60 and up, known as "senior hours."

Beginning on Monday, March 23, Fry's Food Stores will now open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. (they've been closing at 10 p.m. before), Fry's announced on Friday. The stores will also open an hour before the public, from 6 a.m. - 7 a.m., Monday - Thursday, for those 60 years and older. View current grocery store hours.

MARCH 20, 2020

Cochise County on Friday confirmed they had diagnosed their first positive case of coronavirus. County health officials said all direct and appropriate contacts with the individual are being investigated by their epidemiologist team.
“We can confirm that a female adult has tested positive for COVID-19,” said Carrie Langley, the County’s Health Director. “Following domestic travel, she is self-isolating, managing her symptoms at home and is recovering from the illness.”

MARCH 20, 2020

Yuma County announced its first confirmed case of COVID-19. Marine Corps Air Station Yuma commanding officer, Colonel David Suggs confirmed the infected individual is a Marine. He says as many as 150 Marines are currently in "restricted movement" on base. Yuma Mayor Doug Nicholls issued a proclamation at a press conference this morning saying the City of Yuma is following in compliance with the Governor’s Executive Order for all counties with a confirmed case of COVID-19. The order includes closure of all bars, restaurants, gyms, and theaters.

MARCH 20, 2020

MARCH 20, 2020

Arizona Department of Child Safety said Thursday, effectively immediately, visitation between children and parents will be virtual. “Effective immediately and lasting through Sunday, April 5, 2020, the Department and contracted SVO/PA providers are approved to conduct virtual visitation for parenting time between children and parents. This directive is time limited and will be revisited on a weekly basis to determine if a continuation is required beyond April 5th.” Latest information on their website.

MARCH 19, 2020

The Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area IHS have announced 11 new cases of COVID-19 in the Navajo Nation. That now brings the total number of positive cases of the coronavirus in Arizona to 64 along with 14 just in the Navajo Nation.

"We are awaiting more details on the cases. We understand that the public has many questions and we ask that the public be patient until the facts are gathered - we do not want to report any misinformation. I assure everyone that the Navajo Health Command Operations Center, Navajo Area IHS, and 638 Tribal Health Organizations are working proactively to investigate each case to prevent the spread of the virus. Everyone must remain home at this point and let the health care and emergency experts do their jobs. Please be respectful and adhere to their directions as they are doing their best to protect our communities," said Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez.

MARCH 19, 2020

Coconino County now says its count of presumptive positive cases has increased from two to eight, which appears to bring the state of Arizona's total to 53.

MARCH 19, 2020

Santa Cruz County in southern Arizona has identified its first presumptive positive case of coronavirus, according to an announcement on the county's website Thursday night. The individual reportedly traveled to an area where community transmission is present.

MARCH 19, 2020

Yavapai County Community Health Services has confirmed Yavapai County now has its first presumptive positive case of COVID-19 with the diagnosis of a Sedona resident. This marks Arizona's 46th case.

MARCH 19, 2020

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced a series of actions on Thursday afternoon to further help prevent the spread of COVID-19. "This is an all-in effort," he said in a tweet.

Among them:

  • He activated the National Guard “to assist grocery stores & food banks in the face of heightened demand.”
  • Issued an Executive Order that closes bars, movie theaters, and gyms in counties that have confirmed cases of COVID-19. Restaurants are only allowed to serve carry-out, takeout, curbside pickup and delivery.
  • Issued an Executive Order to delay expiration dates on Arizona driver’s licenses

MARCH 19, 2020
The mayor of Chandler has declared a state of emergency following in the direction of several other cities in Arizona that have also made an emergency declaration. Mayor Kevin Hartke says in doing so he urges businesses, restaurants, food courts, retail food facilities and other establishments to use delivery ad to-go services to reduce the spread of the virus.

MARCH 19, 2020

Paypal announced Thursday that it has been notified of a presumptive positive case of an employee at their Chandler office. The company says it has sent staff home and closed the Chandler office.

Paypal released the following statement:

"We are treating the employee situation at our Chandler office as presumed positive case of COVID-19. To protect employee health and well-being, we’ve sent staff home and closed the office location. During this closure, the potentially affected office premises will be sanitized and disinfected in accordance with health guidelines. PayPal will also conduct contact tracing to minimize potential impact. We will continue to follow the guidance provided by local health departments and regulators in prioritizing the health and safety of our employees and the community."


MARCH 19, 2020

In response to the coronavirus outbreak, Pima County Supervisors are ordering strict closures for unincorporated parts of the county. The board voted three to two to close all restaurants, bars, theaters, gyms and other businesses where person-to-person is likely effective at 8 p.m. tonight. Violators will face charges of a Class One Misdemeanor. The restrictions last until March 31.

MARCH 19, 2020

Through a proclamation, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell has ordered the closure of all gyms, fitness centers, workout studios, movie theaters, in-dining restaurants, and bars. Gyms and fitness centers have to close at 1 p.m. Thursday. Movie theaters, restaurants, and bars, have to close at 8 p.m. However, restaurants can remain open for curbside pick-up and delivery.

MARCH 19, 2020

Camp Verde Mayor Charles German has issued a proclamation declaring an emergency with respect to the coronavirus. Essential services will not be interrupted. Emergency services and public works will continue to function as usual. Ongoing information will be posted on the Town's website regarding other services and accessibility as it become available.

MARCH 19, 2020

Abrazo Health hospitals will not allow visitors starting on Friday, March 20. Banner is also not allowing visitors.

MARCH 19, 2020

In a tweet from Coconino County, officials just received word that partner lab, TGen, confirmed a second positive case of coronavirus in Coconino County. No further details are available at this time.

MARCH 19, 2020

Navajo Nation issues Public Health Emergency Order limiting gatherings and mass gatherings.

MARCH 19, 2020

Valley Metro says services will continue as planned for the time being. Paratransit is now single-rider only due to social distancing and disinfecting practices after use.

MARCH 19, 2020

Arizona health officials said Thursday morning there are now 44 cases of coronavirus confirmed in the state. Maricopa County jumps from 11 to 22 cases, Pinal County jumps from 8 to 10, Pima County jumps from 5 to 7. There are 130 state lab tests still pending.

MARCH 19, 2020

The Town of Queen Creek is closing all municipal buildings as of 6 p.m. today. Town officials released a statement saying they will continue to provide services to the public online and via phone (480-358-3000). The closure does not impact the delivery of critical services as staff will still report to the facilities or in an authorized telecommute situation. The closure is anticipated to remain in effect during the 15-day period of the Presidential recommended guidelines or as directed by the CDC.

MARCH 18, 2020:

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer were informed on Wednesday evening by the Navajo Department of Health that a third member of the Navajo Nation tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.

The third individual is a 62-year-old male from the same region as the first two confirmed cases within the Kayenta IHS Service Area. The first two cases reported on Tuesday, involved a 46-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man who were also transported to hospitals in the Phoenix area.

MARCH 18, 2020:

Luke Air Force Base officials said two members on the base have been confirmed positive with coronavirus. The individuals were isolated after first showing symptoms. These are the first instances of the virus reported at the West Valley base.

MARCH 18, 2020:

Coconino County has just announced its first case of the coronavirus, bringing the state total to 28.

Several additional casinos in Arizona just announced they will be closing for safety reasons. For the full list, click here.

Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino: The Ak-Chin Indian Community Tribal Council announced Wednesday that its casino in Maricopa, Arizona would close at 4 a.m. on Thursday, March 19 and would remain closed through April 2.

Desert Diamond West Valley Casino: The Tohono O’odham Nation announced that it will close all four of its Arizona casinos, including the newly-opened Desert Diamond West Valley Casino in Glendale, at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday evening.

Cliff Castle Casino and Hotel: The Yavapai-Apache Nation announced Wednesday in a news release that the Cliff Castle Casino & Hotel in Camp Verde, Arizona would close at 6 p.m. and would remain closed "until further notice."

MARCH 18, 2020:

The State of Arizona now has a 24 hour help line for seniors unable to access groceries. Call 602-264-4357 if you need help.

MARCH 18, 2020:

Phoenix Children’s announced Wednesday they have suspended the volunteer services program at all our locations until further notice.

MARCH 18, 2020:

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and state officials share latest updates on how Arizona is battling COVID-19.

MARCH 18, 2020

Officials announced that Arizona Mills and Phoenix Premium Outlets is scheduled to close at 7 p.m. Wednesday night amid coronavirus concerns.

MARCH 18, 2020

Tempe City Council voted to declare a state of emergency for the city Wednesday afternoon. The Mayor of Buckeye declared a local emergency. Click here for details on the announcements and other cities' declarations.

MARCH 18, 2020

Officials with the Cincinnati Reds say an Arizona-based employee who worked at the Reds Spring Training Complex in Goodyear has tested positive for COVID-19. As a precaution, all of the Reds staff who came in close contact with the employee are being tested and have self-quarantined.

In response, the City of Goodyear released a statement saying the employee who tested positive for coronavirus had very limited interaction with the public. The statement adds the City of Goodyear continues to practice strict sanitizing measures at all city facilities.

MARCH 18, 2020

City of Show Low says city facilities will remain staffed, but in-person services will be limited. Aquatic center, public library, senior center and city campus gym will be closed to the public. Critical services like police, transit, court, water, wastewater and solid waste pickup will be fully available.

MARCH 18, 2020

Arizona health officials say there are now 27 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Arizona, up from 21 on Tuesday.

Maricopa County Department of Public Health says two new cases of COVID-19 in the county include a woman in her 40s who is recovering in isolation at home, and a man in his 70s who is also recovering in isolation at home.

Pinal County Public Health Department says three new cases in the county involve three women. One woman is in her 30s and recovering in isolation at home. A second is in her 30s, with no connection to the other woman, who is recovering in isolation at home. A third woman is in her 80s and is hospitalized.

MARCH 18, 2020

Banner hospitals are implementing new visitor restrictions. Beginning 7 a.m. Thursday, March 19, visitors will no longer be allowed in Banner hospitals. Exceptions: patients under the age of 18 may have one adult visitor with them and laboring mothers may have one support person with them. They are encouraging phone calls and video chats to stay in touch.

MARCH 18, 2020

Arizona Department of Transportation says its South Mountain MVD location in Phoenix is temporarily closed due to staff shortage. Available employees are being shifted to work at the Chandler location at 50 S. Beck Ave. MVD customers are urged to use ServiceArizona.com for as many needs as possible.

MARCH 18, 2020:

After initially saying they would remain open, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort both announced they they would temporarily close at 4 a.m. on Wednesday. Both will remain closed through March 31, a news release said.

MARCH 17, 2020:

Arizona public school students may not return to class before the end of the school year. State lawmakers plan to announce a plan Wednesday, which would include the possibility that students complete lesson plans at home through the end of May.

MARCH 17, 2020:

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told Republican Senators the U.S. Unemployment Rate could hit 20% as the spread of COVID-19 continues to plague the country, without government intervention.

MARCH 17, 2020:

Phoenix restaurants and bars are bracing for impact of closures following state of emergency issued Tuesday afternoon.

MARCH 17, 2020:

Now, some Valley residents are starting a new trend using social media. The goal is to fight these fears by offering help in the form of needed products to those in need. It is neighbors helping neighbors get through these unprecedented times we are now facing.

MARCH 17, 2020:

Gila River Hotels and Casinos announced Tuesday evening that it would temporarily close three of its casinos -- Wild Horse Pass, Lone Butte, and Vee Quiva -- for two weeks in an effort to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

MARCH 17, 2020

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez tweeted Tuesday night that a second member of the Navajo Nation has tested positive for coronavirus. The diagnosis marks the second in Navajo County, following the Arizona Department of Health's update earlier Tuesday that the northern Arizona county had seen its first positive case. Both patients are from the Kayenta-area in northeastern Arizona.

MARCH 17, 2020

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, there is a desperate need for blood donors and volunteers at food banks.

MARCH 17, 2020

Medical staff are on the front-lines of the COVID-19 pandemic and as they work to stop the spread and save those who are suffering, they also worry about how their jobs can affect their loved one’s health.

MARCH 17, 2020

Staving off economic disaster

MARCH 17, 2020:

Some short-term rental companies are refusing to offer refunds to out-of-state customers who want to cancel their upcoming trips to the Valley due to the pandemic outbreak of the coronavirus.

MARCH 17, 2020:

The Phoenix Zoo said Tuesday, they will temporarily close effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until further notice.

MARCH 17, 2020

MARCH 17, 2020:

Mayo Clinic will defer all elective care that can be deferred for eight or more weeks. This will include both elective surgeries, procedures and office visits. Semi-urgent, urgent and emergency care will continue in clinic and hospital settings. This deferment will be effective March 23 at all Mayo Clinic locations nationwide, including Mayo Clinic Health System.

This decision is being made to ensure the safest possible environment for our patients and staff and to free up resources to assist in Mayo Clinic’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Staff working in impacted areas will be redeployed where needed most.

MARCH 17, 2020:

MARCH 17, 2020:

MARCH 17, 2020

Arizona's Health Director announced that a state standing order has been declared that will allow those with symptoms to be tested, but dates and locations are to come.

MARCH 17, 2020

The Transportation Security Administration is consolidating two of its security checkpoints inside Phoenix Sky Harbor's Terminal 4. There are no planned changes to operations at Terminal 3, TSA said in a statement.

“Beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will consolidate its passenger screening operations in Terminal 4 at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. TSA will screen travelers at the “A” and “C” checkpoints only. Due to the configuration of the terminal, travelers will be able to get to any gate in Terminal 4 from either checkpoint. Operations in Terminal 3 remain unchanged.”

That means the "B" and "D" checkpoints will be closed.

MARCH 17, 2020

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego announced a closure of bars and transitioning restaurants to delivery/takeout/drive-thru only starting 8 p.m. tonight. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY.

MARCH 17, 2020

There are two new cases of coronavirus in Arizona, including one new case in Maricopa County and the first case in Navajo County.

MARCH 17, 2020

Valley grocery stores announce special shopping hours for seniors.

MARCH 17, 2020

Coconino County has opened a drive-up coronavirus testing facility at Fort Tuthill. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning on Tuesday, March 17.
An order for testing from a medical provider is required. They are not open to the public and people without proper documentation will be turned away, according to officials.

MARCH 17, 2020

ACT and SAT student testing dates have been postponed and canceled.

MARCH 16, 2020

Coronavirus testing options in Arizona

MARCH 16, 2020

The city of Flagstaff has announced food facilities will not be allowed to serve food and beverages for consumption on premises from March 17 at 8 p.m. through April 1.

"The Flagstaff City Mayor, Coral Evans has issued a proclamation deemed necessary for the protection of life and property in the city of Flagstaff closing a number of businesses and establishments to members of the public.... Members of the public are prohibited from entering and remaining to dine or consume beverages. Businesses that typically offer food and beverages for on-premises consumption are instead encouraged to offer food and beverage using delivery, window, drivethrough or drive-up service. If a business chooses to offer this type of “to-go” service, members of the public may remain on its premises for the purpose of picking up their food or beverage orders."

MARCH 16, 2020

Cox, APS, SRP stop disconnections amid COVID-19 concerns.

Most utilities--including Arizona Public Service, Salt River Project, Southwest Gas, Century Link, and Cox Communications--said they have waived late fees and suspended disconnections for non-payment for the immediate future.

Cox Communications said it has already made changes for residential customers that will last through May 15. This includes boosting internet speeds for residential lower tier plans Starter, StraightUp Internet and Connect2Compete to 50 Mbps, eliminating data overage charges, and rolling out free WiFi outdoor hot spots available for public use. Find a hotspot near you here.

A representative for Century Link told Commissioners the company is "trying to figure out ways to works with citizens who need internet and may not have it."

MARCH 16, 2020

The Diocese of Phoenix to suspend mass due to coronavirus.

There will be no weekday or Sunday masses in the Diocese of Phoenix and funerals and weddings will be limited to 10 guests. Confessions are to be celebrated outside the confessional in the main church or parish office, according to Bishop Olmsted with the Diocese of Phoenix. The churches and chapels will remain open for private prayer but they advise protocol for social distancing must be observed.

MARCH 16, 2020

MARCH 16, 2020
Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine spoke in a virtual press conference with Maricopa County Public Health saying Maricopa County is in the minimal to moderate category of the virus spread. Sunenshine says officials are working to find housing for those at high risk of contracting the virus and people who are experiencing symptoms.

She also says they will no longer be quarantining healthcare workers who have been exposed to the virus.

Sunenshine along with other healthcare workers advise that people contact the healthcare facility they plan visiting if they are experiencing symptoms, prior to arriving. They ask this so they can take proper precautions to make sure others in the facility are not exposed to the virus.

MARCH 16, 2020
Attorneys for Arizona prison inmates have filed an emergency motion in federal court asking a judge to order the Department of Corrections to immediately work with an independent medical expert to develop and implement a plan to prevent and management a coronavirus outbreak.

The motion filed by the Prison Law Office and ACLU follows a March 14 letter they sent to the state’s lawyers.

In the letter, the advocacy legal organizations wrote that state prisons are crowded and filthy breeding grounds for infectious disease, and officials could not provide documented plans and procedures for COVID-19.

“We are extremely concerned that ADC and Centurion were unable to describe any plans to address the pandemic or to protect and treat the many elderly and ill patients in the prison beyond stating that they planned to come up with a plan,” according to the letter written by Corene Kendrick, a Prison Law Office attorney who also toured the Florence prison last week. “We are dealing with a life and death situation for tens of thousands of people.”

Read more here.

MARCH 16, 2020
The Trump administration’s coronavirus task force has announced strict new guidelines in an effort to restrict the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus.

President Donald Trump said Monday that his administration is recommending the following:

  • Schooling from home, if possible
  • Avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people
  • Avoiding discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits
  • And, avoiding bars, re
  • staurants and food courts


MARCH 15, 2020
The city of Flagstaff has declared a State of Emergency due to the coronavirus.

"The city recognizes the necessity of precautionary measures due to the widespread nature of the threat posed to public health and safety of our community as referenced in the Governor's Declaration of Emergency."
"We are working closely with Coconino County Health and Human Services who under state law is delegated the authority over public health matters on our local response to monitor this situation and ensure the safety and well-being of our community," said Mayor Coral Evans. "City officials say they are making plans for "event and facility closures, modified staffing plans and work-from-home programs."

MARCH 15, 2020

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone is making changes at jail facilities due to the COVID-19 virus. On Sunday afternoon, the sheriff released a statement saying “I feel that it is appropriate to immediately suspend access into our jail facilities for volunteer or supplemental services.” Penzone says this will not affect access for court ordered interactions or legal obligations. He adds that at this time there is no confirmed case of coronavirus in the jail system, but the decision is being made as a precautionary measure to protect officers, staff, and inmates.

MARCH 15, 2020

Some Phoenix restaurants are closing their dining rooms because of COVID-19.

because of the COVID-19 pandemic -- and in an effort to protect their staff and customers -- some restaurants are making temporary changes to their operations, including closing their dining rooms and instead offering carry-out orders, curbside pickup and, in some cases, delivery.

MARCH 15, 2020

Pima County health officials announced a third presumptive positive case, bringing our state total to 13. PCHD says the individual is an older adult who currently recovering in a hospital, and it is the county's first positive diagnosis as a result of commercial testing done by a private laboratory.

MARCH 15, 2020

Mesa Public Schools Interim Superintendent Dr. Pete Lesar announced late Saturday evening on the district's website that schools would not open on Monday, March 16 and that it was not known how long schools would be closed. However, school-based and district-based employees should report to work on Monday to check in with their principals or supervisors.

MARCH 14, 2020:

The Pima Unified School District says that health officials have asked for students in two different grade levels from Pima Elementary School in Graham County to be quarantined after a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.

MARCH 14, 2020

Several Valley grocery stores announced Saturday that they are temporarily adjusting their store hours to allow more time for stocking shelves and cleaning amid coronavirus concerns.

MARCH 14, 2020

One new case was confirmed in Maricopa County while Graham County reported its first case on Saturday.

Maricopa County Public Health has confirmed its 4th presumptive positive case of COVID-19. The case is a woman in her 30’s who is isolated & recovering at home. MCDPH is investigating to identify close contacts of this case & make recommendations to prevent further spread.

MARCH 13, 2020

The Arizona Department of Corrections has announced it has suspended visitation at all state prison complexes for 30 days in an effort to reduce the risk the virus poses to inmates and staff. The prohibition takes effect immediately and applies to both state-run facilities and those operated by third parties. It also applies to non-contact visits, the department said in a statement Friday night.

During the visit suspension, inmates will be allowed two 15-minute phone calls per week free of charge.

"With additional cases of COVID-19 expected in Arizona, the Department is taking this action to mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19 within our prisons and its impact on staff and inmates, as well as to ensure the continued effective operation of the state correctional system in the service of public safety," the department of corrections said.

Currently, there are no confirmed coronavirus cases in the Arizona prison system.

MARCH 13, 2020

The Pima Unified School District says a staff member who was previously exposed to the coronavirus has now tested positive. It's unclear if this is the 10th case in Arizona announced earlier Friday by the Pima County Health Department or if this is an additional case. A statement was posted online by the PUSD Friday.

"The Pima Elementary staff member who had been exposed to Coronavirus has tested positive. A clinic specific for Pima students will be opened to provide testing of symptomatic students early next week in Pima. The clinic will be open at Pima Junior High School Monday, March 16, Tuesday, March 17 and Friday, March 20 from 9am to 3 pm. More information will be provided as soon as it is available," the district said in a statement.

March 13, 2020

The Pima County Health Department says a second person has tested "presumptive positive" for the coronavirus, bringing the state's total to 10.

March 13, 2020

March 13, 2020

Tempe Union High School District closing schools starting Monday until further notice.

March 13, 2020

In a joint statement, Secretaries of State from Arizona, Florida, Illinois and Ohio said Friday that their primaries will still take place on Tuesday.

March 13, 2020

The Luke Days air show that was scheduled for March 21 and 22 has been canceled "due to growing COVID-19 concerns and to mitigate health risks to attendees," Luke Air Force Base says.

March 13, 2020

The Islamic Community Center of Tempe's leadership and administration, in consultation with medical professionals and scholars, have determined that Friday prayers will be suspended March 13th, 2020. The five daily prayers/salahs will be suspended starting Friday, 3/13/2020 and all ICC programs and classes will canceled until further notice starting 3/13/2020.

March 13, 2020

Little League, the organization that oversees more than 6,500 baseball and softball programs around the world, said Thursday that it was suspending all activities until "no earlier than April 6." The organization asked leagues that have already begun their seasons to postpone activities and asked that all reorganize their schedules.

March 13, 2020

All Tempe Elementary schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, 2020. Students will not return to school after Spring Break until further notice.

March 13, 2020

Universal Studios is the latest entertainment venue to shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. Both the Hollywood and Orlando theme parks confirmed on their Twitter accounts that they would be temporarily shutting down.

March 12, 2020

March 12, 2020

The Alhambra Elementary School District in Phoenix is closing all of its schools until further notice starting Monday, in the wake of continued coronavirus concerns across our state.

March 12, 2020

On a conference call with Gov. Doug Ducey, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, and AZDHS Dir. Cara Christ, officials said they are not recommending widespread school closures at this time. According to state officials, should it change, schools are encouraged to contact their county departments of health about possible closures.

March 12, 2020

It was announced that Disneyland and California Adventure would be closed starting March 15 through the end of the month.

March 12, 2020

The Arizona State House and Senate galleries will be closed to the public starting March 13, with several recommendations to those in the building, including to avoid shaking hands and minimize in-person meetings.

March 12, 2020

Sun Devil Athletics will be canceling all sport competitions, effective immediately, until further notice. This decision has been made in consultation with other Pac-12 member universities in an effort to limit the spread of the COVID-19 and in the interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes, campus personnel, working and event personnel, and all those who attend Pac-12 events.

March 12, 2020

Arizona Tennis Classic, the ATP Challenger Tour event scheduled for March 16-22, has been postponed until 2021 due to escalating health and safety issues arising from the global outbreak of COVID-19.

March 12, 2020

The Arizona Department of Health Services says they have received more than $12 million from the Centers for Disease Control to help combat the spread of coronavirus in our state. A statement from the agency on Thursday morning said:

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) announced that Arizona will receive $12.4 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to support the public health response to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is in addition to the $500,000 already received from the CDC on March 4. ADHS will work with local public health departments to develop and implement plans to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona. Key funding priorities will include surveillance and investigation activities, laboratory testing, infection control supply procurement and distribution, and risk communication.

March 12, 2020

The United Soccer League has said they are suspending the 2020 season for at least 30 days over concerns for "the health and safety of players, fans, and staff." The Phoenix Rising retweeted the announcement Thursday morning.

March 12, 2020

Sources close to the decision-making say the Democratic debate scheduled for Phoenix on Sunday has been moved to Washington, D.C. out of an abundance of caution. The DNC had previously said that the debate would not have a live audience at the venue due to concerns over coronavirus.

March 12, 2020

PAC-12 has canceled remainder of sporting competitions. UA was scheduled for tennis, basketball on Thursday. ASU was scheduled for basketball Thursday.

March 12, 2020

Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall tells 98.7's Doug and Wolf that they will operate "as usual" until further notice.

March 12, 2020

Maricopa County Community Colleges sent a message to employees that they are extending Spring Break for students for one week and is preparing for possible remote classes in the near future.

A message sent from the Office of the Interim Chancellor Thursday says: “Maricopa faculty, staff and administration will report back to work on Monday, March 16 and use the week to prepare for academic continuity (whatever that may look like) for up to 2 weeks (possibly longer) in an online environment or alternative format. My expectation is that all employees return to their respective College to do this critical work, which may involve training and meetings to ensure that we are ready to move to an online/distance/alternative teaching and learning environment and to work remotely – if required at some point. All other district and college operations and services will continue as usual until further notice. This decision is meant to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 throughout our community and protect those who are more susceptible to severe illnesses and at the same time ensure legitimate opportunities for student academic progress leading to successful course completion.”

The message also says: "The entire Maricopa community will be notified no later than Friday, March 20 regarding how we will move forward to ensure students achieve the required learning outcomes for successful completion of their Spring 2020 classes."

March 12, 2020

Pima Unified School District says "school is closed" Thursday, according to its Facebook page. Buses will be running Thursday to ensure notification to students, but no one will be transported.

Here's their Facebook post: "As you know the nation is being gripped by the spread of the coronavirus. We have received a report of possible exposure to an unknown illness for some students at Pima Elementary School. Parents of those students have received separate notification. Out of an abundance of caution, while the County health department determines if this is in fact an incidence of coronavirus, Pima Schools will be closed for Thursday, March 12. Information about extracurricular activities will come in subsequent notifications."

March 12, 2020

Sun City West will be shutting doors of facilities starting Thursday night.

Sun City West closing facilities amid coronavirus

March 11, 2020

Coronavirus: Arizona's big developments

March 11, 2020:

On Wednesday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer declared a Public Health State of Emergency for the Navajo Nation in response to the growing spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, also known as "Diko Ntsaaígíí-Náhást'éíts'áadah" in the Navajo language. There are no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus on the Navajo Nation, however the declaration is a proactive measure to help ensure the Navajo Nation's preparedness and the health and well-being of the Navajo people.

Two possible COVID-19 cases being tested

March 11, 2020:

March 11, 2020:
On Wednesday night, UArizona President Robert C. Robbins announced the university will delay the start of classes to March 18 and will move to online instruction wherever possible.

  • Residence halls, recreational facilities, food services and Campus Health are open now and will remain open.
  • Classes will continue in online mode until Monday, April 6, at which time the University will assess its operational status.
  • All public events will continue, with the exception of the Bear Down Music Fest, unless otherwise announced.

March 11, 2020:

The NBA has confirmed its season has been suspended after a player has tested positive on Wednesday for coronavirus.
"The NBA announced that a player on the Utah Jazz preliminary tested positive for COVID-19," the NBA said in a statement. "The test result was reported shortly prior of tonight's game between the Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. At that time, tonight's game was canceled. The affected player was not in the arena."

"The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight's schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic."

ESPN reported that the player that tested positive was Jazz star Rudy Gobert.

March 11, 2020:
NAU President Rita Cheng says there are no confirmed cases at NAU, in Flagstaff, or in Coconino County. The university is working closely with local agencies across Arizona to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff at their 20 statewide locations.
Cheng says NAU remains fully operational and the university expects faculty to hold classes and students to attend classes and complete coursework through the remainder of the week.

"As a result of recommendations from our COVID-19 task force, we have canceled several large campus events this week, as well as some student trips scheduled for spring break. Please do not cancel programs or events without conferring with academic or executive leadership. We are creating protocols and procedures that will allow us to review events that are scheduled after spring break in order to make appropriate decisions," said Rita Cheng

March 11, 2020:
Arizona State University announced Wednesday that after its Spring Break it will move all in-person classes (when possible) to online.

According to an email sent out by ASU President Michael Crow, effective Monday, March 16, the following changes will occur:

"All in-person classes wherever possible will transition to online instruction. Classes will continue in this mode for two weeks, at which time the university will assess where things stand with COVID-19. Additional information will follow shortly with specific instruction for faculty and students on how to transition to online instruction. The university remains open. University housing, computer labs, food service, health clinics, counseling services, research labs and all other aspects of the university remain open. All public events will continue unless otherwise announced."

March 11, 2020:

The San Carlos Apache Healthcare Corporation announced Wednesday that two patients were seen at the San Carlos Apache Health Center that appeared to have coronavirus like symptoms. Both patients have been tested for the virus but results have not come back yet.

The two people are being quarantined. Their immediate family and anyone who has had recent contact with the two are also being asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

March 11, 2020:

Several major airlines have announced deep cuts to their international and domestic schedules amid coronavirus concerns.

Coronavirus hits airline industry hard

March 11, 2020:

Arizona State University announced Wednesday that after its Spring Break it will move all in-person classes (when possible) to online.

March 11, 2020:

Gov. Doug Ducey has declared a public health emergency in Arizona as coronavirus continues to spread in our state.

March 11, 2020:

There are now 9 cases of coronavirus in the state, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services: 3 in Maricopa County, 5 in Pinal County and 1 in Pima County.

Pinal County Public Health Department says two more residents have been diagnosed with coronavirus. Both cases are from the same household as the previously reported three cases. The new patients are over 60 years old. They are said to be recovering at home.

Maricopa County Department of Public Health says a new presumptive positive case involves a man in his 90s. Officials say the patient is recovering at the hospital and is stable condition. Close contacts of the patient are being identified and will be notified of recommendations to prevent further spread. Officials say a "facility" is working to clean after the patient.

March 10, 2020:

How schools are preparing for coronavirus spread in Arizona:

School districts taking steps over spring break regarding coronavirus

March 10, 2020:

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego confirmed Tuesday afternoon, there will be no live audience for the Democratic debate in Phoenix this Sunday.

March 10, 2020:

Coronavirus impacting Arizona hotels

March 10, 2020:

March 10, 2020:

Intel Corporation said Tuesday an employee who was recently on a business trip to the Chandler campus, near Chandler Boulevard and Rural Road, has contracted coronavirus. The company released a statement Tuesday saying, "We wish our employee a speedy recovery. The health and wellbeing of our workers and visitors are our top priorities. We will cooperate with local health authorities as needed and we're working to ensure that all our personnel have the resources and information they need to say safe."

On Monday, Sky Harbor Airport said it is taking extra precautions after learning that two Canadian passengers who flew out of Phoenix to Toronto last month tested positive.

March 10, 2020:

The Arizona Department of Health Services released their latest coronavirus case and test counts in the state. The total number of cases remains at 6 across the state, while the number of pending tests jumped to 27 from 7 pending cases on Monday.

March 9, 2020:

Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona Department of Health Services Director Cara Christ held a press conference on Monday to address the latest coronavirus updates in our state. Watch the press conference in the player below.

March 9, 2020:

A Pima County resident has tested presumptively positive for the coronavirus, known as COVID-19, county health officials announced Monday afternoon.

March 9, 2020:

March 9, 2020:
Sky Harbor Airport is taking extra precautions after it was discovered that two Canadian passengers who flew out of Phoenix to Toronto last month have tested positive for coronavirus.

March 8, 2020:
The Arizona Department of Health Services confirmed Sunday a person who previously tested positive for coronavirus is a member of the American Leadership Academy, Ironwood K-12 Campus in Queen Creek. The person is believed to live with a female healthcare worker in her 40s from Pinal County who was diagnosed on Friday.

March 8, 2020:
Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar announced Sunday that he is under self-quarantine after coming in contact with an individual who has tested positive for the coronavirus. In a statement issued, Gosar, who represents Arizona's 4th District, said, “I have been informed that during the CPAC conference members of my staff and I came into contact with an individual who has since tested positive for, and is hospitalized for, COVID-19. I was with the individual for an extended period of time, and we shook hands several times." Gosar went on to say he and his staff members are not experiencing any symptoms, but in order to prevent any potential transmission, he is going to remain at home in Arizona for a 14-day period following his contact with the confirmed patient. The congressman said he is also closing his office in Washington, D.C. for the week. He said his team will be telecommuting instead.

March 6, 2020:
A Pinal County woman announced a new presumptive positive coronavirus patient was believed to be the first case that was "community spread," and now two others in her household have also been diagnosed. County health officials confirmed a second presumptive positive case in the state Friday, identifying the patient as a female healthcare worker in her 40s from Pinal County. Heads of the heath departments for Maricopa and Pinal counties did not identify where the woman works. She is currently hospitalized in stable condition in Maricopa County.

March 5, 2020:
Three Scottsdale firefighters and a two-person ambulance crew placed under isolation protocol after treating a patient that later tested positive for the coronavirus. A statement sent from the City of Scottsdale says a four-person fire crew and two-person ambulance crew treated and transported a man who later tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Once the positive coronavirus test was received, the four-person fire crew and two-person ambulance crew were excluded from work as a precautionary measure and will follow social distancing guidelines for 12-14 days per direction from Maricopa County Public Health.” One of those firefighters has since been cleared to return for work. The other five are still under isolation protocol, but have not shown any symptoms of the coronavirus.

March 4, 2020:
HonorHealth employees received an email from CEO Todd LaPorte revealing a patient recently hospitalized at their Scottsdale Osborn location tested positive for the coronavirus. The email states the company's main goal is to ensure employee safety while continuing to provide critical services to the community. Health officials say the patient, who was confirmed as a "presumptive positive" case on Tuesday, is now in isolation at home and the department will continue to advise the hospital on its next steps.

March 3, 2020:
The Arizona Department of Health Services says more people have been tested for coronavirus in our state, with one person determined to be a new “presumptive positive.” As of early Tuesday morning, Arizona had seen one confirmed case of coronavirus, when a member of the Arizona State University community was diagnosed in January. The man, who was diagnosed shortly after returning from travel to Wuhan, China, was released from isolation in late February and is now fully recovered, according to a statement from ASU.

March 2, 2020:
Arizona education leaders are receiving information from the Arizona Department of Health Services on how to prepare in the event of a coronavirus outbreak. In a letter sent to school leaders, State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman says school closures are not recommended at this time, but if they were to happen, parents should have a plan in place for child care. The letter also states schools should look for opportunities to address food security for families who rely on school meals.

Governor Doug Ducey and Arizona health officials gave a public update Monday about coronavirus in the state. Gov. Ducey spoke alongside the Director of Arizona Department of Health Services Dr. Cara Christ, Director of the Division of Emergency Management Wendy Smith-Reeve, and Director of AHCCCS Jami Snyder. The Arizona Department of Health Services says they've tested 26 people for the virus so far across the state, including the one person that tested positive. Ducey says the state is communicating with the CDC and developing guidance for partners and state agencies as they continue to test for the coronavirus.

Feb. 26, 2020:
Arizona's top health official tells ABC15 that they are expecting community transmissions of the coronavirus, and possibly soon. Dr. Cara Christ, Director of Arizona's Department of Health and Human Services, said it's hard to give an exact timeline. This information comes one day after the Center for Disease Control said publicly that it's not a matter of if, but when local communities will have transmissions. She went on to say that closures and stopping mass gatherings would be examined on a case-by-case basis. Christ tells ABC15 that health officials are talking with the CDC daily about the latest on coronavirus.

Feb. 21, 2020:
Maricopa County Public Health released a statement on Twitter stating that the ASU coronavirus patient has been cleared and has since been released from a month-long stint in isolation. "The individual, a male with ties to Arizona State University, has received multiple negative tests from CDC and meets the criteria to be released from isolation," MCPH wrote in a statement. The patient, whose identity has not been released by officials, was first isolated on January 26 after exhibiting symptoms, becoming the first confirmed case in Arizona.

Jan. 29, 2020:
Several more samples testing for the coronavirus in the state of Arizona have been sent to the Center for Disease Control. A spokesperson for the Arizona Department of Health Services would not say exactly how many samples were sent as that number will change based on the status of the public health investigation. The standard public health protocol for any suspected case is to self isolate if they are not in a healthcare facility.

Jan. 26, 2020:
The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health (MCDPH) have confirmed a person in Maricopa County has been diagnosed with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. The patient is said to be a member of the Arizona State University community, lives in Tempe, but does not live in university housing. ADHS officials said the person had recently returned from travel to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the illness.
HOW CORONAVIRUS IS SPREAD AND HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF
HOW CORONAVIRUS IS SPREAD AND HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

"COVID-19 is believed to be spread mostly through respiratory droplets produced when a sick person coughs or sneezes," the Maricopa County Department of Public Health says.

Signs and symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
The best way to prevent coronavirus and other respiratory diseases, according to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, is to:
• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home when you are sick.
• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water is not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
The EPA has also released a list of registered anti-microbial products for use against coronavirus. See the products here.
The EPA has also released a list of registered anti-microbial products for use against coronavirus. See the products here.
The EPA has also released a list of registered anti-microbial products for use against coronavirus. See the products here.
The EPA has also released a list of registered anti-microbial products for use against coronavirus. See the products here.