COVID-19: What’s Happening in Arizona
The Situation as it Stands in Arizona
Arizona has been battling COVID-19 since January when the 5th case in the United States was confirmed in Arizona. As of March 31st, 2020, there are 1,769 confirmed COVID-19 cases throughout the state of Arizona. Maricopa County has the most cases with 1,049, followed by Pima county with 280 confirmed cases. At this time, there are 41 confirmed deaths in the state stemming from coronavirus and every county in Arizona has confirmed COVID-19 cases.
According to the New York Times, Arizona ranks last of the 50 states in the number of tests conducted per capita. Learn more about COVID-19 testing in Arizona here.
Arizona currently reports a small number of cases compared to other states, but this can change quickly as more test results come in. On March 30, Governor Ducey issued a stay-at-home order, in an effort to slow the spread of the disease and reduce fear. Since the declaration of Governor Ducey’s executive order, only essential businesses have been allowed to remain open, which includes medical marijuana dispensaries.
The executive order, states that “essential services” include healthcare and public health operations, human services operations, essential infrastructure operations, essential government functions, essential business operations that include grocery stores, gas stations, outdoor recreational activities and more. The Governor also urged people to only buy one week of groceries and not hoard. To view the complete list of businesses considered to be “essential services”, click here.
Additionally, an executive order was signed by Governor Ducey to temporarily stop all elective surgeries in the state, which will help “free up medical resources and maintain the capacity for hospitals.”
Governor Ducey has also said that a shipment of medical supplies from a national stockpile arrived in Arizona on March 18th. Governor Ducey claims that the state received 440,000 pieces of personal protective equipment, which includes 244,000 surgical face masks, 60,900 N95 masks, 26,208 face shields, 22,200 surgical gowns, 102 coveralls, and almost 90,000 sets of gloves, that would be distributed to the 15 counties across Arizona.