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.

 

Arizona State Fair Holds Drive-Thru Fair Food Event
Just because Arizona State Fair fans can’t pack the fairgrounds this year, it doesn’t mean they can’t get a taste of it. Fair organizers are hosting a drive-thru for two weekends featuring fair food favorites — from turkey legs to funnel cakes.
9 hours ago
Pandemic Shopping Made The Cardboard Box A Hot Commodity
Shopping in bulk has taken on new meaning during the coronavirus pandemic. Phrases like “the new normal” reflect not only how we now interact with one another, but how we interact with the world — less personal and more digital. That is especially true with buying, which is increasingly online. All that stuff we use now comes to our homes in cardboard boxes.
Phoenix Residential Recycling Collection Up 20% Since COVID-19 Outbreak
Sept. 23, 2020
How Rural Arizona Has Dealt With COVID-19
Phoenix has found a way to social distance during COVID-19: the great outdoors. But some of Arizona’s rural communities have struggled with the coronavirus. Because rural isolation is not enough to keep the virus away.
The Impact Of COVID-19 In Arizona: 6 Months In
Sept. 23, 2020
Phoenix Has 3 Months To Spend Millions Of Federal Dollars
When Phoenix received $293 million in federal coronavirus relief, the City Council allotted $75 million for programs it labeled as community investments. If the city doesn’t spend all the money before the end of the year, it must be returned.
Sept. 22, 2020
Cities Like Sedona Struggle To Balance Growth, Affordable Housing
A recent report by researchers at the University of Arizona and the University of Utah addresses some of the challenges Sedona and similar cities face when it comes to balancing tourism, jobs and preserving the natural resources that attract visitors. The Show spoke with Philip Stoker of the University of Arizona about it.
Sept. 22, 2020
Pima County, UA See Early Success Vs. COVID-19 Spike
The University of Arizona and Pima County responded to growing concerns on the number of COVID-19 cases among students by issuing a voluntary shelter-in-place recommendation to students who live on or near the campus. The numbers do seem to be improving, but that doesn’t yet mean the university will let up on precautions.
Sept. 22, 2020
How Soon Will Yuma Ag Industry Bounce Back After Dumping Crops?
The COVID-19 pandemic led to industry shutdowns that spoiled the market for commercial fresh produce. Farmers in Yuma say they had to destroy acres of lettuce, some already packaged for shipping. The impacts of the pandemic on farmers will continue into the new growing season.
Sept. 22, 2020
Ducey Defends Order To Allow Restaurants To Serve To-Go Alcohol
An attorney for Gov. Doug Ducey argues giving restaurants the "privilege" to sell beer, wine and liquor out the door "qualifies as a recovery and response activity because it aids restaurants." More than 100 bars are suing over the decision.
Sept. 22, 2020
How The Pandemic Has Taken A Toll On Mental Health
Meet Jae. In early spring, Jae was your average Arizona college student — attending classes, hanging out with friends and preparing for a summer internship. Then came COVID-19 and suddenly everything changed. From social isolation to the lasting impacts of contracting COVID-19, we take a look at how the pandemic has taken a toll on our mental health.
The Impact Of COVID-19 In Arizona: 6 Months In
Sept. 22, 2020
Blood Study Suggests U.S. Far From Herd Immunity
With the COVID-19 pandemic causing blood shortages, some blood banks now offer routine antibody tests to attract donors. A study uses those test results to estimate current herd immunity levels in the U.S.
Sept. 21, 2020
UA Officials Continue To See Students Partying During Pandemic
A week after the University of Arizona issued a voluntary shelter-in-place recommendation to all students on or near the campus, officials say they are still seeing violations of COVID-19 safety rules. A few days ago, a party with over 300 attendees was discovered, said University President Robert Robbins.
Sept. 21, 2020
Some Are Tired Of COVID-19 Precautions, And That Could Cause Another Spike
As experts have warned, the coronavirus case numbers could get worse — again. Sept. 21 marks two weeks since the Labor Day weekend. In May, the state saw a significant spike in cases following Memorial Day weekend, prompting public health experts to brace for another resurgence. Are we now seeing another spike?
Sept. 21, 2020
Arizona Nursing Homes Cautiously Allowing Visitors
Six months ago, Arizona long-term care facilities restricted family visits due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, they are cautiously welcoming visitors again. When the pandemic hit, the idea was to restrict visitors to keep vulnerable residents safe. Very few people thought the restrictions would last so long.
Sept. 20, 2020
Only 15% Of Gila River Community Residents Have Responded To Census
With the census deadline fast approaching, the Gila River Indian Community is reporting only about a 15% response rate. That means only 3,000 members of the community’s 22,000 residents would be counted. Speaking at a virtual census rally Saturday, Gila River Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis implored residents to complete their census questionnaires.
Sept. 19, 2020
Apartment Owners Near UA Asked To Support Shelter In Place
Tucson officials have sent a letter to owners of apartments near the University of Arizona campus asking for their help to slow the COVID-19 transmission among students. The university has confirmed nearly 1,400 positive cases in the past 10 days.
Sept. 19, 2020
▶ SPECIAL REPORT: COVID-19 In Arizona: 6 Months In
It's been more than six months since COVID-19 caused widespread upheaval in Arizona. Starting Monday, hear stories of the massive impact the pandemic has had statewide.
Sept. 18, 2020
Arizona Teacher Shortage Getting Worse, COVID-19 Shoulders At Least Some Blame
New data show Arizona’s teacher shortage continues, and that COVID-19 has made the problem worse. A survey from the Arizona School Personnel Administrators Association found in the 145 districts that responded, 28% of teacher positions were still vacant almost a month into the school year.
Sept. 18, 2020
AZ Jobless Rate Falls, But Some Seekers Giving Up
A good portion of the drop in the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate from 10.7% in July has nothing to do with a bunch of Arizonans suddenly finding work. It's because some just gave up.
Sept. 18, 2020
Pac-12 Only Power Five Conference Still Postponing Football — For Now
Until earlier this week, two of the major college conferences —the Pac-12 and the Big Ten — were holding fast against the push to play football this fall. The Pac-12 is now standing alone.
Sept. 18, 2020
Scholars Offering Free Online Chicano Studies Classes
This week a group of Chicano Studies professors launched a program offering free Chicano Studies virtual classes amid the pandemic. MeXicanos 2070, whose mission it is to “reclaim and enrich the indigenous Mexican American culture and enhance their way of life” is hosting the online courses through its program Colegio Chicano del Pueblo.
Sept. 18, 2020
326 Arizona Teachers Resign, Retire Due To COVID-19 As Teacher Shortage Continues
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an increase of teachers leaving their jobs before or just after school started, according to an annual survey released Thursday by Arizona School Personnel Administration Association, which finds that the state is facing a severe teacher shortage for a sixth year in a row.
Sept. 17, 2020

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