On Thursday, Grand Canyon National Park closed its most popular trails, Mather campground, and backcountry permits for areas that attract a high volume of visitors. But Coconino County officials would like to see a complete shutdown of the park because of the coronavirus pandemic.
With coronavirus cases reported in 13 counties in the state, the Arizona Department of Health Services said the state’s transmission level has escalated from moderate to widespread. About 100 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state since Wednesday, bringing the state’s new total to 508.
Gov. Doug Ducey has requested a special open enrollment period on the federal healthcare marketplace, issued an executive order to expand access to telemedicine coverage and signed legislation to establish a new assessment on hospitals to help pay for the state’s Medicaid program.
The Maricopa County Community College District is canceling in-person graduation ceremonies to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The community college district is looking at other options at a later date, when health and safety concerns have waned.
Farmers are facing a somewhat unique dilemma: there’s a shortage of workers to pick their crops, while at the same time, there are fewer places buying those fruits and vegetables, as restaurants close or shift to only take-out. The Show talked more about that with Dave Puglia, president and CEO of the Western Growers’ Association.
There are still a lot of parents who can’t stay home with their kids. When Gov. Doug Ducey first announced school closures in our state, the Boys & Girls Club stepped up and said its facilities would largely remain open to help fill that need.
The Senate approved a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package Wednesday that includes $8 billion for tribes. The enters for Disease Control and Prevention said Native Americans are some of the most vulnerable because of economic and geographic conditions.
The Trump administration has rolled out a slew of policies to slow the spread of coronavirus across the U.S.-Mexico border. That includes closing the border to all nonessential travel, quickly removing migrants who enter the U.S. outside of legal ports of entry and putting asylum hearings on hold for migrants waiting in Mexico.
Law enforcement agencies have dramatically increased their usage of body cameras in recent years. Policies do vary from department to department, though, as Arizona Mirror reporter Jerod McDonald-Evoy discovered when he made a records request to the Tempe Police Department and received a video that was blurred.
Five incarcerated people who are near death are waiting on Gov. Doug Ducey's signature to be released from the Arizona Department of Corrections. The inmates are hoping for release before the coronavirus enters state prisons.
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The Senate Leadership Fund, a super PAC with ties to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, has pegged more than $67 million to be spent in six key states — including Arizona — beginning in September.