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Our story center for coronavirus coverage, from news features to ideas about supporting local business and responsibly enjoying the Valley.
March 24, 2020
Valley Coronavirus Update: 2,575 cases, 73 deaths and more executive orders from Governor Ducey

April 8, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: 2,575 cases, 73 deaths and more executive orders from Governor Ducey

Happy headlines are hard to come by these days. Coronavirus cases in the Valley and fear concerning the pandemic continue to rise, but there are silver linings – the community is coming together (virtually) in solidarity and local organizations, businesses and residents are doing the best they can to support each other. Our duty during these tough times is to keep you informed and updated, even if the news isn’t always uplifting. Here is a...

A big part of our mandate at PHOENIX is to celebrate the good works of the people and institutions that populate the Valley of Sun – and as our community navigates the coronavirus crisis, we want you, the reader, to remain close to them. So we created this page as a story center for our COVID-19 coverage, from news profiles to ideas about supporting local business and responsibly enjoying the Valley. Because we’ll find our way through this storm, together.

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PHOENIX Staff at Home 

April 7, 2020PHOENIX Staff at Home 

In this (short-lived, we hope) series, the PHOENIX magazine editorial and art teams share what quarantine is like for them, from who they’re sheltering in place with to where they’re ordering takeout.   Who are you sheltering in place with?     Craig Outhier – Editor-in-Chief   Quarantining with three humans, a dog, a cat, and various small aquatic animals. Spending a portion of every day polishing fly-ball skills.   Leah LeMoine – Managing Editor  I’ve been nestled in my North Phoenix home with my partner, Matt; our two…
Valley Coronavirus Update: 2,456 cases, 65 deaths and a major disaster declaration

April 6, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: 2,456 cases, 65 deaths and a major disaster declaration

Happy headlines are hard to come by these days. Coronavirus cases in the Valley and fear concerning the pandemic continue to rise, but there are silver linings – the community is coming together (virtually) in solidarity and local organizations, businesses and residents are doing the best they can to support each other. Our duty during these tough times is to keep you informed and updated, even if the news isn’t always uplifting. Here is a…
Arizona Coyotes Keep Hockey Alive During Quarantine with Social Media Campaign

April 3, 2020Arizona Coyotes Keep Hockey Alive During Quarantine with Social Media Campaign

The Arizona Coyotes are encouraging fans to stay active while staying inside with a new social media initiative called #HockeyAtHome. The team is urging fans to set up street hockey gear and document their experience using the hashtag #HockeyAtHome. Coyotes defenseman Alex Goligoski kicked off the campaign by posting a video of him playing street hockey with his son. Right wing Michael Grabner has also been posting videos of him playing hockey with his kids….
Valley Coronavirus Update: 1,598 cases, 32 deaths and a surge in mask prices

April 2, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: 1,598 cases, 32 deaths and a surge in mask prices

Happy headlines are hard to come by these days. Coronavirus cases in the Valley and fear concerning the pandemic continue to rise, but there are silver linings – the community is coming together (virtually) in solidarity and local organizations, businesses and residents are doing the best they can to support each other. Our duty during these tough times is to keep you informed and updated, even if the news isn’t always uplifting. Here is a…
Take Part in a 24-Hour Arizona Arts Telethon This Weekend

April 2, 2020Take Part in a 24-Hour Arizona Arts Telethon This Weekend

Arizona Citizens for the Arts’ executive director Joseph Benesh believes arts and culture is essential for connecting communities. That sentiment is part of the arts advocacy organization’s mission to fight for arts funding and keep arts education in schools at the legislative level. “It is our job to advocate for the spending of tax dollars on the arts in the state budget,” he says. “About 80 percent of voters across the country and in Arizona…
Valley Coronavirus Update: 1,413 cases, 29 deaths and limited testing

April 1, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: 1,413 cases, 29 deaths and limited testing

Happy headlines are hard to come by these days. Coronavirus cases in the Valley and fear concerning the pandemic continue to rise, but there are silver linings – the community is coming together (virtually) in solidarity and local organizations, businesses and residents are doing the best they can to support each other. Our duty during these tough times is to keep you informed and updated, even if the news isn’t always uplifting. Here is a…
Valley Coronavirus Update: 24 confirmed deaths, closed campgrounds and a statewide stay-at-home order

March 31, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: 24 confirmed deaths, closed campgrounds and a statewide stay-at-home order

Happy headlines are hard to come by these days. Coronavirus cases in the Valley and fear concerning the pandemic continue to rise, but there are silver linings – the community is coming together (virtually) in solidarity and local organizations, businesses and residents are doing the best they can to support each other. Our duty during these tough times is to keep you informed and updated, even if the news isn’t always uplifting. Here is a…
How to Get Tested for Coronavirus in the Valley

March 31, 2020How to Get Tested for Coronavirus in the Valley

As coronavirus cases in Arizona continue to climb, you might be wondering if you should get tested. While the test – a quick nasal swab – is safe and simple, the state doesn’t currently have the capacity to test everyone. A doctor’s note is required to receive a test and health care professionals are prioritizing patients with severe symptoms. The scarcity of supplies and slow rate of testing, paired with strict protocol on who gets…
Valley Quarantine Jams: A Playlist of Local Music to Help You Stay Sane While Social Distancing

March 30, 2020Valley Quarantine Jams: A Playlist of Local Music to Help You Stay Sane While Social Distancing

We don’t know about you, but music has been a lifesaver lately. To help you cope with the quarantine blues, we put together a playlist of songs by local artists that have been getting us through. Spanning a slew of genres, from shoegaze to pop-punk, here is a local social distancing soundtrack to help you stay sane while staying at home.
Coronavirus Chronicles: A 16th Street Boutique Owner and Landlord Navigates the Turbulence of the Coronavirus

March 30, 2020Coronavirus Chronicles: A 16th Street Boutique Owner and Landlord Navigates the Turbulence of the Coronavirus

Julia Fournier owns the building that houses The Hive, a compound of creative micro businesses on Cypress and 16th Streets. Eight businesses hum within, connected by a central courtyard with a small stage. Fournier runs two of the Hive’s sub-spaces, The Bee’s Knees (a boutique) and its gallery, which features a new art show every Third Friday. In short, Julia keeps a small shop yet also collects rent from her fellow small business owners.  …
Valley Coronavirus Update: 20 known deaths, extended school closures and the state’s emergency management director steps down

March 30, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: 20 known deaths, extended school closures and the state’s emergency management director steps down

Happy headlines are hard to come by these days. Coronavirus cases in the Valley and fear concerning the pandemic continue to rise, but there are silver linings – the community is coming together (virtually) in solidarity and local organizations, businesses and residents are doing the best they can to support each other. Our duty during these tough times is to keep you informed and updated, even if the news isn’t always uplifting. Here is a…
Valley Coronavirus Update: 13 known deaths, test kit shortages and a $2 trillion stimulus package

March 28, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: 13 known deaths, test kit shortages and a $2 trillion stimulus package

Happy headlines are hard to come by these days. Coronavirus cases in the Valley and fear concerning the pandemic continue to rise, but there are silver linings – the community is coming together (virtually) in solidarity and local organizations, businesses and residents are doing the best they can to support each other. Our duty during these tough times is to keep you informed and updated, even if the news isn’t always uplifting. Here is a…
Coronavirus Chronicles: How a Beloved Bookstore Is Navigating the New Coronavirus Normal

March 27, 2020Coronavirus Chronicles: How a Beloved Bookstore Is Navigating the New Coronavirus Normal

Rosaura “Chawa” Magaña sits in a parked car, window down, smiling, hoisting books and a giant bottle of hand sanitizer. This image recently appeared on social media posts by Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, which Magaña has run for nearly five years. At her Spanish-and-English shop, you can find the work of contemporary Mexican novelists, indigenous poets, baby book authors who pen books like one on frybread, and other forward-thinking writers. These days, Magaña drives ordered books…
Happy Hour: To Go

March 27, 2020Happy Hour: To Go

Last week I wrote about creating your own happy hour spread at home with DIY snack plates and cocktails using the provisions you have on hand. This week, I’m highlighting where you can pick up cocktails – in their completed forms or in components to mix yourself at home – from local businesses to keep supporting them during this truly insane time. Plenty more places are offering these things, so find your favorite local restaurants and bars on social media to see their up-to-date…
6 Long-Form Articles to Read While Self-Quarantining

March 26, 20206 Long-Form Articles to Read While Self-Quarantining

Our morning travel has been curtailed to rolling out of bed and booting up our laptops instead of hour-long car commutes and our weekly happy hour hangouts have turned into Skype soirees. For better or worse, we have a lot of extra time on our hands. Why not spend some of that time catching up on some reading? Here are a handful of long-form reads we’ve published in the last year to pore over while…
17 Quarantine Reads by Local Authors

March 26, 202017 Quarantine Reads by Local Authors

Finally have a little time to read? We have some recommendations for that – and they’re all books by local authors, so you can #readlocal while you #supportlocal. Many of these can be ordered online from local bookshops like Changing Hands, as e-books or online from major retailers or their publishers, so you can order and read them in the safety of your own home.  If You Like: Heartwarming Stories for Little Ones Try: The Silly Adventures of Petunia & Herman the Worm An unexpected…
Valley Coronavirus Update: 8 confirmed deaths, a statewide crisis hotline and record unemployment rates

March 26, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: 8 confirmed deaths, a statewide crisis hotline and record unemployment rates

Happy headlines are hard to come by these days. Coronavirus cases in the Valley and fear concerning the pandemic continue to rise, but there are silver linings – the community is coming together (virtually) in solidarity and local organizations, businesses and residents are doing the best they can to support each other. Our duty during these tough times is to keep you informed and updated, even if the news isn’t always uplifting. Here is a…
Coronavirus Chronicles: Bob McClendon of McClendon’s Select

March 26, 2020Coronavirus Chronicles: Bob McClendon of McClendon’s Select

Bob McClendon owns one of the state’s only USDA-certified small farms, McClendon’s Select, which grows 100 different varieties of organic fruits and vegetables across 93 acres of farmland in Peoria and Goodyear. McClendon’s main sources of revenue are supplying his bounty to restaurants and farmers markets across the Valley. Business is typically booming for specialty growers during the spring months, but sales have suddenly screeched to a halt due to the coronavirus outbreak in Arizona….
MLB Presents Opening Day at Home for Fans to Get Their Baseball Fix While Staying Inside

March 25, 2020MLB Presents Opening Day at Home for Fans to Get Their Baseball Fix While Staying Inside

Sports fans were looking forward to chowing down on peanuts and crackerjacks and cheering on the Diamondbacks at Chase Field on Opening Day, but because the spread of coronavirus has caused the suspension of large gatherings across the country, Major League Baseball has been put on hold. Those fans can still get their baseball fix, however, with Opening Day at Home, a full-day, cross-platform viewing event on Thursday, March 26. Opening Day at Home features…
Valley Coronavirus Update: Gun shop sales skyrocket, death toll rises to 6 and small businesses continue to suffer

March 25, 2020Valley Coronavirus Update: Gun shop sales skyrocket, death toll rises to 6 and small businesses continue to suffer

Happy headlines are hard to come by these days. Coronavirus cases in the Valley and fear concerning the pandemic continue to rise, but there are silver linings – the community is coming together (virtually) in solidarity and local organizations, businesses and residents are doing the best they can to support each other. Our duty during these tough times is to keep you informed and updated, even if the news isn’t always uplifting. Here is a…
Small Business Owners Urge Governor Ducey to Provide Immediate Virus-Related Relief

March 25, 2020Small Business Owners Urge Governor Ducey to Provide Immediate Virus-Related Relief

Tracy Perkins runs Strawberry Hedgehog, an ecologically conscious vegan boutique that carries its own soaps plus the wares of other vendors and artists. Need a body cream, beard oil or jar of healing spices? Until recently, Perkins’s brick-and-mortar shop had you covered. But now, the spread of the coronavirus has forced her to partially close. “The decision to close was not made lightly,” Perkins says. “We will not be able to maintain paying all of…
Coronavirus Chronicles: Cutino Sauce Co.

March 25, 2020Coronavirus Chronicles: Cutino Sauce Co.

“Fancy hot sauce.” That’s what Natalie Cutino calls the hot sauces she and her husband, Jacob Cutino, make in small batches. They blend miso hot sauce and strawberry hot sauce, deftly balanced and neatly packaged. Their rust-red and marigold-orange bottles have become a common sight at specialty shops and local eateries. Some, like The Larder + The Delta, even use Cutino Sauce Co. products to brighten select dishes.   These days, though, restaurants have fallen…
From Vodka to Artisan Hand Sanitizer: Blue Clover Distillery

March 24, 2020From Vodka to Artisan Hand Sanitizer: Blue Clover Distillery

Like many small businesses across the country, Blue Clover Distillery in Scottsdale is struggling to stay afloat during the coronavirus crisis. “The past few days have been an interesting frenzy,” the distillery’s owner, Weston Holm, says. “We’ve gone from having to lay off restaurant employees to having to transition our focus to stay alive.” Known for its vodka and gin, Blue Clover had to get creative to keep up. Its solution? Start making hand sanitizer…
Coronavirus Chronicles: Wren House Brewing Company

March 24, 2020Coronavirus Chronicles: Wren House Brewing Company

A few days before the city of Phoenix shuttered bars and restaurants for everything but takeout and delivery, Drew Pool felt optimistic. The co-owner of Wren House Brewing Company noted, around when the number of recorded infections in Arizona reached a dozen, that business was “relatively unaffected.”   But that time, just before mid-March, feels like ancient history.   Since then, Phoenix mayor Kate Gallego limited bars and restaurants (to wide industry approval), hoping to…
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