COVID-19

Stronger clean energy standards will mean a stronger Arizona economy

Updating and improving the state’s energy policy for the utilities the ACC regulates could address two looming issues: COVID-19 job losses and the pollution that leads to climate change in Arizona.

Phoenix mayor: Abrazo hospitals have ‘run out of morgue beds’

Maricopa County has requested refrigerated trucks because a hospital system ran out of morgue space for people who died from COVID-19 complications, according to Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. 

Ducey limits restaurant dining, but resists tougher COVID-19 measures

Amid what continues to be one of the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in the country, Gov. Doug Ducey announced that he’s limiting in-person dining at restaurants in Arizona but not shutting it down entirely, resisting calls for stricter measures despite his own acknowledgement that increased economic activity correlates with the spread of the virus.

Which Arizona businesses got paycheck protection loans?

More than 81,000 emergency loans worth as much as $13 billion were made to Arizona small businesses under the Paycheck Protection Program aimed at saving a reported 680,000 jobs, according to data released July 7 by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Biodesign Institute head: COVID-19 cases are plateauing, but way too high

Arizona may have hit a plateau in its daily number of new COVID-19 cases, but not necessarily in a good way, according to the head of Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute, which is closing tracking data on the state’s coronavirus crisis. 

COVID-19 outbreaks in AZ child detention centers worry advocates

As COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations continue to reach record levels in Arizona, some advocates worry that children in detention and rehabilitation centers are at risk and in the blind spot of public health agencies that are grappling with a furious spread of the illness in the broader community.

Is a parking lot a homeless shelter? Yes, according to City of Phoenix

During the COVID-19 pandemic, CDC guidelines recommend social distancing, hand washing and remaining at home whenever possible. But for most people experiencing homelessness, such recommendations are impossible to follow. 

Rep. Osborne tests positive for COVID-19

State Rep. Joanne Osborne announced on Facebook that she’s tested positive for COVID-19. Osborne, a Goodyear Republican, owns Osborne Jewelers. She wrote that she got tested out of an “abundance of caution and concern” after...

As COVID-19 worsens, AZ is the first state to enact ‘crisis care’ standards

Arizona’s failure to contain COVID-19 means the state has the dubious distinction of being the first in the nation’s history to activate crisis standards of care for hospitals, according to a top administrator at the state’s largest hospital system.

Start date, online learning issues a concern for K-12 schools

Even with the start of the new school year pushed back to mid-August, with the possibility that it could be delayed further, some education officials are skeptical that the COVID-19 crisis will have abated enough for students to safely return to campus and want Gov. Doug Ducey to allow for more online learning to start the academic year.
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