Latest News on Coronavirus Disease

Latest News on Coronavirus Disease

The case and testing data in this map comes from the Arizona Department of Health Services, while the 2019 population estimates come from the U.S. Census Bureau. KJZZ is regularly updating as new COVID-19 data becomes available, but you can learn more about the outbreak in Arizona at the Department of Health Services's website

All death counts come from Health Services, with the exception of those from Greenlee County, which comes directly from its health department. Its death count is registered as “< 3” by AZDHS, but their health department provides a specific count.

The number of cases in each county are represented by the yellow circles currently shown. On the right, select "Deaths" to display the number of people who have died in each county with red circles. The county-level and state test totals include both PCR and serological test counts.

Click on each circle to get additional information, as well as a link to that county's health department or COVID-19 website. To get testing or death rate data, click on the county when its boundary is highlighted. All information provided here is current through the date shown in the legend in the top right corner and in each pop-up window.


U.S. Drops Global Travel Advisory, Keeps Warning For Mexico
The U.S. State Department dropped its global “Level 4” health warning urging people not to travel abroad Thursday, but promptly re-imposed that same advisory level on Mexico. Since March 19, the department had advised U.S. citizens to avoid all travel abroad because of the coronavirus pandemic.
11 hours ago
Sonoran Officials: Youth Responsible For Most Coronavirus Spread
As in Arizona, leaders in neighboring Sonora, Mexico, continue to struggle to tamp down on the spread of the coronavirus. And the state’s health secretary says young people are most responsible for proliferating the virus.
Aug. 9, 2020
NAU Lists COVID-19-Related Expectations For Students This Fall
Northern Arizona University listed its COVID-19 related expectations for students for the fall semester which starts on Aug. 12 in a Friday statement. They include mask wearing and physical distancing when on or off campus.
Aug. 8, 2020
Parent Group Rallying On Monday To Advocate For Reopening Schools
A group of parents are holding a rally on Monday in support of in-person learning in Arizona. This comes after the state released public health benchmarks that finds that the state is not ready to fully reopen school buildings.
Aug. 8, 2020
Tolleson Holding 2 Free COVID-19 Community Events
The city of Tolleson is partnering with Maricopa County officials, its local school district and Southwellness Comprehensive Medical Care to host two free COVID-19 community testing events this month. The first one is taking place this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arizona Desert Elementary School gymnasium.
Aug. 8, 2020
Judge Rejects Bid To Delay Process For Gyms To Reopen
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey isn't going to get additional time to fight a judge's order that he have a process in place by Tuesday to allow gyms and fitness centers to reopen.
Aug. 7, 2020
ASU, UA And NAU Outline Plans For Fall Reopening
Back in March, the state's three public universities — Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University — all moved their classes online. Now they're each rolling out their plans for how they'll pick up again in the fall. The Show spoke with KJZZ's Rocio Hernandez, who has been covering all of this, about the upcoming semester.
Aug. 7, 2020
Report: Phoenix Homicides, Aggravated Assaults Have Jumped 25%
Homicides and aggravated assaults have each increased by more than 25% from January to June of this year when compared to 2019’s numbers. Phoenix Police Department won’t definitively conclude those figures are directly related to the pandemic. The Show spoke with Jenna Panas, CEO of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, for her observations.
Aug. 7, 2020
Navajo Nation Implements 32-Hour Weekend Lockdowns For August
The Navajo Department of Health is implementing four partial 32-hour weekend curfews for the rest of August. The new partial lockdown will go into effect this weekend. Essential workers and essential businesses are exempt from the curfew and farm work can also continue. But any vendors that farmers may buy supplies from are not exempt so officials say plan ahead.
Aug. 7, 2020
Brnovich: Sonora Quest Wasn’t Honest About COVID-19 Tests
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said Sonora Quest, which processes most of the COVID-19 tests, failed to deliver on several promises about its testing backlog.
Aug. 7, 2020
How Low Will It Go? Bracing For Less Highway Revenue
Highway construction and street improvement projects could hit roadblocks due to COVID-19. When you fill up your car, 18 cents from every gallon flows into the Arizona Highway User Revenue Fund. That pot of money also includes fees from vehicle registrations and drivers licenses.
Aug. 7, 2020
Arizona State University Begins Modified Move-In
Arizona State University began their modified move-in process on Wednesday, bringing more than 13,000 incoming and returning students to campus within the next two weeks.
Aug. 6, 2020
Number Of COVID-19 Cases Among People With Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities On Rise
There are more than 44,000 individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities who are part of the state’s Division of Developmental Disabilities. Most of these individuals live at home. Nearly 5,000 people live in a licensed residential setting, like a group home.
Aug. 6, 2020
Mexican Governors Unite Against Federal Policies
In Mexico, like in the United States, some governors are disagreeing with the federal government’s fiscal and health policies during the pandemic. And they are forming a coalition to fight back.
Aug. 6, 2020
Brnovich Warning Arizonans Of COVID-19 Phone Scam
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich is warning Arizonans of a phone scam involving COVID-19 test results. He noted that most providers send results via email or to an online patient portal, and to be wary of anyone calling you with that information.
Aug. 6, 2020
Arizona Sets Coronavirus Spread Guidelines For School Reopenings
Arizona health officials laid out a three-part test Thursday for when they say it is safe for schools to reopen. But it’s unclear whether any of the more than 200 traditional school districts and charter schools will actually follow it.
County Working On COVID-19 Data Dashboard To Guide Reopenings
Aug. 6, 2020
Teachers Tweet Obituaries In A Stand Against Reopening
Some Arizona educators are trying to make clear just how important on-campus health and safety requirements are to them in this pandemic. A series of tweets included images of a template which teachers could fill in with their obituaries or epitaphs. The message was being sent to Gov. Doug Ducey to not open schools and risk the health of educators and students.
Aug. 6, 2020
Arizona Department Of Housing Opens Aid To Landlords
Residential landlords in need of assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic can now apply for aid through the Arizona Department of Housing.
Aug. 6, 2020
Ruling On Gyms Could Open The Floodgates For AZ Businesses
Gov. Doug Ducey and President Donald Trump exchanged praise during a meeting in the Oval Office Aug. 5 — at a time when both officials have faced criticism over their handling of the pandemic. Ducey counted the closing of gyms among the successful steps he’s taken, but he did not mention at the White House an Aug. 4 court ruling that said he may have violated due process rights in doing so.
Aug. 6, 2020
Testing Woes In Nursing Homes Continue As Trump Administration Provides Limited Testing
Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that nursing home staff should be tested weekly for the coronavirus. The Trump administration said it would provide rapid, on-the-spot testing kits. But things have changed.
Aug. 6, 2020
An ASU Professor Didnt Die From COVID-19 — It Was A Twitter Hoax
Arizona State University faced online criticism recently for an event related to its treatment of the pandemic. Except, the event hadn’t actually happened, and the connection to ASU may have been entirely random. The confusing story begins with the Twitter account @Sciencing_Bi and ends with a Vanderbilt University professor admitting to creating a fake controversy.
Aug. 6, 2020