Arizona - COVID-19 Covered

Arizona

Total Cases: 22,886 (June 5)
Tests Administered: 249,755 (June 4)
Fatalities: 999 (June 5)
Testing:
  • The University of Arizona is reportedly expanding antibody testing. In addition to testing sites in Pima county, new sites will begin opening the week of May 18 in Arizona’s 14 other counties. (May 15)
  • Governor Ducey announced an accelerated plan to test all staff and residents of long-term care facilities, as well as individuals within Arizona’s prisons. (May 12)
  • The University of Arizona has reportedly opened up COVID-19 antibody testing to community members, healthcare workers, and first responders. (May 6)
  • Arizona is partnering with private healthcare providers and universities to increase COVID-19 testing, with Governor Ducey announcing a “blitz” to test up to 60,000 Arizonans for the virus in the next three weekends. (April 28)
  • Walgreens opened its first Phoenix-area drive-thru COVID-19 testing site. (April 17)
  • The University of Arizona announced that it will partner with the Arizona state government to create 250,000 antibody tests that will identify whether a person has had COVID-19. (April 15)
  • Governor Ducey issued an executive order expanding healthcare reporting requirements for hospitals and healthcare providers to better track data in order to protect healthcare workers. (April 7)
  • Walgreens reportedly plans to open at least one drive-thru COVID-19 testing facility in Arizona. (April 7)
  • Governor Ducey issued an executive order requiring “all insurers regulated by the State waive all cost-sharing requirements for consumers related to COVID-19 diagnostic testing.” (March 11)

ECONOMIC RESPONSE

Essential Service Designations:

  • Governor Ducey issued an executive order removing restrictions on conducting elective surgeries, so long as certain preparedness criteria are met. (April 22)
  • Governor Ducey issued an executive order allowing food trucks to operate at eight specific Arizona Department of Transportation rest areas. (April 15)
  • Governor Ducey announced $2 million in funding that would put 400 Arizona Goodwill employees back to work and expand support and services to Arizonans in need. (April 7)
  • Governor Ducey announced additional guidance on essential services and recreational activities, including the closing of all barbers, tanning salons, and spas, as well as communal pools at hotels, condos, apartment complexes, and parks. (April 3)
  • 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:

  • Governor Ducey issued an executive order allowing Arizonans to get documents notarized remotely. (April 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 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)
  • All bars, movie theaters, and gyms in counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases are required to close and all elective surgeries have been halted. (March 20)

Economic Stimulus & Relief:

  • 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 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 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)
  • The Arizona Department of Insurance has urged insurance companies across the state to work with Arizonans to ensure their coverage continues throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. (April 16)
  • 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 and the Arizona Department of Transportation announced new guidelines that would temporarily waive certain commercial vehicle regulations to ensure critical supplies and goods can be transported more easily. (April 7)
  • 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 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 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 announced the state has received more than $5.3 million in grant funding from the US Department of Health and Human Services to help Arizona communities provide meals for older adults. (March 25)
  • 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)
  • 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 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved Arizona’s request for a Medicaid waiver, which will enable Arizona to “provide flexibilities in Medicaid provider screening and enrollment.” (March 23)
  • 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 people 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)
  • The Arizona Department of Revenue has extended the state income tax deadline to July 15. (March 20)
  • Governor Ducey issued an executive order requiring “all insurers regulated by the State cover telemedicine visits at a lower cost-sharing point for consumers than the same in-office service to encourage utilization of telemedicine for the duration of the state’s public health emergency.” (March 11)

Business Support & Resources:

  • 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)
  • Governor Ducey delayed the expiration date on driver’s licenses and activated the National Guard to help grocery stores and food banks. (March 20)
  • Governor Ducey’s request for the US Small Business Administration to include Arizona among the areas qualified to apply for “economic injury disaster loans” for small businesses harmed by the COVID-19 crisis was granted on March 19. (March 19)

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

Shelter-In-Place Orders:

  • Governor Ducey announced that casinos and move theaters can reopen, so long as they have rules in place to encourage social distancing to protect employees and guests. (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 announced Arizona’s stay-at-home order will end on May 15 and be replaced by new guidance for the next stage of economic recovery. (May 12)
    • Governor Ducey also said professional sports can resume without fans on May 16. (May 12)
  • The Arizona Department of Health Services has reportedly told a team of experts from Arizona State University and the University of Arizona to “pause” their work on COVID-19 modeling. (May 5)
    • Arizona has reportedly reversed course and resumed the partnership with the team from Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. (May 8)
  • Governor Ducey issued an executive order allowing cosmetologists and barber shops 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)
  • Mohave County Sheriff Doug Schuster and Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb have reportedly stated that they will not enforce Governor Ducey’s stay-at-home order. (May 2)
  • Governor Ducey ordered the state’s “Stay Home, Stay Connected” order to be extended until May 15. (April 29)
  • 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)
  • During a March 23 press conference, Governor Ducey said that Arizona was not moving towards a statewide shelter-in-place order at this time. (March 23)
  • The Navajo Nation has issued a shelter-in-place order. (March 20)

Curfews:

  • No records found.

Social-Distancing Guidelines:

  • Governor Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services released additional social distancing guidelines for places of worship, pools, gyms and fitness centers, and spas as more industries resume partial operations. (May 12)
  • 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 announced the state would aim to allow restaurants to offer dine-in services in May. (April 29)
  • Governor Ducey announced the state would follow the CDC’s guidance that large gatherings and events with 50 people or more would be cancelled, such as conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events and weddings. (March 15)
  • The state has issued an official recommendation to cancel or postpone mass gatherings of 10 or more people. (March 20)

Delivery Services:

  • To date, there has not been a statewide closure of all bars and restaurants in Arizona.
  • The Arizona Department of Health Services has declared that only restaurants located in counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases are required to provide dine-out options only. (March 20)

SCHOOL CLOSURES

K-12:

  • 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)
  • Governor Ducey and the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) announced that the USDA Food and Nutrition Service has authorized DES to provide Arizona P-EBT Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits to households with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. (April 21)
  • Governor Ducey announced a Mobile Hotspot Donation Drive to help K-12 students without home internet to access online curriculum during the COVID-19 pandemic. (April 8)
  • Governor Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced that Arizona schools will be closed through the end of the school year. (March 30)
  • Governor Ducey signed a bill that will give Arizona’s K-12 schools added flexibility to deal with shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 crisis. (March 27)
  • Governor Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced that all schools in Arizona would be closed until at least April 10. (March 20)
  • Several schools are also offering meals to students during the closures. (March 19)
  • The Arizona Legislature passed a bill (HB 2910) relating to public school closures which, among other provisions, frees students from state required testing for the 2019-2020 school year, requires teachers to still be paid by district and charter schools while they remain closed, and continues education through online classes. (March 19)

State Higher Education:

  • 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)
  • Several colleges and universities have altered schedules, switched to online classes, and cancelled graduations in response to the COVID-19 crisis. (March 16)

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