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Updated July 9: When asked if in-person classes at schools will start on Aug. 17, Gov. Doug Ducey said during his COVID-19 news conference today, “Our goal is to get children back to school when it’s safe.”

On Tuesday, more than 600 school board members sent a letter to Gov. Ducey, Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman, and the Arizona Legislature asking them to delay the start of in-person classes at Arizona schools until October 1st, according to an Arizona Republic article.

Gov. Ducey said he will work closely with Supt. Hoffman and continue to seek input from school leaders on that.

“I said last week (Aug. 17) it’s an aspirational date. I’m listening to superintendents and our decisions are informed by that,” Gov. Ducey said.

“The goal is to educate our children in the safest and most effective way possible, and I’m going to continue to work with superintendents and parents on that,” Gov. Ducey said.

AZ Dept. Of Health Services: COVID-19 News Conference July 9, 2020

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 112,671 today from 108,614 yesterday, and 2,038 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 73,165 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 10,835 in Pima County, 7,899 in Yuma County, 4,150 in Navajo County, 5,156 in Pinal County, 2,520 in Apache County, 2,338 in Coconino County, 2,095 in Santa Cruz County, 1,595 in Mohave County, 1,037 in Yavapai County, 905 in Cochise County, 384 in La Paz County, 385 in Gila County, 180 in Graham County and 27 in Greenlee County.

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“We are seeing some stabilization, but we need to see a decline across the state,” Gov. Ducey said. “Although we have made some progress on this in the past seven days, there is no county in Arizona no matter how rural or how sparsely populated has been spared.”

“In Arizona, our rapid increase was in June. Let’s compare that to the nation,” Gov. Ducey said. “In the United States, we were seeing a decrease through May and through June, when Arizona was seeing it’s rapid increase. What you see for the country in July is a rapid spiking and increase of these cases.”

“Ir’s possible that Arizona was the front of that wave of increases in these cases, and the actions that we’re taking can lead the way for our state to navigate forward,” Gov. Ducey said.

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Gov. Ducey says he hears the criticism and differing opinions on how Arizona has handled this virus.

Gov. Ducey said his decisions “will not be affected by politics in any way,” that “everything we will do going forward will be to promote and protect public health in Arizona.”

“I talked about protecting lives and protecting livelihoods, and when in doubt we will err on the side of protecting lives and proceed with caution,” Gov. Ducey said.

“Over the last two weeks, Arizona’s map looks a lot different than it did three weeks ago. So we are seeing better results, we need to see more but the actions that we took 10 days ago are making a difference. We need to increase this difference,” Gov. Ducey said.

Gov. Ducey said Dr. Deborah Birx told him that he needs to think about getting out of the zone the state is in right now as a two-to four-week event.

“There are continued sacrifices that are needed,” Gov. Ducey said.

“There really is nothing that you can do that will help more than staying at home,” Gov. Ducey said. “This idea of sacrificing is really a mindset.

“If you see it as helping other Arizonans, helping our state, helping our country, helping our health care workers, putting our kids in position where eventually they can return to school and that we can protect the maximum amount of people and protect the maximum amount of livelihoods, there is strength in numbers along with the informed actions we can take,” Gov. Ducey said.

The additional actions we’re going to take to slow the spread of COVID-19 are to reduce large group gatherings and places of higher risk, Gov. Ducey said.

Today there’s a new Executive Order to limit indoor dining to less than 50% of occupancy which is set by the fire code, Gov. Ducey said. The order was made with input from restaurant industry leaders, Gov. Ducey said.

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“We are launching Project Catapult to dramatically increase testing in Arizona,” Gov. Ducey said.

Project Catapult has AZ Dept. of Health Services partnering with Sonora Quest Laboratories and Euroimmun/PerkinElmer to expand processing capabilities of COVID-19 diagnostic tests. Under this partnership, Sonora Quest expects to increase processing capacity to 35,000 diagnostic tests per day by the end of July, and up to 60,000 tests per day by the end of August.

In addition, the AZ Dept. of Health Services is partnering with Arizona State University to provide saliva-based COVID-19 testing to Arizonans. The first drive-through site will be offered on Saturday, July 11 in the West Valley.

Individuals need to pre-register for an appointment. Additional sites and available dates will be added over the next couple of months. Through this partnership, ADHS has committed up to $12.7 million to fund the expansion of testing sites to serve up to 100,000 Arizonans.

Working with these private sector partners will help expand testing this month and next month, Gov. Ducey said.

Also, Arizona is working in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and the Dept. of Health and Human Services to provide more testing, and the focus will be on Maryvale, and additional sites will be announced in upcoming days, Gov. Ducey said.

Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said the new partnership will offer up to 5,000 free COVID-19 tests per day at sites in Maryvale and South Phoenix. The testing increase includes 12 days of surge testing, Dr. Christ said.

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Gov. Ducey urged people to stay home and told them it will “benefit the State of Arizona and will help us navigate through this.”

Gov. Ducey asked everyone to wear a mask.

“There is no better way to lighten the load than to put on a mask and slow the spread of the virus,” Gov. Ducey said.

“We are all going to be living with this virus for the forseeable future,” Gov. Ducey said.

Updated July 8: Arizona Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said the White House Summit on Safely Reopening America’s Schools “did not reflect the magnitude or severity of Arizona’s growing public health crisis” with a rise in COVID-19 cases.

“While young students may be at lower risk for infection, the educators who make learning possible – including instructional aides, librarians, bus drivers, nutrition workers and more – are at risk, as are students with medical conditions,” Supt. Hoffman said.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 108,614 today from 105,094 yesterday, and 1,963 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 70,128 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 10,485 in Pima County, 7,775 in Yuma County, 4,089 in Navajo County, 4,959 in Pinal County, 2,499 in Apache County, 2,250 in Coconino County, 2,061 in Santa Cruz County, 1,509 in Mohave County, 1,016 in Yavapai County, 884 in Cochise County, 381 in La Paz County, 381 in Gila County, 179 in Graham County and 26 in Greenlee County.

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In Maricopa County, there are 64,915 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 9,873 in Pima County, 7,431 in Yuma County, 3,904 in Navajo County, 4,600 in Pinal County, 2,441 in Apache County, 2,190 in Coconino County, 2,002 in Santa Cruz County, 1,413 in Mohave County, 948 in Yavapai County, 826 in Cochise County, 371 in La Paz County, 349 in Gila County, 152 in Graham County and 26 in Greenlee County.

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In Maricopa County, there are 54,747 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 8,577 in Pima County, 6,663 in Yuma County, 3,744 in Navajo County, 3,908 in Pinal County, 2,405 in Apache County, 1,986 in Coconino County, 1,849 in Santa Cruz County, 1,248 in Mohave County, 814 in Yavapai County, 678 in Cochise County, 346 in La Paz County, 314 in Gila County, 117 in Graham County and 19 in Greenlee County.

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In Maricopa County, there are 52,266 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 8,387 in Pima County, 6,485 in Yuma County, 3,703 in Navajo County, 3,777 in Pinal County, 2,381 in Apache County, 1,941 in Coconino County, 1,802 in Santa Cruz County, 1,142 in Mohave County, 771 in Yavapai County, 657 in Cochise County, 345 in La Paz County, 309 in Gila County, 108 in Graham County and 18 in Greenlee County.

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Arizona Dept. of Health Services: COVID-19 News Conference June 29, 2020

In Maricopa County, there are 45,178 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 7,568 in Pima County, 5,882 in Yuma County, 3,570 in Navajo County, 3,382 in Pinal County, 2,309 in Apache County, 1,850 in Coconino County, 1,717 in Santa Cruz County, 1,028 in Mohave County, 755 in Yavapai County, 580 in Cochise County, 332 in La Paz County, 271 in Gila County, 92 in Graham County and 18 in Greenlee County.

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Earlier coverage

June 29: Video: Gov. delays in-person classes to Aug. 17 due to rise in COVID-19

Updates from June 15 – June 29: Video: Gov. pauses re-opening of some businesses as COVID-19 cases rise

June 24: Plan provides more funding, flexible instruction as schools re-open

Updates from May 26 – June 12: Increase in COVID-19 cases marks a new daily high

Updates from May 20 – 25: AZ Dept. of Ed releases COVID-19 guidance to schools for summer programs, back to school

Updates from May 11 – 19: Arizonans consider workplace safety, what back to school will look like amid COVID-19

Updates from April 26 – May 10: Stores re-open, COVID-19 testing blitz resumes on Saturday

Updates from April 8 – 25You can get tested now if you think you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

Updates from March 12 – April 7Coronavirus response: Cases rise; AZ Day of Giving