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

Madison RutherfordApril 6, 2020
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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 roundup of coronavirus-related news in our region for Monday, April 6.

Coronavirus Cases Exceed 2,400
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, there are now 2,456 confirmed cases of coronavirus throughout Arizona. More than half of those cases are in Maricopa County, and all 15 counties in the state have at least one case.

65 Deaths Have Occurred Due to Coronavirus
On Monday, the death count in Arizona climbed to 65. Thirty-one of those deaths occurred in Maricopa County. Maricopa County’s Health Department reports that seven of them were between the ages of 45 and 64, and 24 of them were 65 or older.

Cases will Continue to Increase through April and May
Arizona’s health director Dr. Cara Christ announced last week that the state is still in the opening stages of the outbreak, and the amount of cases will “increase significantly.” If cases continue at the current rate, infections will peak in April and hospitalizations will peak in May, she predicts.

Governor Ducey Deems Hair Salons Non-Essential
On April 30, Ducey issued a statewide stay-at-home order urging Arizonans to only leave their homes for “essential activities and services.” The list of essential services included hair salons and golf courses, which garnered a great deal of criticism from politicians, residents and businesses. On April 3, Ducey announced that salons, including tattoo parlors and spas, are to cease operation by 5 p.m. on April 4.

Domestic Violence Increases Due to Self-Isolation
Local domestic abuse hotlines have experienced an influx of calls since the stay-at-home order was implemented. If you are a victim of violence at home, call the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence at 602-279-2980.

President Trump Approves Governor Ducey’s Request for a Major Disaster Declaration
On April 1, Governor Doug Ducey asked Trump to officially declare a “major disaster” in Arizona due to mounting COVID-19 concerns. On Saturday, Ducey announced that the request was approved, dispensing disaster-response efforts throughout the state.

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