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.

 

Unemployed Arizonans Call For Additional Federal Aid
Congress is at an impasse over the federal government’s next coronavirus relief package. But the extra $600 per week in unemployment payments provided by the CARES Act expired at the end of July, and many jobless Arizonans say they need help now.
4 hours ago
Doctors Call For Arizona Department Of Health Services Directors Resignation
Nearly 200 Arizona physicians are calling on the director of Arizona’s Department of Health Services to resign. The doctors sent a petition to the department Wednesday.
Aug. 5, 2020
Pac-12 Athletes Threaten Walkout If Health, Revenue Demands Not Met
The Pac-12 says it will start on Sept. 26. But the pandemic could force those plans to shift. Something else that could lead to a change is a letter signed by a number of players from several Pac-12 schools, essentially threatening to boycott games and not take the field if the strongest safety measures are not in place to protect their health.
Aug. 5, 2020
How The Pandemic Has Affected The Future Of Renewable Energy
The pandemic has kept many of us at home — or nearby — and that, in turn, means we’re driving less and generating less air pollution. But that may also have created a perception among some that there’s less need for an updated energy policy in the U.S. A team at MIT’s Sloan School of Management looked into the pandemic’s potential impact on the environment and the future of renewables.
Aug. 5, 2020
Sonora Hopes To Improve COVID-19 Outcomes
Sonora hopes to improve its response to the coronavirus pandemic in the state’s indigenous communities. Oxygen meters are being delivered to a number of such places so that residents can determine when they should seek medical care.
Aug. 5, 2020
More Than 500 Inmates Test Positive For COVID-19
The Arizona Department of Corrections announced late Tuesday evening that 517 inmates at the Tucson prison have tested positive for COVID-19. People incarcerated at the Whetstone Unit in the Tucson prison told their families last week that the entire yard had been recently tested for COVID-19
Aug. 5, 2020
Pandemic Fuels Social Movement In Border Town
Despite its location at an important crossroads along the U.S.-Mexico border, residents in the Sonoran town of Sonoyta say they’re often overlooked. Now, facing the increasingly deadly consequences of a faltering health system during the coronavirus pandemic, some residents have started a movement for social justice.
Aug. 5, 2020
Using TV And Radio, Mexican Students Will Go Back To School
While the U.S. debates the safety of reopening schools amid a pandemic, the Mexican government has announced that students will start school from home.
Aug. 4, 2020
Judge Rules Arizona Gyms Can Appeal Shutdown Order
Arizona gyms and fitness centers could be open within a week. A Maricopa County Superior Court judge said indefinitely shutting down these facilities without a chance to appeal violates their constitutional right of due process.
Aug. 4, 2020
Maricopa County No Longer A COVID-19 Hot Spot
Tuesday's numbers are considerably lower than when Arizona was considered among the hottest spots for COVID-19, but there are still some alarming statistics — including the number of deaths from the virus.
Aug. 4, 2020
McSally Again Calls For Extension Of Unemployment Benefits
Sen. Martha McSally appeared on the U.S. Senate Floor to ask Congress for a reconsideration of her proposed seven-day extension of unemployment benefits.
Aug. 4, 2020
School Risk Retention Trust Will Not Provide Coverage For Coronavirus Claims
As schools face the challenge of trying to find a way to reopen safely in a few weeks, they got some bad news from their insurer. The Arizona School Risk Retention Trust, which provides coverage for nearly 250 school districts in the state, notified members that it will not provide coverage for claims related to coronavirus.
Aug. 4, 2020
Concerns Arise Over Charter Schools Requests For Federal Funds
Arizona schools didn’t lose any funding because of the pandemic — Gov. Doug Ducey and lawmakers made sure they received all public funding last academic year. But a new investigation from the Arizona Republic found many charter schools, which are also publicly funded, also applied for federal Paycheck Protection Program loans.
Aug. 4, 2020
In Colorado, Stool A Tool In The Fight Against Coronavirus
Right now there is no good way to predict where the next potential coronavirus outbreak will be. So far, testing is reliant on nasal swabs and, in some cases, a long wait for the results. But many states in the west are looking to get a handle on the disease by diving into the sewer.
Aug. 4, 2020
Hoffman Says Schools Reopening By Aug. 17 Unlikely
While schools await guidance on reopening from the state health department, Arizona’s top education official said it’s unlikely any school can reopen by Aug. 17. That’s the date Gov. Doug Ducey ordered schools to reopen, at least in a limited capacity to provide a place for students who have nowhere else to go during traditional school hours.
More Arizona Education News
Aug. 3, 2020
Health Director Doubles Down On Extended Gym Closure
Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ doubled down Monday morning on her belief that gyms and fitness centers cannot safely operate during a pandemic.
Aug. 3, 2020
How The Coronavirus Is Infecting Pop Culture
COVID-19 has affected pop culture in many ways, from pausing production to giving us all the time to binge-watch everything on Netflix. But now, pop culture is starting to use the global pandemic as a plot point.
Aug. 3, 2020
BBC Look-Ahead: Germany Takes Steps To Stop COVID Surge
There's an upsurge in coronavirus cases in countries that had previously done well against the pandemic. One of those was Germany, which is now requiring tests for anyone flying in from certain high-risk areas.
Aug. 3, 2020
Analysis Finds Arizonas Percentage Of Coronavirus Deaths For 65 And Up Lower Than National Average
A new analysis from the Kaiser Family Foundation looked at the percentage of COVID deaths among those older than 65 in each state — the national average was 80%. Arizona’s percentage of COVID-19 deaths among those 65 and older was 74%.
Aug. 3, 2020
Educators Consider Strikes, Walkouts As Schools Reopen Amid Coronavirus
As educators and families express concern about the possible safety of returning to in-classroom instruction, the head of the American Federation of Teachers said July 28 that individual branches of the organization may need to consider strikes and walkouts.
Aug. 3, 2020
Arizona COVID-19 Numbers Starting To Trend Downward
Arizona’s average number of daily cases has declined 18% over the last two weeks. In-patient hospitalizations and ventilators in-use numbers are also slightly down. One former state health official says that those numbers indicate things are looking a bit better.
Aug. 3, 2020

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