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Jobless claims hit all-time high, with relief coming to the unemployed

Job losses from COVID-19 spiked last week, with applications for unemployment benefits in Arizona jumping from 3,844 to 29,268 in a week’s time.
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When should Arizona shelter in place? One model has an answer.

On Thursday, COVID-19 was confirmed to be in 13 of Arizona’s 15 counties officially deeming it to be “widespread” in the state, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Hobbs says Brnovich opinion is ‘political grandstanding’

In a wholesale rejection of a legal opinion from Attorney General Mark Brnovich declaring her plan to halt in-person campaign filings because of COVID-19, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said the AG was engaging in “political grandstandnig” in the face of a pandemic.

AG: Hobbs can’t end in-person candidate fillings because of COVID-19

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich says Secretary of State Katie Hobbs can’t require all prospective candidates to either mail or use a new drop box to submit the nominating petitions required for them to qualify for the ballot.

Ducey, GOP governors calling for direct federal COVID-19 aid to states

Gov. Doug Ducey joined 20 other Republican governors in authoring a letter calling on Congress to include direct aid to states as part of their COVID-19 response plans.

Penzone: Don’t open new jail, use it to treat COVID-19 patients

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone is asking that a new $185 million jail intake and jail facility in south Phoenix not open as scheduled, and that it instead be considered by public health officials as a space for temporary care and treatment of COVID-19 patients.

Schools closed through April 10, Gov. Ducey says

Gov. Doug Ducey and Arizona School’s Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced Friday that schools in the state will remain closed for an additional two weeks...

AG asks lenders for 90-day grace period because of coronavirus

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued a letter urging lending agencies in the state to waive payments on loans for up to 90 days in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Arizona approved for coronavirus emergency small business loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration on Thursday approved an economic injury disaster loan for Arizona requested by Gov. Doug Ducey earlier this week, opening the door for businesses to receive up to $2 million in financial assistance to help them cope with the coronavirus pandemic. 

Tempe joins Phoenix, Tucson in closing bars, restaurant dining rooms

Tempe is the latest city in Arizona to ban restaurants from dine-in service and to close bars, fitness centers and entertainment venues in an effort to mitigate the growing coronavirus outbreak. 
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