- There are now 1,157 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona
- 20 people have died of the virus or complications related to the virus in Arizona
- Gov. Doug Ducey announced a stay-at-home order for the state of Arizona.
- The governor also announced on Monday morning that schools would remain closed through the remainder of the school year.
- Navajo Nation 8 a.m.-5 p.m. curfew goes into effect Monday after hitting 128 cases as of Sunday night.
- President Donald Trump stated Sunday that distancing guidelines will be extended until April 30, two days after he said the country should be open by Easter.
- Arizona’s emergency management director resigned Saturday in apparent split over handling of coronavirus crisis
Avondale closes park amenities
The City of Avondale is closing playgrounds, skate parks, dog parks, sports fields and courts and park ramadas starting at 6 a.m. April 1.
All open spaces, trails, walking paths and public restrooms are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The public library is also suspending its curbside borrowing service.
More deaths on the Navajo Nation
Five people have died of COVID-19-related complications on the Navajo Nation as of Monday. The number of positive tests has reached 148.
An 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew goes into effect on the Navajo Nation starting tonight.
Tribal leaders are establishing additional medical stations in Chinle and Tuba City. The National Guard is helping with the Tuba City tent facilities.
Tempe closes city park amenities
The City of Tempe is closing city park facilities like ramadas and temporarily ending boat rentals at Tempe Town Lake and Kiwanis Park.
Restrooms and water fountains will remain open with increased cleaning.
Rolling Hills and Ken McDonald golf courses will stay open but are limiting golf cart rentals to one person per cart.
Gov. Doug Ducey orders Arizona stay-at-home as number of coronavirus cases increases
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order Monday restricting residents to their homes as the number of reported coronavirus cases continues to rise in the state, topping 1,000 cases for the first time on Monday morning.
The stay-at-home order will go in effect Tuesday, March 31 at 5 p.m. and last through April 30.
Federal law allows each state or city to decide its own rules when mandating residents to stay home.
Grocery stores and pharmacies are not closing. Restaurants can continue to offer take-out and delivery services.
The order does not change the services considered essential in Arizona.
There is a lot of news surrounding the coronavirus in Arizona.
In an effort to track the changes, 12 News has started a daily live blog.
Here is the live blog for Monday, March 30.
Learn more about the stay-at-home order here.
There are now 1,157 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Arizona, 20 deaths
For the first time, Arizona has topped 1,000 coronavirus cases.
The number of coronavirus cases across the state rose to 1,157, with 20 deaths as of Monday morning, according to the state's official numbers.
Cases are up from 919 confirmed cases on Sunday. Seventeen people had died as of Sunday.
Here's a county breakdown:
- Maricopa: 690
- Pima: 187
- Pinal: 64
- Coconino: 71
- Navajo: 88
- Apache: 17
- Mohave: 7
- La Paz: 2
- Yuma: 6
- Graham: 2
- Cochise: 4
- Santa Cruz: 2
- Yavapai: 15
- Gila: 1
- Greenlee: 1
In Maricopa County, the age group that made up the most cases was 18-39, with 35%. Ages 40-59 has 33% of cases and 60+ had 32% as of Monday morning.
There were three children between the ages of 0 and 17 who had coronavirus in Maricopa County as of Monday morning. None had been hospitalized.
Among Maricopa County cases, 122 were hospitalized and 46 were in the intensive care unit. Five people have died in Maricopa County.
Cochise County health officials said the fourth case was a woman who is hospitalized at a medical facility outside of the county.
Health officials were made aware of the positive test on Sunday. The woman is believed to have gotten the disease from community spread, making it the first such case in the county.
Everyone who she is believed to have come into contact with is self-isolating.
Arizona schools closed through end of school year
Gov. Doug Ducey announced Monday that schools would be closed through the remainder of the school year.
The governor made the decision with school Superintendent Kathy Hoffman, saying in a statement that the announcement is "intended to give parents and educators as much certainty as possible so they can plan and make decisions."
The governor initially announced that schools would be closed through April 10.
Here's where you can donate medical supplies, PPE to help health care workers
The Banner Health Foundation is collecting donated medical supplies and personal protective equipment.
Donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday through Friday at 2100 W. 14th St., Building T3 in Tempe, just west of 52nd Street between Broadway and University.
The donations must be unused and in an unopened, sealed box or container. The supplies will be used in Banner Health’s Arizona hospitals and medical centers.
The following unused items are needed:
• Masks (N95 and surgical/procedural)
• Disinfecting wipes (Clorox, Lysol, other brands)
• Alcohol-based cleaning wipes such Sani-cloth wipes
• Non-latex gloves (nitrile)
• Protective face shields or goggles that can be worn over glasses
• Isolation, surgical or cover gowns, and protective Tyvek or similar fabric disposable coveralls.
• Head and shoe covers
• Non-perfumed hand sanitizer appropriate for use in a clinical setting, with greater than 60% ethanol alcohol or 70% isopropanol (No gels containing glitter, please)
• Paper towels
• Liquid hand soap
• Homemade masks for optional social-comfort use by Banner’s health care workers (Note these will not be worn by providers directly caring for COVID-19 patients, nor in any procedure rooms or isolation areas.)
Arizona National Guard soldiers establish medical care facility on Navajo Nation
More than 25 Citizen-Soldiers responded to a request from the Navajo Nation yesterday to establish a medical care facility and to augment healthcare planning needs.
“This pivot into the medical realm demonstrates the depth and breadth of the skill sets that the Arizona National Guard brings to emergency response,” Maj. Gen. Michael T. McGuire said in a statement.
“We will adapt as needed to defeat this pandemic and we will be always ready, always there for the citizens of this great state.”
A team of eight medical professionals travelling by UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter arrived in Tuba City on Sunday to assess the medical situation and provide consultation on how remaining medical professionals can make the most of their medical resources.
Small businesses, families in Arizona to be protected from eviction, foreclosure
Gov. Doug Ducey announced a cooperative agreement with the state’s banks to protect small businesses and families from eviction and foreclosure.
Under the agreement, banks are suspending evictions and foreclosures for at least 60 days, with the potential to extend that period for the duration of the state’s emergency declaration.
University of Arizona to let medical students graduate early
University of Arizona medical students can ask to graduate early if they want to start working.
The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix said it is offering eligible fourth-year students the chance to graduate before mid-May.
Each student's request will have to be reviewed by a committee.
Students could potentially be at work in a clinical setting by mid-April.
This year's graduating class is made up of around 90 students.
Banner hospital in Phoenix to reopen its emergency department
Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix will reopen its emergency department at 10 a.m. for all walk-in patients and ambulatory needs.
The emergency department was flooded after a pipe burst on Friday.
The trauma center remained open throughout the weekend.
“The team's work in restoring the emergency department at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix in less than 72 hours was nothing short of heroic,” Daniel Post, chief executive officer for the hospital, said in a statement.
Navajo Nation curfew goes into effect Monday
The number of positive tests for COVID-19 has reached a total of 128 for the Navajo Nation as of Sunday night.
In total, 99 of those cases are in Arizona. (Navajo County 59, Apache County 17 and Coconino County 23).
There are two confirmed deaths in the Navajo Nation related to COVID-19.
The Arizona National Guard stated that they have sent a medical "go-team" to Tuba City and members to Chinle to set up 50 hospital beds.
President Jonathan Nez announced the implementation of a curfew from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. daily for the entire Navajo Nation that will go into effect on Monday morning.
Mesa closes playgrounds and facilities at city parks
The City of Mesa made the announcement to close playgrounds and sports facilities at all city-owned parks on Monday due to the pandemic.
The city also said restrooms in parks will only be open at the following locations due to limited resources: Pioneer Park, Riverview Park, Greenfield Park, and Red Mountain Park.
Arizona’s emergency management director quits in apparent split over handling of coronavirus crisis
Arizona's emergency management director stepped down Saturday, in an apparent split with Gov. Doug Ducey’s top aides over their handling of the coronavirus crisis.
12 News has learned that Wendy Smith-Reeve, a 24-year veteran of the Division of Emergency Management, submitted her resignation Thursday night and it took effect Saturday afternoon.
Other stories from over the weekend:
-Perry football player offers to help grocery shop for those stuck inside
-Valley nurse shares what it's like to care for patients as coronavirus looms
-Defense attorneys across the Valley are trying to get their clients out of jails and prisons due to COVID-19
Other stories from the past week:
- Flooding closes emergency department at Phoenix hospital
- Arizona health leaders confirm not all COVID-19 swabs are tested for results
- Governor, state health director answer your coronavirus questions
- WATCH: National Guard troops haul goods to dozens of grocery stores across Arizona
- Phoenix Union HS District delivering groceries, clothes to low-income families
- Stop most coronavirus testing, Arizona's top health official tells doctors
COVID-19 is believed to be primarily spread through coughs or sneezes.
It may be possible for the virus to spread by touching a surface or object with the virus and then a person touching their mouth, nose or eyes, but this is not thought to be the main method of spread, the CDC says.
You should consult your doctor if you traveled to an area currently affected by COVID-19 and feel sick with fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
There is no vaccine for the coronavirus, so the best way to prevent COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases is to:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
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