Arizona - COVID-19 Covered

Arizona

Total Cases: 236,772 (October 25)
Fatalities: 5,869 (October 25)
Testing:
  • Information on COVID-19 testing in Arizona can be found here. 
  • Arizona is partnering with DEMA and HHS to provide up to 5,000 tests a day to underserved communities in the state. (July 14) 

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Governor Ducey issued an executive order clarifying the state’s definition of “essential” businesses and services. The list of essential businesses and services includes, adoption services, healthcare services, construction, utilities, grocery stores, pharmacies, charitable organizations and social services, gas stations, financial institutions, hardware and supply stores, critical trades (plumbers, electricians, sanitation, etc.), mail and shipping services, laundry services, transportation, hotels and motels, and funeral services. (March 23)

Labor & Workforce Guidance, Standards and Regulations:

  • Arizona has joined a national network to aid workers in job recovery process for those who lost their job to COVID-19-related circumstances. (August 4) 
  • The Arizona Department of Health Services released updated guidance requiring employers to provide employees with face-coverings and to enforce usage, to ensure employees and customers stay six feet apart, to conduct symptom checks for all employees before shifts, to ensure sick employees stay home, and to increase the frequency of employee hygiene, cleaning, and disinfecting. (June 17) 

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • Governor Ducey announced that $715,000 from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has been allocated to 19 organizations across the state that support individuals and families in need. (October 19) 
  • Governor Ducey announced that $750,000 of CARES Act funding will be allocated to organizations that provide services, including short-term housing, food and basic living assistance, employment support, education materials, and health services. (October 19) 
  • Governor Ducey announced that $750,000 of CARES Act funding will be allocated to organizations working to provide shelter for victims of domestic abuse. (August 17) 
  • Governor Ducey announced $975,000 from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has been allocated to 12 organizations that provide shelter for those experiencing homelessness. The funding will support efforts to provide food, locate alternative housing to maintain social distancing among the homeless population, and clean and sanitize shelters to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (July 21) 
  • Governor Ducey announced $6 million in HUD Emergency Solutions Grants funding will go to organizations combating homelessness in Arizona. (July 14) 
  • Governor Ducey announced that $9 million in CARES Act funding will go toward a new safe election plan to increase curbside voting and hire more officials. (July 2) 
  • Governor Ducey announced his office will provide nearly $600 million in COVID-19 relief and recovery dollars for local Arizona governments and nonprofits, including $441 million in direct, flexible funding to local cities, towns, and counties that did not receive direct funding earlier from the federal government. (May 27) 
  • Governor Ducey announced $300,000 in grant funding to organizations providing Arizonans in need with rental assistance, telehealth, and transportation to health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. (May 20) 
  • Governor Ducey announced Arizonans currently receiving food assistance through SNAP will be able to use the benefits for online food purchases with currently-authorized SNAP online retailers, Walmart and Amazon, helping to limit social interactions during the COVID-19 pandemic. (April 9) 

Business Support & Resources:

  • Governor Ducey announced a grant program that will cover up to two months of rent or mortgage payments for gyms, bars, water parks, and theaters. (August 21) 
  • Governor Ducey announced $98 million in CARES Act funding for small business support and childcare programs. (August 13) 
  • Governor Ducey announced $600,000 toward the creation of the Arizona Small Business Association’s Live Local Program, which will help train small businesses on how to navigate resources during the pandemic, build relationships within their communities, and more. (July 8) 
  • Governor Ducey issued an executive order allowing restaurants to repackage and sell grocery items they have on hand, including items not normally packaged and labeled for resale. (April 7) 
  • Governor Ducey issued an executive order halting evictions for small businesses and nonprofits unable to pay rent due to financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. (April 6) 

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopening:

  • Parlor games and karaoke are now allowed at bars and nightclubs in the state, but dancing is prohibited, according to updated guidelines from the Arizona Department of Health Services. (October 23) 
  • Every county in Arizona now meets the state’s threshold for reopening, according to the Department of Health Services. (October 2) 
  • Governor Ducey announced that Arizona will receive 2.19 million rapid COVID-19 tests from the federal government. The tests can produce results within 15 minutes. (September 29) 
  • Governor Ducey said a new wave of restrictions will not follow even if some counties see an uptick in COVID-19 cases. (September 25) 
  • Governor Ducey issued an executive order extending the Enhanced Surveillance Advisory for COVID-19 and adding new influenza reporting requirements for health care facilities. (September 9) 
  • Governor Ducey announced that long-term care facilities will be allowed to resume in-person visitations if the location proves it is following state health guidelines. (September 3) 
  • Phoenix area bars, gyms, theaters, and water parks are now permitted reopen. (August 27) 
  • Arizona bars, gyms, and movie theaterwill be allowed to reopen if they can demonstrate to the state that they have proper protocols in place to stop the spread of COVID-19. (August 19) 
  • Despite Governor Ducey’s executive order, somfitness centers in Arizona have reopened. (August 12) 
  • The Arizona Department of Health Services announced public health recommendations for the eventual safe reopening of paused businesses in the state. (August 10) 
  • Governor Ducey announced an extension of his executive order pausing operations on gyms, bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, water parks, and tubing. The order also prohibits large events and gatherings. (July 23) 
  • Governor Ducey announced a statewide campaign in partnership with several Arizona advertising and public relations firms to promote the use of masks and other precautions to contain the spread of COVID-19. (July 23) 
  • Governor Ducey has extended the state’s eviction moratorium through October 31. (July 16) 
  • Governor Ducey issued an executive order limiting restaurants to 50 percent capacity. (July 9) 
  • Governor Ducey has encouraged Arizonans to remain home and continue social distancing as COVID-19 cases increase. (June 25) 
  • The Arizona Department of Health Services released updated guidance allowing local governments to implement face-covering policies and determine enforcement measures. (June 17) 
  • Governor Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services released additional social distancing guidelines for places of worship, pools, gyms, and spas as more industries resume partial operations. (May 12) 

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • More than 100 teachers in one school district called out sick due to COVID-19 concerns, prompting the district to roll back plans to open in-person schooling this fall. (August 17) 
  • Health officials in Arizona released new data benchmarks to help guide schools toward reopening in the fall. (August 6) 
  • Governor Ducey outlined the Arizona: Open for Learning plan that will help educators navigate the 2020-2021 school year. (July 24) 
  • Governor Ducey announced a $270 million plan to help Arizona public schools safely reopen in the fall, including $200 million for remote learning and to protect schools from budget shortfalls, $40 million to expand broadband in rural communities, $20 million for extra support for high-need schools, and $6 million to assist with the teacher shortage. (June 24) 
  • The Arizona Department of Education released its recommended guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year. The guidelines include four possible scenarios: 1. All students attend classes in person; 2. Some students go to class at the start of the year, while others take part in distance learning; 3. All students start with distance learning, with the goal of eventually returning to the classroom; 4. Intermittent distance learning throughout the year. (June 1) 

State Higher Education:

  • A list of Arizona colleges and universities planning to reopen in the fall can be found here. 
  • Arizona is investing an additional $14 million to support the efforts of Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, and Northern Arizona University to contain the spread of COVID-19. (September 24) 
  • Arizona universities are making health care services more accessible by providing virtual appointments as thousands of college students return to campus for the fall semester. (August 20) 
  • Northern Arizona University will start and end the coming fall semester earlier to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. According to an email sent by President Rita Cheng, the school will start classes on August 12 and end before Thanksgiving. (June 6) 
  • University of Arizona President Robert Robbins outlined his plan to reopen for fall classes and bring approximately 60,000 students and staff back to campus. His “3T” approach would prioritize testing, tracing, and treating students, faculty, and staff. (May 7) 

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