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Questions remain for Ducey, Dr. Christ about coronavirus response

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Posted at 8:18 PM, Apr 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 00:00:18-04

PHOENIX — Apart from some tweets and press releases Arizonans haven't seen or heard directly from Governor Doug Ducey or Dr.Cara Christ since Thursday's virtual town hall.

Thanks to one of Monday's tweets, we know that Ducey and Christ had a video conference with Vice-President Mike Pence.

Though it fails to mention what they actually talked about.

We wanted to know if the governor asked the Vice-President about the frustrations some small businesses have about the Paycheck Protection Program loans.

Viewers told ABC15 that Wells Fargo sent a notices over the weekend that it would not be approving loans for businesses with more than 50 employees.

It announced on Monday that the demand had been so strong it has stopped accepting applications altogether. Other banks have reportedly limited their lending to existing customers.

In a press release on Monday Ducey urged small business owners to participate in assistance webinars hosted by the Arizona Commerce Authority.

After several days of pressure, last week Ducey removed nail salons, hair salons, barbershops and spas from the essential services list.

But some ABC15 viewers still have concerns about what is and is not really essential.

One concerned mother writing, "I'm trying to understand why furniture stores are open...They allow the public in. The customers browse the store because they are bored staying home. My daughter is worried she'll get fired is she stops going in."

Ducey's office did not respond to our request for availability on Monday.

With the news over the weekend that projected peak number of deaths has decreased to 17 on April 23 according to models from researcher at the University of Washington, we wanted to ask Dr Christ: is this a ray of light at the end of the tunnel?

We also wanted to know if we can trust that data given that so few people have been tested in the first place?

Her office said she was not available today.