COVID-19 pandemic highlights gaps in Ariz. broadband internet access

Arizona lawmakers are urging congressional leaders to prioritize emergency funding for high-speed internet access in upcoming COVID-19 relief legislation.

Small businesses face ‘Kafkaesque’ process to claim critical loans

Applying for the federal loan that could determine whether Scott Stephens’s two Phoenix restaurants survive the COVID-19 economic crisis quickly devolved into a Kafkaesque experience.

Arizona tribes to get $37 million for COVID-19 affordable housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is giving $37 million to Arizona’s 21 Native American tribes to fund housing needs during the COVID-19 crisis. 

COVID-19 turns a $1 billion surplus into a (maybe) $1 billion deficit

Two months ago, lawmakers were arguing about how to spend an estimated $1 billion budget surplus. Today, legislative number crunchers said their best guess right now is that the state faces a $1.1 billion deficit due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Arizonans needing quick unemployment relief find only an overwhelmed system

On March 20, Meschelle Hornstein was furloughed from her job as a server at a Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport restaurant. It had been five days since she’d worked a shift, as COVID-19 had hammered the travel industry, with airlines slashing the number of flights and would-be travellers staying home.

Congressional Dems want more federal cash to combat hunger during pandemic

Democratic lawmakers want to prioritize food insecurity in the next round of COVID-19 relief legislation.

Court lets Yuma police, fire departments know all COVID-19 cases in county

A Yuma County judge last week ordered that county’s director of public health to provide the Yuma Police and Fire departments the names and addresses of all people in the county who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those with pending test results. 

Ducey orders increased reporting on COVID-19 hospitalizations

Hospitals and health care workers will be required to ramp up reporting on the number of people in Arizona hospitalized for COVID-19, including data on intensive care unit admissions and patients using ventilators, under an executive order that Gov. Doug Ducey issued on Tuesday.

Drive-thru COVID-19 testing site coming to Arizona this week

Arizona will be one of seven states where Walgreens will open 15 drive-thru COVID-19 testing centers later this week. 

Legislative session on hold indefinitely, GOP leader says

The top Republican in the Arizona House of Representatives has told elected officials and staff in his chamber that they won't be returning to work on April 13 as planned because of the COVID-19 crisis.
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