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Arizonans consider workplace safety, what back to school will look like amid COVID-19


Del Vista Sur Accelerated Academy Students Working On A Classroom Project Toghether. Photo By Brooke Martinez/ AZEdNews

For May 20, 2020 and forward COVID-19 and schools updates click here

Updated May 19: Arizona’s large class sizes and small classrooms have led to concerns about students’ safety when they go back to school and what will happen if there’s another wave of COVID-19 cases.

As Arizona employees returns to work there are some things they should consider.

The Arizona House of Representatives meets today to vote on several bills, after the Senate voted to adjourn on May 8th.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 14,566 today from 14,170 yesterday, and 704 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

ASU researchers calculate the state’s true coronavirus exposure rate was four to six times the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reported.

In Maricopa County, there are 7,482 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,888 in Pima County, 1,320 in Navajo County, 943 in Coconino County, 720 in Pinal County, 269 in Yavapai County, 1,023 in Apache County, 433 in Yuma County, 262 in Mohave County, 46 in Cochise County, 97 in Santa Cruz County, 20 in Graham County, 38 in La Paz County, 22 in Gila County and 3 in Greenlee County.

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People 20 to 44 years old had the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 5,663, followed by people 65 years and older with 3,091 cases, then people 45 to 54 years old with 2,447 cases, people from 55 to 64 years old with 2,177 cases and people under 20 years old with 1,179 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Forty-two percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 22% in White/Non-Hispanic, 19% in Hispanic or Latino, 12% Native American, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.

Twenty-nine percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 41% were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition. Fifty-three percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are female.

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A University of Arizona study says surface coatings could help limit the spread of viruses such as COVID-19.

Forty-one percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 20% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 17% Native American, 16% 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 – 560 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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There were 293 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities, hospitals, shelters, workplace, dialysis clinics, private residential, hospice, childcare/daycare, college/university, outpatient clinics and religious facilities.

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The Phoenix City Council could vote on a budget today and activists are seeking help for the undocumented during the COVID-19 crisis.

Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman talked about the importance of school nurses and how higher education can support K-12 education.

Looking for ideas on how to celebrate Arizona’s Class of 2020? Then get some suggestions from Expect More Arizona.

East Valley Institute of Technology Students celebrate completing their career training programs in a parade.

College Depot at Phoenix Public Library is offering a summer program for graduating seniors to ensure their transition to college goes well.

Phoenix Police Chief Jeri Williams a Maryvale alumna congratulated graduates.

Cartwright School District honored it’s graduating eighth-graders and their families today.

Students who had issues last week taking the AP exams online may be allowed to email them in.

Join the Diverse Teachers Chat hosted by The Education Trust to talk about ways to support teachers of color year-round.

Arizona Republic Columnist Karina Bland gave a speech for graduates as part of The Virtual Graduation Project.

A Cave Creek Unified student was honored with the US Figure Skating Silver Level Graduating Senior Award.

Arizona’s Flinn Scholars are being honored with yearbook-style social media posts.

Mesa Police congratulated the Class of 2020 of Dobson High School with this video.

Updated May 18: As Arizona businesses re-open, employees with underlying health issues are giving careful thought to evaluate the options before heading back to the office after Gov. Doug Ducey’s Stay Home order for COVID-19 expired Friday evening.

Leaders of the Arizona House of Representatives say they’re planning on returning to work Tuesday at 1 p.m., despite the Arizona Senate’s vote to adjourn on May 8th.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 14,170 today from 13,937 yesterday, and 686 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 7,340 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,825 in Pima County, 1,285 in Navajo County, 901 in Coconino County, 702 in Pinal County, 267 in Yavapai County, 988 in Apache County, 405 in Yuma County, 251 in Mohave County, 46 in Cochise County, 78 in Santa Cruz County, 20 in Graham County, 38 in La Paz County, 22 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 5,483, followed by people 65 years and older with 3,038 cases, then people 45 to 54 years old with 2,383 cases, people from 55 to 64 years old with 2,121 cases and people under 20 years old with 1,134 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Forty-two percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 22% in White/Non-Hispanic, 18% in Hispanic or Latino, 12% Native American, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.

Thirty percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 41% were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition. Fifty-three percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are female.

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Forty-two percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 19% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 17% Native American, 16% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 1% Other/Non-Hispanic.

More men, 54%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 548 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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There were 287 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities, hospitals, shelters, workplace, dialysis clinics, private residential, hospice, childcare/daycare, college/university, outpatient clinics and religious facilities.

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Remember to show appreciation during Emergency Medical Services Week, said Arizona Treasurer Kimberly Yee.

Small businesses interested in getting back to business stronger may be interested in the AZ Small Business Boot Camp below.

People visited malls, restaurants and went tubing on the Salt River this weekend as businesses began to re-open with modifications.

If your student took an AP exam online, you’re going to want to read this.

On Wednesday it will be Arizona Graduate Recognition Day so remember to celebrate the Class of 2020.

Mirage staff will wish their students and families a happy summer in a Reverse Parade on Thursday.

Take a look at Sarah’s solar system project for her Dysart School District classroom.

Mesa’s libraries will begin curb-side pickup this week.

Today’s is the 55th birthday of Head Start which has provided pre-school learning experiences for 37 million children in partnership with their families.

There are two more days to enter the National Kindness Speech Contest, so get your entry ready Treasures4Teachers reminds students.

Want to make sure your kids keep learning now that distance learning is ending for the summer? Study Hall, a partnership of Phoenix school districts and the City of Phoenix has some ideas to help with that.

When students read poems about things they relate to it can inspire them to write about their experiences, says Edutopia.

A Cave Creek Unified student created a little free library for a project.

Act to Change in hoping people will take part in their Day Against Bullying and Hate.

Chandler Unified School district celebrates its graduates with social media yearbook-style posts.

Do you have security concerns with online learning? Then take a look at what WestEd found.

Teachers, are you looking for ways to earn professional development credits this summer? Look below for some ideas from Edutopia.

Updated May 15: Gov. Doug Ducey’s Stay Home order expires this evening, and many will head to re-opened businesses and national parks that have been closed due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 13,169 today from 12,674 yesterday, and 651 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 6,821 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,750 in Pima County, 1,177 in Navajo County, 823 in Coconino County, 670 in Pinal County, 254 in Yavapai County, 927 in Apache County, 310 in Yuma County, 242 in Mohave County, 45 in Cochise County, 69 in Santa Cruz County, 21 in Graham County, 36 in La Paz County, 22 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 5,053, followed by people 65 years and older with 2,873 cases, then people 45 to 54 years old with 2,223 cases, people from 55 to 64 years old with 1,974 cases and people under 20 years old with 1,034 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Forty-two percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 22% in White/Non-Hispanic, 18% in Hispanic or Latino, 12% Native American, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.

Thirty percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 41% were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition. Fifty-three percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are female.

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Forty-three percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 20% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 17% Native American, 15% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 1% Other/Non-Hispanic.

More men, 55%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 518 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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There were 278 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities, hospitals, shelters, workplace, dialysis clinics, private residential, hospice, childcare/daycare, college/university, outpatient clinics and religious facilities.

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Saturday will be the third weekend of the Arizona COVID-19 Testing Blitz, and if you need a test you should pre-register at the Arizona Department of Health’s Arizona Testing Blitz website.

Dysart Unified School District painted the numbers on the Willow Canyon High School football field to honor graduating seniors in the Class of 2020.

Watch Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman’s interview Omar Duron, Arizona’s Milken Educator award winner.

Glendale Union High School District honors graduating seniors in social media posts like this one.

Some of the City of Phoenix COVID-19 relief funds was used to extend Wi-Fi access in Phoenix.

Washington Elementary Schools are offering free, at-home, summer learning for students.

If you’re attending Glendale Community College and need a laptop for your summer courses, you can complete an agreement and pick one up on campus on Friday, May 22.

Updated May 14: Gov. Doug Ducey’s Stay Home order expires tomorrow evening, and many Arizonans will take the opportunity to leave home and go to re-opened businesses that have been closed during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 12,674 today from 12,176 yesterday, and 624 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 6,599 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,696 in Pima County, 1,150 in Navajo County, 795 in Coconino County, 650 in Pinal County, 243 in Yavapai County, 859 in Apache County, 285 in Yuma County, 220 in Mohave County, 44 in Cochise County, 62 in Santa Cruz County, 21 in Graham County, 27 in La Paz County, 21 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 4,835, followed by people 65 years and older with 2,807 cases, then people 45 to 54 years old with 2,136 cases, people from 55 to 64 years old with 1,915 cases and people under 20 years old with 972 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Forty-one percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 23% in White/Non-Hispanic, 18% in Hispanic or Latino, 12% Native American, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.

Thirty-one percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 42% were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition. Fifty-three percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are female.

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Forty-three percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 20% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 17% Native American, 15% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 1% Other/Non-Hispanic.

More men, 54%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 497 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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There were 259 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities, hospitals, shelters, workplace, dialysis clinics, private residential, hospice, childcare/daycare, college/university, outpatient clinics and religious facilities.

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Saturday will be the third weekend of the Arizona COVID-19 Testing Blitz, and if you need a test you should pre-register at the Arizona Department of Health’s Arizona Testing Blitz website.

Organizations who help children with special needs can receive funds from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund.

The United Nations honors the important roles of families during the International Day of Families.

When a teacher opened up about his feelings with his students when they were disruptive, they came up with better solutions together.

Queen Creek Unified School District showcased what Ms. Murphy’s pre-schoolers have been doing today.

Tempe Union High School will be celebrating graduating seniors with activities starting next week.

Kyrene Schools remind parents that students can take part in Summer Academy classes.

Hear ASU’s Dr. Michael Crow and NAU’s Dr. Rita Cheng discuss education during COVID-19 on PBS Arizona Horizon tomorrow at 7:30 p.m.

Now, some heartwarming news about what happened when a little girl thanked her letter carrier for delivering all the letters she’s been writing to her friends while at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Take the time to follow this thread and see what a little kindness can start. Then think about the connections you can make during this time, when many of us can use a little extra support.

Updated May 13: Gov. Doug Ducey’s order yesterday to re-open Arizona for business starting Saturday, May 16 includes new guidance for the next stage of economic recovery.

Pools, gyms and spas may re-open today with physical distancing and enhanced sanitation, according to specific guidance for each service.

“It is time to move forward with the next steps of Arizona’s economic recovery — while continuing to make health and safety our number one priority,” Gov. Ducey said.

“I’m grateful to all Arizonans for their partnership and cooperation during these trying times,” Gov. Ducey said. “By continuing to follow the data and recommendations of public health officials, we can continue to move forward safely and responsibly together.” 

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Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 12,176 today from 11,736 yesterday, and 594 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 6,341 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,661 in Pima County, 1,099 in Navajo County, 772 in Coconino County, 643 in Pinal County, 227 in Yavapai County, 817 in Apache County, 243 in Yuma County, 213 in Mohave County, 43 in Cochise County, 50 in Santa Cruz County, 21 in Graham County, 25 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 4,631, followed by people 65 years and older with 2,719 cases, then people 45 to 54 years old with 2,066 cases, people from 55 to 64 years old with 1,848 cases and people under 20 years old with 901 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Forty-one percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 23% in White/Non-Hispanic, 18% in Hispanic or Latino, 12% Native American, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.

Thirty-one percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 42% were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition. Fifty-three percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are female.

Forty-three percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 20% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 17% Native American, 14% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 1% Other/Non-Hispanic.

More men, 54%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 475 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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There were 253 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities, hospitals, shelters, workplace, dialysis clinics, private residential, hospice, childcare/daycare, college/university, outpatient clinics and religious facilities.

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Saturday will be the third weekend of the Arizona COVID-19 Testing Blitz, and if you need a test you should pre-register at the Arizona Department of Health’s Arizona Testing Blitz website.

Arts teachers are finding new ways to engage students in remote instruction.

Chandler Unified’s nutrition staff is serving up burritos for children up to age 18 today.

When students return to school in the Fall, Saturday classes are a possibility as schools seek ways to make up for lost instructional time.

As schools plan for summer school they’re trying to balance health and safety with in-person instruction.

Deer Valley Unified School District highlighted a student and his youth group who are providing cloth masks for use during child screenings coming up soon.

Yuma School District One lets parents know that registration is open for the upcoming school year.

Updated May 12: Watch as Gov. Doug Ducey lets his Stay Home, Stay Safe order during this COVID-19 pandemic expire on Friday, May 15 during a press conference this afternoon.

Arizona Department of Health Services: May 12 COVID-19 News Conference

Gov. Ducey said he’s re-opening the state for business, that there has been a decrease in positive COVID-19 tests and that hospitals have sufficient capacity to handle current COVID-19 cases.

“We are clearly on the other side of this pandemic,” Gov. Ducey said.

Yet, the Navajo Nation has extended it’s emergency declaration to June 7.

Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said the number of COVID-19 tests has been increasing thanks to the Arizona Testing Blitz.

After Gov. Ducey said Arizonans are social distancing as restaurants re-open for dine-in services, reporters asked him for his response to this photo.

Gov. Ducey said he’d been in talks with Major League Baseball about games returning to Arizona.

Arizona Sen. Martin Quezada compared what Gov. Ducey said during his press conference with what National Institute of allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci said to U.S. senators today.

More businesses are opening up as Gov. Doug Ducey’s Stay Home, Stay Safe, Stay Connected order is set to expire on Friday, May 15, but some protesters outside the Arizona State Capitol said the state is opening up too soon as COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose to 11,736 today from 11,380 yesterday, and 562 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 6,219 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,623 in Pima County, 1,017 in Navajo County, 720 in Coconino County, 636 in Pinal County, 206 in Yavapai County, 744 in Apache County, 207 in Yuma County, 207 in Mohave County, 43 in Cochise County, 51 in Santa Cruz County, 20 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 4,460, followed by people 65 years and older with 2,667 cases, then people 45 to 54 years old with 1,989 cases, people from 55 to 64 years old with 1,790 cases and people under 20 years old with 818 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Forty-two percent of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 23% in White/Non-Hispanic, 17% in Hispanic or Latino, 11% Native American, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 2% Other/Non-Hispanic.

Thirty-one percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 43 percent were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition. Fifty three percent of people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 are female.

Forty-three percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 19% in people of unknown race/ethnicity, 18% Native American, 15% Hispanic or Latino, 3% Black/Non-Hispanic and 1% Asian/ Pacific Islander and 1% Other/Non-Hispanic.

More men, 54%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 447 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

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There were 249 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities, hospitals, shelters, workplace, dialysis clinics, private residential, hospice, childcare/daycare, college/university, outpatient clinics and religious facilities.

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Next Saturday will be the third weekend of the Arizona COVID-19 Testing Blitz, and if you need a test you should pre-register at the Arizona Department of Health’s Arizona Testing Blitz website.

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi provides information on a $3 trillion new coronavirus aid package that the House is expected to vote on on Friday, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it’s not urgent to act on it.

The City of Phoenix is looking to distribute $14 million in COVID-19 funding for Phoenix small businesses, learn more below.

Arizona Treasurer Kimberly Yee honored law enforcement officers during National Police Week.

One aspect of learning from home may help students with learning disabilites – the flexible schedule.

Art therapy is helping people cope during their isolation.

Mesa Public Schools thanked the people who keep students safe on their way to and from school during Crossing Guard Appreciation Day.

Higley High Schools continue to light up their fields at 8:20 p.m. (20:20 Military time) to celebrate 2020 high school graduates.

The Arizona Science Center hosts an online discussion on STEM topics impacting us now and in the future.

The National Association of Elementary School Principals says the Emergency Educational Connections Act would ensure all students have access to the Internet and reduce the inequitable homework gap experienced by students who live in low-income families or in rural areas.

Looking for some coding courses to help you upgrade your skills?

Coconino Community College’s virtual commencement ceremony will be held on Friday.

Updated May 11: Restaurants may open for dine-in service today and more Arizona businesses are expected to re-open this week in response to Gov. Doug Ducey’s modification of his Stay Home, Stay Safe order. Meanwhile, COVID-19 cases in Arizona continue to rise, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The Arizona House or Representative adjourned last week, but has not ended the legislative session as the Arizona Senate voted to do on Friday, that means Legislators can still return to do work when the health threat of COVID-19 has lessened as House Speaker Rusty Bowers said on Thursday.

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona rose Monday to 11,380 from 11,119 Sunday, and 542 have died from the virus, said the Arizona Department of Health Services.

In Maricopa County, there are 5,988 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 1,602 in Pima County, 1,006 in Navajo County, 713 in Coconino County, 620 in Pinal County, 180 in Yavapai County, 727 in Apache County, 196 in Yuma County, 198 in Mohave County, 42 in Cochise County, 45 in Santa Cruz County, 19 in Graham County, 23 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 4337, followed by people 65 years and older with 2,599 cases, then people 45 to 54 years old with 1,938 cases, people from 55 to 64 years old with 1,725 cases and people under 20 years old with 768 cases, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Thirty-one percent of people who had confirmed COVID-19 cases had a chronic medical condition and 43 percent were high risk – 65 or more years old with one or more chronic medical condition.

Forty-five percent of COVID-19 deaths were in White/Non-Hispanic people, 18% 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, 54%, than women, and more people 65 years old or older – 432 – have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.

The Arizona Department of Health Services updated it’s information on COVID-19 deaths in Arizona as of May 8th in accordance with the National Center for Health Statistics and 35 of the new 67 deaths reported on May 8th are from death certificate surveillance as far back at April 12, according to a blog by Director Dr. Cara Christ.

“ADHS implemented the use of death certificate surveillance using this updated guidance on May 1st. This makes our count of COVID-19 deaths more complete and accurate than relying on the public health case investigation alone,” Dr. Christ wrote.

“While this change will cause the number of new deaths reported on the dashboard to jump more than expected for a few days, the deaths are shown on the dashboard using the date of death. This puts the deaths on the day of the event and causes the deaths to be distributed throughout the “epi curve”. This means there won’t be one spike of deaths on a single day, which allows for a more accurate picture of when COVID-19 related deaths truly occurred in Arizona and maintains consistency in the way the death data on the dashboard can be interpreted,” Dr. Christ wrote.

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There were 245 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in congregate settings such as assisted living, long-term care facilities, prisons, rehab facilities, hospitals, shelters, workplace, dialysis clinics, private residential, hospice, childcare/daycare, college/university, outpatient clinics and religious facilities.

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Next Saturday will be the third weekend of the Arizona COVID-19 Testing Blitz, and if you need a test you should pre-register at the Arizona Department of Health’s Arizona Testing Blitz website.

Congress and the President are looking at the next wave of a coronavirus stimulus plan, but there isn’t much agreement yet on what it should be.

Community colleges will play key roles in the economic recovery after COVID-19.

Some Arizona school districts have plans to hold graduations when Coronavirus gather restrictions are lifted.

Tempe Elementary School District created a virtual calming gallery to help students and families manage emotions during this difficult time.

Madison Elementary School District thanked teachers for their hard work with a drive-through event for Teacher Appreciation Week.

Supt. of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman congratulated seniors graduating with the Arizona State Seal of Arts Proficiency.

Chandler Unified is celebrating graduates like Morgan Minnis in yearbook-like social media posts.

Peoria Unified celebrated the Cactus High School’s Cobra Commanders Robotics team for winning coveted FIRST Robotics Competition awards.

Starbucks congratulated employees who earned their degrees from ASU Online today.

Dysart Unified’s Mr. Nietert challenges his students to complete as many assignments as possible in the time it takes him to run a marathon.

First Things First reminds parents that giving little ones love and attention is what they need most.

Glendale Community College says chase your dreams.

Read about the plans of Southern Arizona high school athletes whose seasons were cut short in a series of articles in The Arizona Daily Star.

ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences congratulated graduates today.

And Phoenix Union High School District is counting down the days until the first day of school.

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