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Stores re-open, COVID-19 testing blitz resumes on Saturday


Arizona Senate President Karen Fann During Rural Advocacy Day Sponsored By Arizona School Boards Association Feb. 17, 2020. Photo By Lisa Irish/AZEdNews

Click here for COVID-19 coverage from May 11 forward

Updated May 8: Some stores and salons re-opened today, and the COVID-19 Arizona testing blitz continues on Saturday.

The Arizona Senate has voted to adjourn, but Arizona House of Representatives Speaker Rusty Bowers said he would not follow Senate President Karen Fann’s lead, which means that until the House votes to adjourn the Senate has just recessed, according to The Associated Press.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose today to 10,526 from 9,945 yesterday, and 517 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 5,55 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,520 in Pima County, 945 in Navajo County, 659 in Coconino County, 566 in Pinal County, 170 in Yavapai County, 671 in Apache County, 159 in Yuma County, 171 in Mohave County, 41 in Cochise County, 38 in Santa Cruz County, 18 in Graham County, 22 in La Paz County, 19 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 3,976, followed by people 65 years and older with 2,444 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Forty-three percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 20% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 18% Native American, 14% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.

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More men, 54%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 410 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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There were 228 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities and more.

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Eastmark High school students thanked front-line workers.

Tucson Values Teachers honored Desert View High School’s Kasie Betten with the Teacher Excellence Award.

Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman honored Tuba City High School’s Kimberley Williams during Teacher appreciation Week.

See what students in Yuma schools are learning.

Cave Creek Unified shared graduation plans with students’ families.

Updated May 7: The Arizona Senate will end its legislative session on Friday, Senate President Karen Fann said Thursday morning, and the House of Representative will meet at 1 p.m. on Friday.

If both houses of the Arizona Legislature sine die, or end the session, that means all the bills that were not approved by both houses before they recessed are effectively dead.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose today to 9,945 from 9,707 yesterday, and 450 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 5,196 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,465 in Pima County, 912 in Navajo County, 618 in Coconino County, 530 in Pinal County, 152 in Yavapai County, 630 in Apache County, 148 in Yuma County, 158 in Mohave County, 40 in Cochise County, 38 in Santa Cruz County, 19 in Graham County, 20 in La Paz County, 17 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 3,742, followed by people 65 years and older with 2,309 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Forty-five percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 16% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 18% Native American, 14% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.

More men, 55%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 354 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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There were 224 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities and more.

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There is a free training program to help small businesses get access to CARES act capital they need.

U.S. News & World report encourages medical field students to develop cultural competence in five ways.

High school valedictorians and salutatorians are recording their speeches to be broadcast at KOLD News Studios.

Mesa United Way will distribute books donated by Kids Need to Read to help 250 families of Mesa Public School students living in motels.

Would you like to learn more about renewable energy? Then join this livestream created for high school students at 10 a.m. on May 8.

A Cave Creek student describes her teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week.

A Saguaro High School Spanish teacher created a plan for students to work as interpreters at Scottsdale City Court.

Dysart Unified congratulated one of their teachers who recently earned her Master’s degree.

Updated May 6: The Arizona Department of Health Services told a modeling team of researchers from ASU and U of A to stop their work predicting the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona on Monday night in an email. according to an ABC 15 Arizona story.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose today to 9,707 from 9,305 yesterday, and 426 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 5,138 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,425 in Pima County, 892 in Navajo County, 588 in Coconino County, 497 in Pinal County, 140 in Yavapai County, 612 in Apache County, 134 in Yuma County, 150 in Mohave County, 40 in Cochise County, 37 in Santa Cruz County, 19 in Graham County, 18 in La Paz County, 15 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 3,645, followed by people 65 years and older with 2,257 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Forty-six percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 14% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 19% Native American, 15% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.

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More men, 55%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older, 331 have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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There were 212 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities and more.

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Maricopa Community Colleges are creating personal protective gear for medical workers.

Supt. Kathy Hoffman thanked school nurses today.

Students gave their teacher a big surprise.

Higley Schools congratulated teacher Hope Berg who was named Higley Traditional Academy 2020 Teacher of the Year.

Phoenix Union High School District reminded students to pick up their cap, gown and a yard sign from their school.

Updated May 5: Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose today to 9,305 from 8,919 yesterday, and 395 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 4,929 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,379 in Pima County, 869 in Navajo County, 561 in Coconino County, 478 in Pinal County, 126 in Yavapai County, 576 in Apache County, 115 in Yuma County, 147 in Mohave County, 39 in Cochise County, 35 in Santa Cruz County, 19 in Graham County, 16 in La Paz County, 14 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 3,491, followed by people 65 years and older with 2,181 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Forty-five percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 14% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 19% Native American, 15% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.

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More men, 56%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older, 308 have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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There were 208 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities and more.

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Expect More Arizona and Save Our Schools Arizona thank teachers for their great work with students during Teacher Appreciation Day.

Arizona Science Center invites people to explore the science of cooking with a webinar on May 8 at 4 p.m.

Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman celebrated teachers today also.

One in six high school seniors say that COVID-19 has changed their plans to attend college in the fall, according to PBS NewsHour.

As classes comes to an end for the semester, Arizona State University’s Michael Crow thanked teachers for all they do for students during Teacher Appreciation Day.

Scottsdale Unified will open its Kids Club Summer Camps May 26.

Tempe Union High School District congratulated winners of it’s 2020 Excellence in Education Awards.

WestEd shows what differentiated learning look like for catching students up after school closures for COVID-19.

Tucson Unified and the City of Tucson teamed up to improve safety for students walking to Tucson High School.

Moon Valley Student Council members honored teachers with posters during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Peoria Arts Ed congratulated a Peoria Unified third grader whose design was selected to be displayed on a utility box.

Cartwright School District thanked its entire staff for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Dysart Unified thanked staff members too.

Updated May 4: Gov. Doug Ducey, Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ and Arizona and Arizona National Guard’s Maj. Gen. Michael McGuire updated Arizonans on COVID-19 efforts and some next steps for getting back to business.

Arizona Department of Health Services Video: COVID-19 News Conference 5/1/2020

The Stay at Home order remains in place until May 15, Gov. Ducey said.

Gov. Ducey said there is a downward trajectory of COVID-19 like illness in Arizona.

“We have been steady across the course of these tests with a downward trajectory over the past two weeks,” Gov. Ducey said.

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Gov. Ducey said the first weekend of the Arizona Testing Blitz was a success and “the next two Saturdays will be a major expansion of testing.”

“This downward trend helps us make economic decisions safely,” Gov. Ducey said.

The state’s goal is to test everyone in long-term care facilities, Gov. Ducey said.

In addition, if a loved one contracts COVID-19 in a long-term care facility “You will be notified,” Gov. Ducey said.

Testing will be increased for corrections inmates and employees alike, Gov. Ducey said.

“We want to return stronger as a state,” Gov. Ducey said.

“It will be a gradual and phased in process and that will continue,” Gov. Ducey said.

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Gov. Doug Ducey at May 4, 2020 COVID-19 update conference. Photo courtesy Arizona Department of Health Services

‘We will prioritize public health to return stronger over time,” Gov. Ducey said.

Testing will increase and the state will phase in getting back to business, Gov. Ducey said.

On Friday, May 8, barbers and salons may reopen with public health protections and using CDC guidelines and enhanced sanitation protocols, Gov. Ducey said in an executive order.

Monday, May 11 dine-in services will reopen with physical distancing requirements inside restaurants, Gov. Ducey said.

Vulnerable adults with serious underlying health conditions should remain at home, and telework should continue as it has, Gov. Ducey said.

The state will continue to work with fitness and hospitality industries toward guidelines on ways to re-open, Gov. Ducey said.

“We don’t want a second wave. We’re making decisions with the confidence that we are going in the right direction,” Gov. Ducey said.

Some Arizona businesses began a gradual re-opening today following guidelines from Gov. Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services.

This has been such an astronomical rise in unemployment – the state has gone from several thousand unemployed to more than 480 thousand unemployed due to COVID-19 and the system to apply for unemployment benefits has been stressed, Gov. Ducey said.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose today to 8,919 from 8.364 yesterday, and 362 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 4,751 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,346 in Pima County, 800 in Navajo County, 540 in Coconino County, 468 in Pinal County, 93 in Yavapai County, 549 in Apache County, 110 in Yuma County, 141 in Mohave County, 39 in Cochise County, 34 in Santa Cruz County, 18 in Graham County, 14 in La Paz County, 14 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 3,322, followed by people 65 years and older with 2,125 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Forty-six percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 13% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 19% Native American, 15% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.

More men, 56%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older, 280 have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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The confirmed COVID-19 cases by day chart continues to show the largest spikes in the weeks following Easter and Passover.

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There were 201 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities and more.

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See what hotels’ new cleaning guidelines are after COVID-19.

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.

In response to the concern about COVID-19, Maricopa County is considering several days of in-person voting for the August election.

Also, the Secretary of State’s Office has expanded collecting signatures online to county, municipal and precinct committee offices

A panel of education leaders say schools need to be prepared for closures again if COVID-19 resurges in their area.

Find out what schools and states must report about how they use COVID-19 aid.

Supt. of Public Education Kathy Hoffman thanked teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week.

A Desert Willow student describes her teacher during Teacher Appreciation Week.

Chandler Unified thanked teachers with a unique social media post.

Alhambra Elementary thanked Valley of the Sun United Way for donations of hygiene products for their families.

A Dysart Unified teacher celebrated Star Wars Day with his students this morning.

Goodyear Police Dept. got into the spirit of Star Wars Day with this social media post.

East Valley Institute of Technology’s Dr. Chad Wilson wrote that career and technical education and the trades are vital to Arizona’s workforce in a guest column that ran in Arizona Capitol Times.

If you’re taking part in ASU’s first virtual commencement here are some tips.

Listen to a podcast that covers how colleges and universities are coping with the pandemic with a focus on equity and lower-income students.

Updated May 2: Arizona’s COVID-19 testing blitz began today and will continue over three weekends.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose today to 8,364 from 7,962 yesterday, and 348 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 4,421 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,300 in Pima County, 766 in Navajo County, 512 in Coconino County, 435 in Pinal County, 87 in Yavapai County, 507 in Apache County, 89 in Yuma County, 127 in Mohave County, 39 in Cochise County, 34 in Santa Cruz County, 17 in Graham County, 14 in La Paz County, 14 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 3,079, followed by people 65 years and older with 2,037 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Forty-five percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 15% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 20% Native American, 14% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 1% Other/Non-Hispanic.

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More men, 56%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older, 267 have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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There were 197 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities and more.

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Drivers are being warned to stay away from I-17 in Anthem where firefighters are battling a brush fire that’s spread to 200 acres.

Share a story about an influential teacher to help celebrate Arizona’s teachers during Arizona Teacher Appreciation Day on May 5.

Read about a Tucson school district is visiting students at their homes to connect with kids they haven’t been able to reach for the past two months.

School supplied collected during a donation drive have been given to Amphi and Tucscon Unified schools for their students.

Tucson Values Teachers thanked Helios Education Foundation and other people who donated to them during Arizona Gives Day on April 7 and shared how it will benefit local teachers.

Williams Field High School’s English Department reminds students to take an active role in their life stories.

Updated May 1: More than 12 military aircraft from Luke Air Force Base and the Arizona National Guard did a flyover above the Phoenix metropolitan area this afternoon to honor healthcare workers, first responders and other essential workers in the COVID-19 fight.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reminds people that this is the first week of the Arizona COVID-19 testing blitz and to check its website for more information and to pre-register for testing.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose today to 7,962 from 7,648 yesterday, and 330 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 4,156 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,267 in Pima County, 741 in Navajo County, 498 in Coconino County, 417 in Pinal County, 82 in Yavapai County, 478 in Apache County, 82 in Yuma County, 122 in Mohave County, 39 in Cochise County, 33 in Santa Cruz County, 17 in Graham County, 15 in La Paz County, 13 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 2,942, followed by people 65 years and older with 1,943 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Forty-six percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 13% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 21% Native American, 14% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.

More men, 58%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older, 252 have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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Some businesses say they’re going to open ahead of the schedule Gov. Ducey set out earlier this week.

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said Gov. Ducey’s decision wasn’t easy, but it was right.

Gov. Ducey released further guidance for businesses that are re-opening today.

But people who don’t think the state is getting back to business quickly enough have launched a recall effort against Gov. Ducey.

Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman thanked all the people creating and serving meals to students during National School Lunch Hero Day.

Find ways to let your kids teachers know you appreciate everything they do during Teacher Appreciations Week May 4th through 8th.

More children are seeking help at an emergency youth center in Southern Arizona during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rio Rico High School seniors have said they’d like to celebrate graduation with a parade and details will follow.

Dysart Unified, Peoria Unified and Deer Valley Unified shared their plan for graduation ceremonies in June in a social media post.

Kyrene Schools thanked their school leaders on School Principals’ Day.

Updated April 30: Arizona Legislators won’t reconvene the session yet due to Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home order remaining in place until May 15.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose today to 7,648 from 7,202 yesterday, and 320 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 3,972 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,241 in Pima County, 712 in Navajo County, 486 in Coconino County, 397 in Pinal County, 79 in Yavapai County, 449 in Apache County, 78 in Yuma County, 117 in Mohave County, 39 in Cochise County, 33 in Santa Cruz County, 16 in Graham County, 14 in La Paz County, 13 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 2,810, followed by people 65 years and older with 1,887 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Forty-six percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 15% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 20% Native American, 13% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.

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More men, 58%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older, 244 have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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The stay home order also means virtual visits for kids in foster care continue.

Looking to take a hike in a forest? The Arizona Game and Fish Department reminds people that fees are still being enforced at national forests.

About 80 percent of students in urban areas have access to the Internet, while just 60 percent of students in rural areas do, according to school superintendents.

Expect More Arizona says students are getting left behind because of the widening opportunity gap.

Flagstaff Unified moved the last day for school for students to May 22 this year.

Maricopa County School Superintendent Steve Watson invites you to take part in their cybersecurity workshops online.

Dysart Education Foundation provided scholarships to help students complete their post-secondary education.

University of Arizona, Arizona State University and Northern Arizona University have announced that they plan to reopen in-person classes for students for the Fall semester.

Updated April 29: Gov. Doug Ducey said the stay at home order due to COVID-19 cases remains in place with modifications until May 15 with a gradual, phased in re-opening of businesses and segments of the economy during a 3 p.m. press conference Wednesday.

The stay-at-home order was due to expire tomorrow.

Click here for Gov. Ducey’s new executive order on Returning Stronger.

“Arizona’s stay at home order remains in place until May 15 and Arizona’s economy begins to gradually reopen,” Gov. Ducey said.

Arizona Department of Health Services: April 29, 2020 COVID-19 News Conference

“Everyone is doing their part,” Gov. Ducey said about social distancing and staying home.

Gov. Ducey noted there is a downward trend in the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

“Everyone in our state has been affected by COVID-19,” Gov. Ducey said about the 304 people who have died from the virus.

The decrease in deaths by week is good news, Gov. Ducey said.

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“We’ve done nearly 70,000 tests in Arizona. We need more testing,” Gov. Ducey said. “We need diagnostic and antibody testing. We’re going to have a testing blitz this week.”

The diagnostic tests will tell you if you have COVID-19 right now, Gov. Ducey said.

“We’re also going to be ramping up antibody testing. What that tells you is if you’ve contracted COVID-19 in the past and have since recovered from it,” Gov. Ducey said.

“Going forward I just want you to know that we’re going to continue to act with both our heads and our hearts on this. We’re putting public health first,” Gov. Ducey said.

“Our travel restrictions order will be extended through May 15. In addition, our stay home, stay healthy, stay connected order is extended through May 15 with modifications,” Gov. Ducey said.

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“We’ve earned where we are today, and we’re not going to undo this,” Gov. Ducey said.

“The objective is that we do return stronger,” Gov. Ducey said.

“This pandemic has dimmed our economy as a result of the sacrifice everyone in the state is making to slow the spread of this virus,” Gov. Ducey said.

“We’re going to return to physical and economic health the Arizona Way in a gradual way,” Gov. Ducey said.

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“Were going to balance public health with returning stronger economically,” Gov. Ducey said.

“We’re going to make the decisions in a responsible way so we have safe participation,” Gov. Ducey said.

The next step in terms of breathing life back into small business will start Monday, May 4th with a partial re-opening of retail stores and an expansion of that on Friday, May 8th with physical distancing and sanitary requirements.

Dine-in restaurants may begin serving customers on Tuesday, May 12th and there will be more information on that released next week.

“We’re going to have ongoing announcements as data shapes our decisions,” Gov. Ducey said.

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Earlier today, news media reported that religious leaders had asked Gov. Ducey to delay re-opening for business, but business leaders asked him to get back to work before more small businesses are forced to close.

Executive Director Dr. Cara Christ said she would not release the number of COVID-19 cases by nursing home citing privacy concerns.

I don’t think people want their home addresses released with that information, Dr. Christ said.

Other states have released the names and locations of long-term care and assisted living facilities with confirmed COVID-19 cases, but Gov. Ducey, Dr. Christ, the Arizona Department of Corrections and Maricopa County Health Department have not, say public information and health privacy experts in an ABC 15 Arizona story.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose today to 7,202 from 6,948 yesterday, and 304 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 3,723 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,215 in Pima County, 682 in Navajo County, 453 in Coconino County, 387 in Pinal County, 79 in Yavapai County, 392 in Apache County, 65 in Yuma County, 105 in Mohave County, 38 in Cochise County, 31 in Santa Cruz County, 10 in Graham County, 8 in La Paz County, 12 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 2,642, followed by people 65 years and older with 1,803 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Forty-nine percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 13% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 18% Native American, 14% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 1% Other/Non-Hispanic.

More men, 57%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older, 233 have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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Phoenix’s Economic Development Department said 20 to 25% of small businesses in the city may not survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Loan size decreased sharply in the second round of the paycheck protection program, according to a Phoenix Business Journal article.

The number of unemployed Arizonans continues to rise due to COVID-19 closures and is now at 470,000, according to a Capitol Media Services article.

An astronaut gives advice on surviving isolation during this quarantine on PBS’ Arizona Horizon.

Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman says there’s a plan to open schools for the next school year on KTAR 92.3 FM.

Shadow Ridge High School’s Youth Alive Club set up a giving table to help families in need.

Staff cleaning out lockers to return items to students say seventh graders are the biggest packrats.

Sabino HIgh School seniors picked up their caps and gowns today at the school.

Mobile hotspot donations are helping Arizona kids learn online while schools remain closed.

Celebrate International Dance Day at home.

First Things First reminds parents that tummy time helps baby’s physical development.

Phoenix Union High School District continues to highlight graduating seniors in social media posts like this.

Tempe Elementary has cancelled its summer enrichment program.

A Phoenix 5- year-old leads an art class of stuffed animals at home.

Glendale Community College reminds students that tutoring services are free.

Coconino Community College commencement ceremonies go virtual.

Grand Canyon University students find creative ways to celebrate graduation.

Updated April 28

TGen researchers share what they’re learning about whether people who recover from COVID-19 become immune to it in this KJZZ 91.5 FM story.

Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said she believes the state is prepared to handle a second wave of COVID-19 cases.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose today to 6,948 from 6,716 yesterday, and 293 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 3,578 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,188 in Pima County, 665 in Navajo County, 439 in Coconino County, 365 in Pinal County, 77 in Yavapai County, 380 in Apache County, 60 in Yuma County, 99 in Mohave County, 37 in Cochise County, 31 in Santa Cruz County, 9 in Graham County, 7 in La Paz County, 11 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 2,557, followed by people 65 years and older with 1,736 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Get tested for COVID-19 during the Arizona Testing Blitz starting this Saturday, click on the link in the Tweet below for locations and details.

As you can see from this chart, confirmed COVID cases spiked sharply on April 20, one week after Easter and four days after the end of Passover.

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Forty-eight percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 13% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 19% Native American, 13% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 1% Other/Non-Hispanic.

More men, 57%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older, 223 have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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People in assisted-living and long-term health care facilities had the most confirmed COVID-19 cases among congregate settings with prison/jails/detention centers ranking fourth in cases.

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President Donald Trump will sign an executive order to keep meat and egg plants open.

Cities are seeking federal COVID-19 aid to help ease budget crises and avoid possible furloughs or layoffs.

Gov. Doug Ducey provided a link to employment opportunities for unemployed hospitality workers.

12 News’ Joe Dana thanked DES employees taking calls from out of work Arizonans for their service.

Parents are using the fallout from the COVID-19 epidemic to teach their children about personal finance.

ReadBetterBeBetter reminds people to get ready to celebrate Arizona Teachers on Tuesday, May 5.

Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman thanked schools for doing all they can to provide learning and resources for students and families during school closures.

KTAR 92.3 FM will recognize high school valedictorians and highlight their speech throughout May. Here’s what to do.

Scottsdale Unified School District thanked seniors for their ideas on alternate graduation acitivities and said they’ll get back with them on what will go forward after Gov. Ducey’s decision on the Stay at Home order that expires April 30.

Dysart Unified is considering converting some schools into middle schools and is holding an online meeting about it tonight at 6:30 p.m.

Scouts from Cave Creek Unified School District are bringing mask making materials to neighbors and completes masks to healthcare workers.

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

High school juniors and seniors can access free, for-credit online courses through Embry Riddle University.

Humboldt Unified School District invited community members to watch a live Q & A with it’s two superintendent finalists at 1 p.m. today.

Education Week says teachers jobs are at risk if federal assistance for schools doesn’t increase significantly.

WestEd provides some guidance about allowable uses of CARES act funds for local education agencies.

Learn a little more about school budgets from Peoria Unified’s Michelle Myers.

Grand Canyon seniors are sharing their college-life wisdom with incoming freshmen in videos like this.

Updated April 27

The Arizona Department of Health Services and healthcare partners statewide announced a plan Monday called the Arizona Testing Blitz to test 10,000 to 20,000 Arizonans for COVID-19 each Saturday for the next three weeks.

People interested in being tested can find locations and pre-registration information on the AZDHS website at  azhealth.gov/TestingBlitz.

This drive-through or onsite testing starts Saturday, May 2 at seven Banner Health and Walgreens locations statewide. There are five testing locations in the Phoenix area, and more sites and dates will be added so check back over time.

Testing will be available to anyone who thinks they have been exposed to and could be infected with COVID-19 and will be based on criteria set by each testing site.

“We know that rapidly identifying cases, conducting case follow-up, and performing contact tracing will help slow the transmission of COVID-19 in our communities,” said Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services in a press release.

“Arizona has placed an emphasis on ramping up testing, but we need more,” said Gov. Doug Ducey in the press release.

“As our healthcare partners develop a more reliable supply of testing materials, we’re working together to take testing availability to the next level,” Gov. Ducey said. “The Arizona Testing Blitz is just one step of many that will expand access to testing for Arizonans and provide us with better data to develop Arizona specific solutions and re-energize our economy.”

Oxford University researchers prepare for COVID-19 vaccine trials, while other researchers identify cells that the virus targets in the human body.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose today to 6.716 from 6.526 yesterday, and 275 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services. No new COVID-19 deaths were reported Monday morning.

In Maricopa County, there are 3,457 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,164 in Pima County, 628 in Navajo County, 425 in Coconino County, 359 in Pinal County, 77 in Yavapai County, 362 in Apache County, 53 in Yuma County, 96 in Mohave County, 36 in Cochise County, 30 in Santa Cruz County, 9 in Graham County, 7 in La Paz County, 11 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

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People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 2,477, followed by people 65 years and older with 1,657 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

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Forty-nine percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 12% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 20% Native American, 13% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 1% Other/Non-Hispanic.

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More men, 58%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older, 208 have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

The second round of funding to help small businesses was approved last week, and the City of Phoenix provides resources to help small business owners apply.

Gov. Ducey thanked Turf Paradise over Jerry Sims for his donation to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund.

Some employees at a Tolleson meat-processor are concerned fellow workers have been sick.

Tyson Foods warns that food supply chains are vulnerable as meat processing plants close because of COVID-19.

Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said the state is helping prepare schools for safe re-openings in the Fall.

Curious about what some high school students are thinking about the end of their senior year? Read this.

Meanwhile, education leaders fear that the losses in revenues caused by COVID-19 may lead to cuts in some of the education funding that has been partially restored recently.

Students are missing out on class time and many activities, but they’re learning some life lessons.

A 10-year-old Mesa girl sad she wouldn’t be able to go to museums started a neighborhood trend by displaying a drawing.

ReadBetterBeBetter is sharing videos of staff reading their favorite stories in English and Spanish.

Maricopa County School Supt. Steve Watson asks teachers to share what they’re doing to create meaningful learning for their students.

Increased stress may lead to more abusive situations.

Dysart Unified thanked the owner of Saigon Kitchen for donating meals for Nutrition Services staff whoh ave been serving grab-and-go meals for students.

College students are facing challenges they haven’t before. Here’s what they’re doing to manage the stress.

Maricopa Community College has created a hub to help students access available resources.

Updated April 26

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose today to 6.526 from 6,280 yesterday, and 275 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 3,359 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,136 in Pima County, 625 in Navajo County, 420 in Coconino County, 342 in Pinal County, 76 in Yavapai County, 336 in Apache County, 51 in Yuma County, 88 in Mohave County, 36 in Cochise County, 30 in Santa Cruz County, 7 in Graham County, 7 in La Paz County, 11 in Gila County and 2 in Greenlee County.

People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 2,411, followed by people 65 years and older with 1,613 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Forty-nine percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 12% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 20% Native American, 13% 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 old or older, 208 have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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