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 Tuesday, May 26.
Coronavirus Cases Exceed 16,700
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the state had over 200 cases reported today, raising the number of cases to 16,783. More than half of the total cases reported are located in Maricopa County.
Death Toll Rises to 807
As of May 26, 807 coronavirus-related deaths have been reported in Arizona, according to the health department. People 65 and older make up 633 of those deaths, equating to 78.4 percent.
Arizona Coyotes will resume playing following the NHL’s Return to Play plan
The NHL has announced its plans to bring back 24 teams to compete for the Stanley Cup this year. Commissioner Gary Bettman stated today that their Return to Play plan will prioritize health and safety. According to Bettman, the Western and Eastern Conferences will be located in two different “Hub Cities,” yet to be named, which will have “secure arenas, practice facilities, hotels and local transportation for [NHL] players, coaches, and essential staff.” Included in these 24 teams is the Arizona Coyotes, who have released a statement about their return to play. President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka says the team is excited about both the plan and the opportunity to compete for the Stanley Cup.
Governor Ducey COVID-19 Update: Next Steps
Governor Ducey said in a briefing on May 20 that as Arizona is still in Phase One, the state’s next goals will be to reopen summer camps, schools and youth activities, with educational leaders helping to form a plan to reopen schools in the fall. He also stated that businesses will continue to open, and that the practice of social distancing will still be an important focus.