COVID-19

Visitors flock to National Parks after Trump waives fees. Is that safe?

Visitors at Arizona’s Saguaro National Park overflowed parking lots last week and pulled their vehicles off road, destroying vegetation. Park managers issued a plea on Facebook, asking visitors to change their hiking plans based on availability.

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.

‘Skinny’ budget with COVID-19 aid passes after weekend delay

The Arizona House of Representatives passed a so-called “skinny budget” that includes a $50 million aid package to assist victims of COVID-19 and others harmed by the pandemic. 

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 amid the coronavirus pandemic. “Today we are announcing an additional two-week...

14 COVID-19 cases in Navajo Nation in Arizona cause lockdown

The Navajo Nation learned Thursday night that the number of cases of COVID-19 in the Chilchinbeto community rose to 14, prompting a lockdown. A command center with members of the Navajo Nation’s cabinet has been...

Senate ‘skinny’ budget with coronavirus relief stalls in House

The Arizona Senate passed a so-called “skinny budget” that includes a $50 million aid package to assist victims of the coronavirus and others harmed by the pandemic, but the House ended its work for the week before voting on a handful of the bills, leaving a bipartisan Senate budget deal in limbo. 

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. 

Ducey mobilizes National Guard, ends restaurant dining to contain coronavirus

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Doug Ducey has mobilized the National Guard to assist grocery stores and food banks, and has ordered bars and restaurants to limit service to dine-out and delivery in counties where there are confirmed cases of the illness.

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. 
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