Arizona - COVID-19 Covered

Arizona

Total Cases: 179,497 (August 4)
Tests Administered: 964,418 (August 3)
Fatalities: 3,779 (August 4)
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) 
  • The state will partner with Arizona State University to scale up saliva-based testing developed by the university, which will allow for more rapid and accurate results. (June 17) 

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:

  • 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)
  • Governor Ducey announced that the Arizona Enrichment Centers Program will expand to offer prioritized childcare for the children of grocery store employees and food bank workers. (May 14)
  • Governor Ducey issued an executive order allowing Arizonans to get documents notarized remotely. (April 8)
  • Governor Ducey announced the launch of a program that will offer childcare for the children of first responders, critical healthcare workers, and essential public sector workers through Arizona Enrichment Centers. (April 3)
  • Governor Ducey signed a bill to expand access to unemployment benefits by waiving certain Department of Economic Security eligibility requirements for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. (March 27)
  • Governor Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced a partnership to launch “Arizona Enrichment Centers” that would offer childcare for the children of first responders, critical healthcare workers, and essential public sector workers. (March 24)
  • The Arizona Legislature passed a bill (HB 2911/SB 1694) that would establish emergency measures permitting the Arizona Department of Economic Security to establish an alternative unemployment insurance benefit program for workers impacted by COVID-19. (March 23)
  • Governor Ducey announced he would sign an executive order that would ensure those who have lost their jobs or are facing economic hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis would have access to unemployment benefits. (March 20)

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • 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 of 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 $500,000 in funding from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has been allocated to organizations that provide out-of-school childcare in the state, which will support extended hours and enrichment programs to meet the increased demand of childcare for families while students distance learn during the COVID-19 pandemic. (May 20)
  • Governor Ducey announced $100,000 in funding from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has been allocated to organizations that support foster families. (May 18)
  • Governor Ducey announced $300,000 in funding from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has been allocated to organizations across the state to support senior citizens, the homebound, and those who are medically fragile. (May 15)
  • Governor Ducey announced a $100,000 grant from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund to programs across the state supporting children with special needs who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (May 14)
  • Governor Ducey announced a $500,000 grant from the Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund for Arizona food banks to help fight hunger during the COVID-19 pandemic. (May 13)
  • Governor Ducey announced the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs will partner with Swire Coca-Cola to provide 30,000 liters of Dasani Water and two pallets of Coca-Cola beverages to the Navajo Nation to support communities in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. (April 22)
  • 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)
  • Governor Ducey formally requested President Trump to approve a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration for Arizona. Among other things, the disaster declaration would make legal assistance available to low-income residents and expand food assistance and other services to low-income households impacted by COVID-19. (April 1)
  • Governor Ducey announced a cooperative agreement with Arizona banks to suspend evictions and foreclosures for at least 60 days. (March 30)
  • Governor Ducey signed a COVID-19 relief package that included $6.7 million in funding to support food banks, nutrition programs, and programs that serve the homeless. (March 27)
  • Governor Ducey announced $5 million in new funding to help those struggling to pay their rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (March 27)
  • Governor Ducey announced a cooperative agreement with Arizona’s largest electrical utilities to ensure no customer will have power to their home shut off, no penalties or late fees will be assessed, and flexible payment options for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis. (March 26)
  • Governor Ducey issued an executive order delaying the enforcement of eviction action orders for renters who are quarantining or facing economic hardships as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (March 24)
  • The Arizona Department of Revenue has extended the state income tax deadline to July 15. (March 20)

Business Support & Resources:

  • 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)
  • Governor Ducey made a request to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to assist the state’s dairy farmers by restarting the international export of Arizona dairy products to Mexico. (April 1)
  • Governor Ducey announced a cooperative agreement that would see Arizona banks partner with the Arizona Commerce Authority to “proactively reach out to small businesses to help prepare them for the federal small business loan application process.” (March 30)
  • Governor Ducey announced the launch of the Arizona Together initiative, which will connect individuals and businesses to resources during the COVID-19 crisis. (March 24)

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Reopenings:

  • Governor Ducey launched a task force to determine how and when visitation to long-term care facilities can be safely resumed. (July 29) 
  • 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 issued an Executive Order limiting restaurants to 50 percent capacity. (July 9) 
  • Mexico closed its border with Arizona as cases continue to rise. (July 3)
  • Governor Ducey issued an Executive Order banning gatherings of 50 or more people and ordered bars, indoor fitness centers, indoor movie theaters, and water parks to pause operations until July 27. (June 29)
  • 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 announced that casinos and movie theaters can reopen if rules are in place to encourage social distancing. (May 15)
  • Several Arizona casinos have reportedly started to partially reopen with new sanitizing protocols and social distancing measures in place. (May 14)
  • Several Phoenix-area cities – including Peoria, Tempe, Queen Creek, and Gilbert – have reportedly started to reopen certain park amenities. (May 13)
  • 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)
  • Governor Ducey announced Arizona’s stay-at-home order will end on May 15 and will be replaced by new guidance for the next stage of economic recovery. (May 12)
  • Governor Ducey said professional sports can resume without fans on May 16. (May 12)
  • Governor Ducey issued an executive order allowing cosmetologists and barbershops to resume appointment-based services on May 8. The order also allows restaurants and coffee shops to resume dine-in services with physical distancing measures on May 11. (May 4)
  • Governor Ducey issued an executive order that will allow retail businesses currently closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic to begin curbside pick-up on May 4, followed by expanded in-person operations on May 8 as long as social distancing and sanitation measures are implemented. (April 29)
  • Governor Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services released additional recommendations for retail businesses resuming partial operations, including enhanced sanitation and physical distancing steps customers and business owners should take to minimize the risk of COVID-19. (May 1)
  • Governor Ducey issued an executive order increasing quarantine guidelines for out-of-state travelers from areas with substantial community spread through any airport in the state. They must isolate or quarantine themselves upon arrival for 14 days. (April 7)
  • Governor Ducey issued an executive order instituting a “Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay connected” policy promoting physical distancing, while also encouraging people to stay connected socially. Under the policy, Arizonans are encouraged to limit time away from their residence. (March 30)
  • Governor Ducey announced the state would follow the CDC’s guidance that large gatherings and events with 50 people or more should be canceled, such as conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, and weddings. (March 15)

SCHOOL PLANNING

K-12:

  • Governor Ducey outlined the Arizona: Open for Learning plan that will help educators navigate the 2020-2021 school year. (July 24) 
  • Governor Ducey announced that public schools will not be required to fully reopen for in-person learning as expected on August 17. (July 23) 
  • Governor Ducey issued a new Executive Order to delay the start of in-person classes for the school year that begins July 1 until August 17, but distance learning will be permitted during that period. (June 29)
  • 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)
  • Governor Ducey announced that Arizona schools will resume in the Fall. He also said day camps and summer schools can take place during the summer. (May 28)

State Higher Education:

  • The University of Arizona paused a plan to bring athletes back to campus following the latest Executive Order from Governor Ducey. (June 29)
  • A list of Arizona colleges and universities planning to reopen in the fall can be found here.
  • 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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