Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel recently directed her team of prosecutors to prioritize charging decisions to reduce the number of people coming into contact with the system. It’s a move to walk the fine line between public safety and public health.
Valley Metro cut transit service this week as ridership plummets. The coronavirus pandemic caused a 50% decline in light rail use and 45% decrease in bus ridership. The transit organization has stepped up efforts to clean trains, buses and facilities.
The Arizona Board of Regents’ attorney has sent a scathing five-page letter to Attorney General Mark Brnovich. Their criticism comes after Brnovich issued a legal opinion critical of the universities' handling of information related to COVID-19 cases on their campuses.
Newly appointed Arizona Department of Economic Security Director Tom Betlach has since confirmed his office is combining federal weekly benefits of $600 with the state's maximum weekly payment of $240. He said his office became overwhelmed in late March as fallout from the coronavirus shutdown shot up claims by 68% within one week.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued several new executive orders on Tuesday as the state continues to ramp up its efforts against COVID-19. Arizona’s Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said shows that 64% of the state’s ICU capacity, 68% of its medical surgical beds and 25% — or nearly 400 — of its state’s ventilators are currently in use.
As we hunker down amid the coronavirus pandemic, creatives are facing tough times, too. As creatives and teachers find themselves social distancing with the rest of us, many are switching to social media to try and turn a buck — or at least stay in digital contact with audiences they usually connect to in person.
The Arizona Department of Corrections said Tuesday it had been notified that "two inmates have tested positive for COVID-19." The statement said 60 inmates out of a total of more than 42,000 in custody have been tested.
Last week, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed an executive order that suspends elective surgeries to conserve protective equipment for COVID-19 patients. Now, the Tucson Medical Center is in jeopardy of losing tens of millions of dollars.
On April, a 13-year-old girl was killed in her home just south of the border in Nogales, Sonora. And despite the coronavirus pandemic, many women are still finding ways to honor the victim and speak out against gender-based violence.
With little hope of getting the 5,000 ventilators it requested from the dwindling national stockpile, Arizona has revised its request down to just the 500 it expects to need soon to treat coronavirus patients, the state's health director said.
An estimated 32 million Latinos will be eligible to vote in November. Registering them to vote requires a substantial in-person effort that grassroots groups can't do right now because of the coronavirus outbreak. Some are shifting their strategies to the internet.
Doctors Without Borders is calling on Mexican authorities to release all migrants in detention centers because of overcrowding and lack of medical care. Detained migrants have also been protesting poor conditions and calling for protection from the coronavirus.