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You can get tested now if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19


Dr. Cara Christ And Gov. Doug Ducey On March 11, 2020. Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services

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Updated April 24: If you think you’ve been exposed, you can get a COVID-19 test, but you must sign a voluntary isolation agreement, according to an Arizona Department of Health Services standing order issued Thursday.

Click here to read the standing order

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Arizona rose today to 6,045 up from 5,769 yesterday, and 266 Arizonans have died from the virus, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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In Maricopa County, there are 3,116 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,060 in Pima County, 583 in Navajo County, 391 in Coconino County, 317 in Pinal County, 75 in Yavapai County, 296 in Apache County, 42 in Yuma County, 73 in Mohave County, 34 in Cochise County, 30 in Santa Cruz County, 7 in Graham County, 8 in La Paz County, 11 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

The age group with the largest number of COVID-19 cases was people 20 to 44 years of age with 2,253 cases followed by people 65 years and older with 1,484 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Half of COVID-19 deaths were in people of White/Non-Hispanic origin, 11% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 20% Native American, 14% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 2% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 1% Other/Non-Hispanic.

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More men, 58%, than women, and more people 65 years of age or older, 200 have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

Looking for tips on cleaning your home during COVID-19, then take a look at the National Council for Safety, Protection and Wellness’ guide by clicking here or on the social media post below.

ABC 15 Arizona says a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program run by the Arizona Department of Economic Security will launch May 12 and help people who don’t quality for unemployment.

More federal loans for small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic are on the way thanks to Congress’s $480 billion plan signed by President Trump, and Greater Phoenix Economic Council says here’s what business owners should do now.

Looking for a science demonstration for your students learning from home? Arizona Science Center provides a video demonstration about the eye and it’s parts.

Phoenix Union High School District is celebrating graduating seniors with yearbook-style social media posts.

First Things First highlighted a program to help more early educators access higher education.

Updated April 23: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Arizona rose today to 5,769 up from 5,459 yesterday, and 249 Arizonans have died from the virus, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 2,970 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,026 in Pima County, 564 in Navajo County, 372 in Coconino County, 303 in Pinal County, 75 in Yavapai County, 268 in Apache County, 39 in Yuma County, 69 in Mohave County, 31 in Cochise County, 28 in Santa Cruz County, 4 in Graham County, 6 in La Paz County, 12 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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The age group with the largest number of COVID-19 cases was people 20 to 44 years of age with 2,138 cases followed by people 65 years and older with 1,413 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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51 percent of COVID-19 deaths were in people of White/Non-Hispanic origin, 10% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 19% Native American, 14% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 1% Other/Non-Hispanic.

More men, 58%, than women, and more people 65 years of age or older, 187 have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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About 1 in 6 workers is unemployed right now due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Looking for rewarding work with kids? Dysart Unified and many other school districts are seeking to hire bus drivers.

Instead of wiping down your groceries, experts sayd you should make sure you wash your hands.

With temperatures rising into the 90s and 100s this week, people are reminded to stay hydrated.

Here are some ways schools can help support students cared for by their grandparents from Education Week.

Want some help explaining to your pre-schoolers what’s going on right now? Then tune in Saturday morning for this.

Cave Creek Unified School District honored staff who work with students before- and after-school.

ASU recently delivered it’s first batch of personal protective equipment for medical providers.

Students can take the SAT at home if school doesn’t resume in the fall.

Looking for some good reads for young adults? Here are a former school librarian’s ideas.

University of Arizona faculty created a video to offer encouragement to Sunnyside District graduates.

Tucson Unified shared a video about students using seedballs to restore the environment.

Updated April 22: Gov. Doug Ducey says Arizona’s approach to re-opening for business will be phased-in and based on medical data to avoid a resurgence of COVID-19 during a briefing that started at 3 p.m..

“I want to begin by thanking the citizens of Arizona for their hard work, their responsible behavior,” Gov. Ducey said.

Gov. Ducey noted that he issued the Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected order on March 30th, and said “We are making progress.”

At the briefing, the White House criteria to return to business were displayed behind Gov. Ducey as he shared the data of where the state is today in fighting COVID-19 and his plan to return stronger.

“My focus has been 100% on the State of Arizona, our circumstances are different than other states and we’re going to use this combination of symptoms, cases and hospitals to make decisions going forward,” Gov. Ducey said.

“Our approach going forward will be phased. It will be based on up-to-date data and readiness. It will mitigate the risk of resurgence,” Gov. Ducey said.

“We have come a long way in a short period of time as a state. It’s been by no lack of sacrifice or effort of our citizens and we do not want to lose that ground as we begin to make additional decisions going forward,” Gov. Ducey said. “We’re going to want to protect the most vulnerable here.”

At the briefing, Gov. Ducey showed a slide showing the number of confirmed COVID-91 Coronavirus cases by day.

“The takeaway on this chart if you’re looking for a trend is that there isn’t one,” Gov. Ducey said.

“We’re going to continue to watch this curve and zero in on syndromic surveillance,” Gov. Ducey said.

Then Gov. Ducey talked about COVID-19-like and flu-like illness surveillance in Arizona, noting that in that “we look for some trends in data we can make some decisions on to show that we’re making some progress.”

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“If you look at the data the Stay Home order on March 31st and then you look at the reduction in the COVID-like illness surveillance and the influenza-like illness surveillance that’s positive. Now that’s only a week or two, but it’s a difference and it’s a change and it tracks together.”

Arizona has enough hospital capacity and the enough ventilators to use for patients who develop COVID-19, Gov. Ducey said.

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Gov. Doug Ducey says Arizona’s approach going forward will be phased in and based on medical data and focused on avoiding a resurgence during a briefing going on now. Photo courtesy 3 TV
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Over the past 45 days a lot has changed and our capacity to maintain public health has improved “so we’re making progress,” Gov. Ducey said.

“There are still unknowns in front of us but we know much more,” Gov. Ducey said.

“Today, I do have an announcement that will be slight tick up on the dimmer switch on our economy,” Gov. Ducey said, noting he released an executive order today allowing hospitals to perform elective surgeries effective May 1.

“Everyone in the nation needs more testing including Arizona,” Gov. Ducey said, noting that the state will expand diagnostic testing. He also said the state is looking to expand antibody testing to see if people have already had COVID-19 and since recovered.

“We do not want to lose the ground we have made,” Gov. Ducey said.

“What we don’t want to do is to make decisions too early and have to reverse decisions,” Gov. Ducey said.

“If we do this right and if we do this responsibly and properly we can be the strongest state leading its way out of this pandemic,” Gov. Ducey said. ‘To do that I’m asking for continued cooperation and partnership.”

Gov. Ducey said the state will revisit the Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Connected order next week and it remains in effect until April 30.

Gov. Ducey has been meeting with business leaders on the issue and protestors marched at the Arizona Capitol on Sunday and Monday saying the state needs to get back to business.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases rose statewide to more than 5,400 on Wednesday.

Gov. Ducey’s executive order for Arizonans to stay at home to stay safe from the virus expires on April 30.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Arizona rose today to 5,459 up from 5,251 yesterday, and 229 Arizonans have died from the virus, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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In Maricopa County, there are 2,846 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 973 in Pima County, 527 in Navajo County, 353 in Coconino County, 283 in Pinal County, 73 in Yavapai County, 235 in Apache County, 28 in Yuma County, 62 in Mohave County, 31 in Cochise County, 28 in Santa Cruz County, 2 in Graham County, 6 in La Paz County,10 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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The age group with the largest number of COVID-19 cases was people 20 to 44 years of age with 2,028 cases followed by people 65 years and older with 1,350 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Forty-eight percent of COVID-19 deaths were in people of White/Non-Hispanic origin, 10% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 21% Native American, 15% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander.

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More men, 58%, than women, and more people 65 years of age or older, 168 have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

Arizona legislative leaders wanted to adjourn their session on Friday, May 1 and made that announcement Tuesday, only to take it back late Wednesday afternoon, according to an Arizona Public Media article. The earlier decision to adjounr would have killed hundreds of bills left unheard when state lawmakers left in March for the COVID-19 pandemic. No date is set yet for the Legislators to return.

Maricopa Community Colleges Career services hosts a virtual career fair April 30 to connect people with employers looking to hire.

On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, take a virtual visit to a national park.

Learn about a machine turning food waste at NAU into compost for the campus.

The U.S. Department of education congratulated the 2020 ED Green Ribbon Schools award winners for their sustainability practices.

Have some extra school supplies at home that would help elementary students? Here’s where to donate them.

Take a look at the cupcakes Cesar Chavez High School students in Mrs. Renteria’s culinary class made at home.

Now for some advice for parents from an autism researcher and former special education teacher on how to help students cope with abrupt changes courtesy of On Special Education.

If you’re looking for some activities and info the kids will be interested in. Try this website.

Yuma Union High School District celebrates a student for earning a prestigious scholarship to ASU.

Cave Creek Unified thanked staff providing support to their colleagues.

Grand Canyon University reminds people that the Health Services Career Fair starts at 10 a.m. online tomorrow.

Looking for a science demo to keep kids attention? Take a look at this from the Arizona Science Center.

Chandler Unified reminds people to take a few minutes and respond to the 2020 Census, noting that the data helps fund critically important programs for people in the community.

Updated April 21: The Arizona Legislature is expected to vote to end the current session on May 1 and come back in June to work on budget issues.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Arizona rose today to 5,251 up from 5,064 yesterday, and 208 Arizonans have died from the virus, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The Arizona Department of Health Services is now providing more information in its data dashboard on its website, but Director Dr. Cara Christ notes that “it only reflects individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. We know that there are many individuals who were unable to get tested in the community.  In addition, we know that people can be infected and spread disease without showing symptoms.”

In Maricopa County, there are 2,738 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 963 in Pima County, 485 in Navajo County, 342 in Coconino County, 268 in Pinal County, 72 in Yavapai County, 226 in Apache County, 27 in Yuma County, 59 in Mohave County, 29 in Cochise County, 23 in Santa Cruz County, 2 in Graham County, 6 in La Paz County, 9 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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The age group with the largest number of COVID-19 cases was people 20 to 44 years of age with 1,928 cases followed by people 65 years and older with 1,314 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Thirty-nine percent of COVID-19 deaths were in people of White/Non-Hispanic origin, 27% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 18% Native American, 11% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander.

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More men, 56%, than women, and more people 65 years of age or older, 150, have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

The U.S. House, U.S. Senate and President Donald Trump reached a deal today that includes more funds for the small business loan program.

Gov. Doug Ducey said there are work opportunities in the hospitality industry available now.

Gov. Ducey and the Arizona Department of Economic Security said the USDA Food and Nutrition Service 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.

Arizona education leaders are concerned there will be more cuts to public K-12 education due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dysart Unified gave a shout out to one student who spends hours each day sewing maks and donating them to hospitals.

A Mesa physical education teacher is helping students stay active during distance learning.

Need some fresh science activities? Then check out this Arizona Science Center rocks demonstration.

Here’s what some Tucson Unified students did during distance learning.

It’s National Library Week and school leaders and school board members are taking part.

Updated April 20: While the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen to more than 5,000, Arizonans seeking the state to get back to business are protesting at the capitol in Phoenix. This is the second such protest after one was held on Sunday.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Arizona rose today to 5,064 up from 4,929 yesterday, and 187 Arizonans have died from the virus, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 2,636 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 941 in Pima County, 473 in Navajo County, 337 in Coconino County, 256 in Pinal County, 71 in Yavapai County, 202 in Apache County, 27 in Yuma County, 56 in Mohave County, 28 in Cochise County, 20 in Santa Cruz County, 2 in Graham County, 5 in La Paz County, 8 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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The age group with the largest number of COVID-19 cases was people 20 to 44 years of age with 1,876 cases followed by people 65 years and older with 1,263 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Most people had COVID-19 testing done by a private laboratory – 4,798 – while just 266 people’s cases were confirmed by Arizona State Public Health Services Laboratory.

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More men, 58%, than women, and more people 65 years of age or older, 137, have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

Forty percent of COVID-19 deaths were in people of White/Non-Hispanic origin, 28% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 18% Native American, 10% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 2% Asian/ Pacific Islander.

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The Arizona Board of Regents shares what state universities are doing to help develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

The next COVID-19 stimulus bill should help Arizona schools with distance learning, says AZ Parents for Ed.

Tucson Unified students continue to produce TitanTV from their homes.

Sierra Vista Unified releases its graduation plan.

Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman says students need counselors now.

Mountain View School students have been working on projects including these color wheels and drawings.

Kyrene Schools highlighted student artwork on social media as part of their Virtual District Art Showcase.

Sunnyside Unified School District is seeking students to create videos to nominate their favorite teacher for the Teacher Excellence Award.

Queen Creek Unified continues to honor graduating seniors with yearbook posts on social media, including this one.

This week is the time to recognize everything that afterschool professionals do to help students and their families.

Peoria Unified provides some quick tips to celebrate National Financial Literacy month.

Dairy farmers nationwide have dumped excess milk since schools and restaurant supply chains are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Cronkite News said.

Deer Valley Unified’s Mr. Yates shared some inspiration with students today.

Looking for a home science activity? Learn about the Lyrid Meteor shower and when you can see it this week.

In Tucson, you can take part in online art classes during quarantine.

Salt River High School congratulated a graduating senior who will be gong on to Benedictine University in Mesa.

U of A’s Veterinary school admits its first class.

Grand Canyon University reminds you that their Engineering and Technology Career Fair will be held online tomorrow.

ASU asks students to make a video or send in a photo announcing their decisions to attend to help celebrate College Signing Day on May 1.

Updated April 19: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Arizona rose today to 4,929 up from 4,507 Friday, and 184 Arizonans have died from the virus, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 2,589 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 913 in Pima County, 459 in Navajo County, 333 in Coconino County, 247 in Pinal County, 72 in Yavapai County, 178 in Apache County, 25 in Yuma County, 54 in Mohave County, 24 in Cochise County, 19 in Santa Cruz County, 2 in Graham County, 5 in La Paz County, 7 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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The age group with the largest number of COVID-19 cases was people 20 to 44 years of age with 1,829 cases followed by people 65 years and older with 1,224 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Most people had COVID-19 testing done by a private laboratory – 4,675 – while just 254 people’s cases were confirmed by Arizona State Public Health Services Laboratory.

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More men, 59%, than women, and more people 65 years of age or older, 135, have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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Forty percent of COVID-19 deaths were in people of White/Non-Hispanic origin, 28% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 17% Native American, 10% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 2% Asian/ Pacific Islander.

Updated April 17: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Arizona rose today to 4,507 up from 4,234 yesterday, and 159 Arizonans have died from the virus, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 2,404 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 819 in Pima County, 435 in Navajo County, 304 in Coconino County, 212 in Pinal County, 69 in Yavapai County, 141 in Apache County, 23 in Yuma County, 51 in Mohave County, 20 in Cochise County, 15 in Santa Cruz County, 2 in Graham County, 5 in La Paz County, 5 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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The age group with the largest number of COVID-19 cases was people 20 to 44 years of age with 1,652 cases followed by people 65 years and older with 1,126 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

More men, 59%, than women, and more people 65 years of age or older, 122, have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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Arizona Department of Transportation is reminding people that Motor Vehicles services are offline starting today until Tuesday for a new computer system installation.

Former Arizona Gov. Jane Dee Hull has died from natural causes, just hours after her husband Terry, according to an Arizona Republic article.

Kindergartners in Ms. Adams Tempe Elementary class created a video that shows how to be brave in a time like this.

Scottsdale Unified School District is seeking ideas from graduating seniors on alternative graduation activities.

High school seniors who need help with college applications or the FAFSA can find assistance here.

Gov. Doug Ducey proclaimed this week as Week of the Young Child.

Divorced parents need to do everything they can to reduce their children’s stress during this quarantine, according to a Cronkite News story.

Listen to what Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman had to say how COVID-19 impacted this school year.

Looking for a way to help students and pass the time at home? Check this out.

Peoria Unified celebrated two Liberty High School seniors for earning culinary scholarships.

Yuma Union High School District is sharing its graduation information with families now.

ASU painted the A blue to honor medical providers during the COVID-19 crisis.

Updated April 16: Gov. Doug Ducey said he’s considering easing restrictions on elective surgery to help Arizona’s struggling hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

An Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association spokesperson said hospitals have lost up to 40% of their revenue each month under the restrictions, according to the KJZZ article.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Arizona rose today to 4,234 up from 3,962 yesterday, and 150 Arizonans have died from the virus, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

But the actual number of Arizonans who have COVID-19 is likely much higher, because of a limited supply of tests, questions whether inmates in federal prisons and detainees at immigrant detention centers are included in the count, and the fact that undocumented Arizonans are likely to avoid being tested for fear of being deported, according to an Arizona Public Media article.

Tribal members are included in the count but only if their COVID-19 cases were reported to local public health agencies. Tribal members who only reported to Indian Health Services are not included in the count released by the Arizona Department of Health Services. Also, COVID-19 cases in 32 ZIP codes aren’t included, because state officials haven’t received approval from tribal leaders, according to an Arizona Public Media article.

In Maricopa County, there are 2,264 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 760 in Pima County, 410 in Navajo County, 299 in Coconino County, 197 in Pinal County, 68 in Yavapai County, 118 in Apache County, 21 in Yuma County, 51 in Mohave County, 18 in Cochise County, 14 in Santa Cruz County, 2 in Graham County, 5 in La Paz County, 5 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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The age group with the largest number of COVID-19 cases was people 20 to 44 years of age with 1,558 cases followed by people 65 years and older with 1,043 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

More men than women and people 65 years of age or older have died from COVID-19 deaths in Arizona.

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Arizona is expected to reach its peak in the number of COVID-19 cases on April 30, have a peak in deaths in May, and predicts 1,005 COVID-19 deaths in Arizona by Aug. 4, according to a model from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, noted an article in the Arizona Republic.

One in 10 Arizonans have lost their jobs in the past four weeks.

If you need some help figuring out where to start to apply for unemployment, check this out.

Some Arizonans found their Coronavirus stimulus money was sent to an account that did not belong to them.

The small business loan money is all used up as of this morning.

Curious how the Arizona Department of Education is supporting students while schools are closed for COVID-19? Then tune into this interview with Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman tomorrow morning

Students at Prescott Mile High Middle School can still take part in their talent show by sending in a video.

Desert Willow Elementary School staff reminded students to wash their hands and be safe.

National Public Radion offered some ideas on how to rein in any anxiety you may be feeling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Villago Middle School’s Mr. Martinez read Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll go!” for Casa Grande Elementary School District students.

Many teachers and student support service staff are getting creative to make sure that special education students still get the assistance that they need.

Kyrene Schools thanked their bus drivers for their work bringing learning packets to students, and shared a video letting student bus riders know that their bus drivers miss them.

Flagstaff Unified School District congratulated Coconino High School for being designated as a World School by the International Baccalaureate Organization.

Scottsdale Unified School District said there will be no formal final exams for high school courses this year.

As we adapt to staying at home, teens are having a particularly hard time with it.

Students will be able to take the SAT at home if school doesn’t resume this Fall.

Skyline High School shared some April scholarship opportunities for Arizona high school seniors.

Queen Creek Unified School District continued honoring their graduating seniors in yearbook social media posts like the one below.

To honor your senior, in AZEdNews Yearbook click here!

WestEd is hosting a webinar to help schools manage resources during these widespread school closures.

Glendale Union High School District honored student athletes who signed their letter of intent.

Updated April 15: Gov. Doug Ducey said that the State and University of Arizona are working to get COVID-19 Coronavirus antibody testing available for people statewide, during a press conference on 3 TV earlier today.

Gov. Ducey also thanked people for staying home and staying safe.

When asked when the state would be open for business again, Gov. Ducey said we need a lot more diagnostic tests and antibody tests before then.

“The thought about the re-opening. Of course we want that, but we want to do that in a safe and healthy way,” Gov. Ducey said. “The federal guidance runs through April 30th. We’ll have a clearer sight line as to what the situation is in Arizona, and that’s my top concern.”

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Arizona rose today to 3,962, up from 3,806 yesterday, and 142 Arizonans have died from the virus, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 2,056 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 700 in Pima County, 390 in Navajo County, 266 in Coconino County, 182 in Pinal County, 66 in Yavapai County, 110 in Apache County, 18 in Yuma County, 45 in Mohave County, 15 in Cochise County, 12 in Santa Cruz County, 2 in Graham County, 5 in La Paz County, 3 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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The age group with the largest number of COVID-19 cases was people 20 to 44 years of age with 1,442 cases followed by people 65 years and older with 976 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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More men than women and people 65 years of age or older have died from COVID-19 deaths in Arizona.

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An Arizona dentist creates custom respirators for COVID-19 patients, according to 12 News.

A proposed bill would provide families $2,000 a month until employment returns to pre-Coronavirus levels.

Apache Elementary School student Emmy created this learning at home video for a class project.

This quarantine is affecting children in many ways, but there is little research on it, according to The Hechinger Report.

Pendergast Elementary School district celebrated students success in art competitions.

Scottsdale Unified will distribute meals for students weekly from now on on Wednesdays, according to a Fox 10 story.

H.L Suverkrup Elementary school challenged students to match their teachers and school staff with photos of them as students.

Glenn L. Downs School staff created this music video fto let their students know they miss them.

Jon Bon Jovi dropped in on a virtual kindergarten class to sing for students.

High School coaches try to keep students athletes involved but try not to keep them from their distance learning, according to a Cronkite News story.

Maricopa County School Supt. Steve Watson reminds students and teachers to tune into their STEMProLive webinars at home every Friday.

Casa Grande Elementary School District reminds prospective teachers and school staff of their upcoming virtual job fair.

Updated April 14: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Arizona rose today to 3,806, up from 3,702 yesterday, and 131 Arizonans have died from the virus, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 2,056 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 685 in Pima County, 355 in Navajo County, 270 in Coconino County, 175 in Pinal County, 70 in Yavapai County, 97 in Apache County, 17 in Yuma County, 45 in Mohave County, 15 in Cochise County, 10 in Santa Cruz County, 2 in Graham County, 4 in La Paz County, 3 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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The age group with the largest number of COVID-19 cases was people 20 to 44 years of age with 1,399 cases followed by people 65 years and older with 921 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

More men than women and people 65 years of age or older have died from COVID-19 deaths in Arizona. There is also information about people’s race and ethnicity, but 31% of that is unknown in Arizona which makes it hard to determine who is affected most.

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What is clear is that the pandemic has hit the Navajo Nation particularly hard with more than 813 cases as of Monday, April 13, up 115 cases in the past two days, according to the Navajo Department of Health and Navajo Area Indian Health Service.

In Prescott, Lincoln Elementary School Physical Education Teacher Coach Barney Logan shares workout warm-ups his love of superheroes with students.

High school football coaches get creative in preparing for the Fall football season.

Skyline High School students picked up their caps and gowns today, but there’s no word yet on when a ceremony might be held.

Achieve60AZ reminds students, parents and teachers that ASU Prep Digital is providing support, and online credit classes for students.

Arizona Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman thanked early childhood learning professionals today for all they do for our next generation of leaders.

Teachers are finding out if they earned a grant from Intel to fund STEAM projects for students.

Students can take virtual field trips to places all over the world thanks to this.

The City of Peoria reminded residents to take a quick break and spend a few minutes and complete Census 2020 online, by phone or by mail today.

Casa Grande Elementary School District reminded students and parents that classwork packet delivery is today.

GateWay Community College thanked staff who helped distribute technology to students who need it for their coursework.

Updated April 13: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Arizona rose today to 3,702, up from 3,539 yesterday, and 122 Arizonans have died from the virus, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 2,020 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 668 in Pima County, 345 in Navajo County, 253 in Coconino County, 168 in Pinal County, 65 in Yavapai County, 89 in Apache County, 17 in Yuma County, 40 in Mohave County, 16 in Cochise County, 10 in Santa Cruz County, 2 in Graham County, 4 in La Paz County, 3 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

The age group with the largest number of COVID-19 cases was people 20 to 44 years of age with 1,360 cases followed by people 65 years and older with 899 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Information about confirmed cases of COVID-19 by ZIP code, race and ethnicity and confirmed coronavirus deaths were made available on the Arizona Department of Health Services website on Sunday for the first time.

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The Governor’s Stay Home order and social distancing have left city areas empty and tempted wildlife to explore.

Small businesses say they’re having trouble accessing the federal government’s loan program.

Take a look at the states where COVID-19 cases are growing and those where it’s declining.

The U.S. Treasury says people will start receiving their COVID-19 pandemic stimulus payments this week.

East Valley Institute of Technology students are helping by sewing non-medical masks.

University of Arizona medical students help Tucson’s homeless during the Coronavirus pandemic.

First Things First commended Pinetop-Lakeside for proclaiming this the Week of the Young Child.

Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson reminds people to take part in this week’s STEN ProLive from home.

West Point Elementary School shared students’ artwork that will be submitted to the Arizona congressional art contest.

Cartwright School District starts distance learning tomorrow.

Moon Valley High School’s student reporters continue to deliver their news.

Dysart Unified School District shared this information about the high school grading and finals process.

Arizona Science Center explores kitchen science.

During this first week of online classes, Glendale Community College is reminding students to reach out to online tutoring services if they need help.

With schools planning calendars and looking at when to start classes next school year, there’s a number of things to keep in mind.

Updated April 10: Governor Doug Ducey said today that 100 more ventilators are on their way to the State of Arizona from the Strategic National Stockpile.

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Arizona rose today to 3,112, up from 3,018 yesterday, and 97 Arizonans have died from the virus, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 1,741 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 543 in Pima County, 287 in Navajo County, 214 in Coconino County, 138 in Pinal County, 62 in Yavapai County, 55 in Apache County, 16 in Yuma County, 28 in Mohave County, 11 in Cochise County, 7 in Santa Cruz County, 2 in Graham County, 4 in La Paz County, 3 in Gila County and 1 in Greenlee County.

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People who have applied for unemployment benefits should start seeing the extra $600 in their weekly check next week.

Social distancing is working to slow down how quickly COVID-19 cases are rising.

More equipment and funding are coming to Arizona as the number of of confirmed COVID-19 cases rise.

Arizona is also receiving more fabric to make surgical gowns.

And Costco is disinfecting gaps pumps between customers.

Meanwhile, the City of Tempe and the City of Phoenix are reminding people that the parks are closed so people don’t gather there for Easter weekend.

Dysart Unified School District is using its 3-D printers to create items to relieve the pressure that masks put on medical workers’ ears.

Doolen Middle school teachers and staff missing their students shared this video.

Supt. Kathy Hoffman said Phoenix Union High School District staff calls students each day to see how they’re doing.

ASU Prep Academy encourages parents to pay attention to how their children are feeling while we’re all at home together.

Pendergast Family Resource Center is offering support for students’ families in need.

If you’re looking for some apps to encourage learning, check this out.

Scottsdale Unified School District congratulated a student whose work will appear on the side of Valley Metro buses and light rail.

Maricopa County Schools Supt. Steve Watson let teachers know about a free cybersecurity workshop for teachers.

College students considering studying abroad should think carefully about that in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

JLBC forecasts a $500 M to $1.6 B budget deficit due to COVID-19

Updated April 9: The non-partisan Joint Legislative Budget Committee released a revenue forecast today indicating that the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic may lead to a budget deficit that ranges from $500 million to $1.6 billion. (More information below)

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Arizona rose today to 3,018, up from 2,726 yesterday, and 89 Arizonans have died from the virus, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

People are urged to stay home to stay safe. When you do go out in public, you’re encouraged to wear masks for your own protection as well as to protect the people around you. If you don’t sew, here’s a way to make one with items you may have around your home.

In Maricopa County, there are 1,689 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 512 in Pima County, 286 in Navajo County, 210 in Coconino County, 137 in Pinal County, 62 in Yavapai County, 52 in Apache County, 15 in Yuma County, 27 in Mohave County, 11 in Cochise County, 7 in Santa Cruz County, 2 in Graham County, 4 in La Paz County, 3 in Gila County and 1 in Greenlee County.

There are 1,099 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in people 20 to 44 years old, 726 confirmed cases in people 65 years or older, 573 cases in people 45 to 54 years old, 519 in people 55 to 64 years old, 95 in people less than 20 years old and 6 in people of unknown age, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The majority of confirmed cases of COVID-19 are being diagnosed by private laboratories 2,905 cases and just 113 cases were diagnosed by the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory.

The chart below provided by the Arizona Dept. of Health Services has information about COVID-19 testing in Arizona as of April 9, 2020.

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How virus affects Arizona’s budget

Take a look at this Arizona revenue forecast from the non-partisan Joint Legislative Budget Committee to see how the pandemic is affecting the state budget.

Basically, the state revenue forecast through fiscal year 2021 is linked to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the JLBC forecasts a shortfall or deficit that may range from $500 million to $1.6 billion.

Public health experts recommend gradually lifting social distancing once COVID-19 incidence rates decline noticeably, and there cold be a second wave of COVID-19 later in the year, according to the JLBC forecast.

Through March, Arizona’s general fund revenues were up by 8.1% and Arizona ranked third among states in economic momentum, but over the past three weeks 247,000 new unemployment claims have been filed, Phoenix hotel occupancy fell by 71% in the last week of March, several restaurant chains reported a 70% decrease in sales and AHCCCS caseloads gre by 42,000 in one month, an increase of 2.3 %, JLBC noted.

April income tax payments are now due in July, which shifts $676 million in general fund revenue collections from fiscal year 2020 to fiscal year 2021.

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With a projected budget deficit or shortfall of $638 million in fiscal year 2020 and another one of $462 million in fiscal year 2021, the Arizona Legislature will need to examine ways to deal with the $1.1 billion shortfall which could persist into fiscal years 2022 and 2023, according to the JLBC.

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By early June, the JLBC expects to have more data to assess the problem – including April and May withholding and April TPT collection, and will reassess and develop a new forecast.

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In the meantime, JLBC will develop potential solutions that could be implemented near the beginning of the fiscal year.

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Impact on education

Peoria Unified Supt. Linda Palles Thompson encouraged students to put on their superhero capes, “be creative, to learn, to love, to share and to remember” to help us all get through the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.

Need a resource to talk with your young children about this Coronavirus pandemic? Take a look at this.

Teletherapy for students with disabilities can help maintain a routine for students during this stressful time, according to an article in The Hechinger Report.

Arizona Science Center shares a demonstration of what protects an astronaut entering the earth’s atmosphere with an egg.

A Higley Unified teacher delivered messages to students in her class.

If you have a graduating high school senior in your home, submit their photo for AZEdNews’ senior online yearbook with a brief write up to celebrate their achievements and share their plans by clicking here.

Peoria Unified kicked off its Peoria Unified Virtual Arts and Cultural Festival today with this video of Ms. Angieri’s dancers from Peoria High School.

Students, do you feel like you need a little help managing your stress? Then Maricopa Community Colleges has a webinar today to help with that.

And finally, college-going students should remember to write a thank you letter after receiving a scholarship. Here’s why.

Updated April 8: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced a Mobile Hotspot Donation Drive to help K-12 students without home internet access online curriculum during the COVID-19 emergency.

To kick the drive off, the Arizona Department of Administration identified more than 200 hotspot devices across state government that the state is offering to students.

“Many students may have access to laptops or tablets without adequate internet connection,” Supt. Hoffman said. “That’s why we’re grateful to have this partnership in place to get hotspots to students who need them — and there are many students who need them. We encourage all of our nonprofit and private sector partners to join this effort to help make a big impact for students across our state.”

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 Coronavirus in Arizona rose today to 2,726, up from 2,575 yesterday, and 80 Arizonans have died from the virus, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 1,559 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 464 in Pima County, 240 in Navajo County, 186 in Coconino County, 124 in Pinal County, 58 in Yavapai County, 34 in Apache County, 14 in Yuma County, 23 in Mohave County, 9 in Cochise County, 6 in Santa Cruz County, 2 in Graham County, 3 in La Paz County, 3 in Gila County and 1 in Greenlee County.

There are 980 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in people 20 to 44 years old, 670 confirmed cases in people 65 years or older, 513 cases in people 45 to 54 years old, 475 in people 55 to 64 years old, 83 in people less than 20 years old and 5 in people of unknown age, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The majority of confirmed cases of COVID-19 are being diagnosed by private laboratories 2,631 cases and just 95 cases were diagnosed by the Arizona State Public Health Laboratory.

The chart below provided by the Arizona Dept. of Health Services has information about COVID-19 testing in Arizona as of April 8, 2020.

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Gov. Doug Ducey shared today the fastest way for Arizonans impacted by the COVID-19 Cornoavirus pandemic to apply for unemployment benefits.

To help hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic,  Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System will work with its provider partners to make available more than $50 million in accelerated hospital payments and advances, Gov. Ducey said.

More from schools

The strain of staying home and trying to do school work is catching up to many kids and teens.

Looking for a new indoor activity for your pre-schoolers?

The inequity in online learning is becoming clearer with 4 in 10 teens saying that haven’t done any online learning, according to National Public Radio.

Fordham Institute says what students will remember from the pandemic is how people step up in times of need.

A Chandler Unified principal thanked the community for providing food boxes with treats for Easter weekend.

Peoria Unified says their grab and do meal service has been helping feed students in the community for the past two weeks.

Cartwright School District shared a video from a student field trip before the COVID-19 school closures.

Ironwood High School announced it’s engineering program was selected to be part of a nationwide initiative.

Scottsdale Unified School District said today that summer school sessions will continue as planned.

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