COVID-19

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

BY: - April 9, 2020

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. 

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Arizonans needing quick unemployment relief find only an overwhelmed system

BY: - April 9, 2020

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.

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Congressional Dems want more federal cash to combat hunger during pandemic

BY: - April 8, 2020

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

BY: - April 7, 2020

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

BY: - April 7, 2020

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.

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

BY: - April 7, 2020

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

BY: - April 7, 2020

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.

COMMENTARY

We can’t weather the COVID-19 crisis without legislative leadership

BY: - April 7, 2020

COVID-19 is continuing to tear through Arizona, and it’s clear that it will be many months before anything approaching normalcy returns. 

‘Much worse than a cruise ship’: Prisoners’ lives at risk from COVID-19

BY: - April 7, 2020

More than 2 million people are incarcerated in the United States. That’s more people than there are living in major U.S. cities like Phoenix and Philadelphia. 

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Ducey extends COVID-19 eviction protection to businesses, nonprofits

BY: - April 6, 2020

Businesses and nonprofits that are having trouble paying rent while they cope with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis won’t have to worry about getting evicted for the next couple months.

Paycheck protection program now open for applications

BY: - April 6, 2020

Small businesses that need help making payroll amid the COVID-19 crisis can begin applying today for federally backed loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program.

DPS closes Public Service Center amid COVID-19 concerns

BY: - April 6, 2020

The Arizona Department of Public Safety on Monday closed its Public Service Center lobby to the public due to concerns over COVID-19.