Arizona COVID-19 update


Brenda Kochevar

Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected

Brenda Kochevar, Reporter

Update for week of April 13 to April 20, 2020, covering COVID-19 News Releases and Executive Orders from the Office of the Governor Doug Ducey and Arizona COVID-19 Statistics.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced on April 13 the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund received several donations. Contributions included $5 million from the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation; $1 million from Michael Bidwell, Chairman and President of the Arizona Cardinals; $65,000 from Southwest Gas; and $250,000 from Arizona Public Service.

On Tuesday, Governor Ducey announced a collaboration between Arizona and the University of Arizona to supply antibody tests for 250,000 frontline COVID-19 first responders and health care workers. 

Also on Tuesday, Governor Ducey sent letters to Arizona’s business and lodging communities for feedback on an economic recovery proposal. 

On Wednesday, Governor Ducey announced buildings throughout the state will be lit blue to honor first responders and heath care workers fighting COVID-19. Some of the buildings included are the Arizona State Capitol, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, State Farm at Tempe Town Lake and more.

Governor Ducey released Executive Order 2020-31 on Wednesday to allow food trucks to provide food to truckers at eight different state rest stop areas.

In a news release on Thursday, the Arizona Department of Insurance called on insurers to continue coverage to individuals and businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

On Friday, Governor Ducey along with members of Christ’s Church of the Valley delivered 10,000 masks to Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. 

We already know that elected officals are not immune to this virus, so seeing the Governor maskless while delivering masks to health care workers has many Arizonans asking why?

Governor Ducey, without a mask, is shown in this video posted on the Arizona Governor web page. 

Today, Governor Ducey announce a $550,000 donation to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona.

The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) COVID-19 Statistics for Arizona Confirmed Cases and Deaths on April 20:

  • Number of Cases 5,064
  • Number of Deaths 187
  • Cases by Gender – 47% Male – 53% Female
  • Deaths by Gender – 58% – 42% Female
  • Maricopa County 2,636 cases and 75 deaths
  • Pima County 941 cases and 58 deaths
  • Navajo County 473 cases and 11 deaths
  • Coconino County 337 cases and 27 deaths
  • Pinal County 256 cases and 7 deaths
  • Apache County 202 cases and 4 deaths
  • Yavapai County 71 cases and less than 3 deaths
  • Mohave County 56 cases and less than 3 deaths
  • Cochise County 28 cases and 0 deaths
  • Yuma County 27 cases and less than 3 deaths
  • Santa Cruz County 29 cases and 0 deaths
  • Gila County has 8 cases and 0 deaths
  • La Paz County 5 cases and less than 3 deaths
  • Graham County 2 cases and 0 deaths
  • Greenlee County 2 cases and 0 deaths

The AZDHS COVID-19 Confirmed Cases and Deaths by Age Group:

  • Less than 20 years 184 cases and 0 deaths
  • 20 – 44 years 1,876 cases and 7 deaths
  • 45-54 years 910 cases and 14 deaths
  • 55 – 64 years 826 cases and 29 deaths
  • 65 years and older 1,263 cases and 137 deaths

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 recommendations to protect yourself and others:

  • Use a cloth face covering.
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  Use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Stay home as much as possible.
  • Maintain at least a six foot distance from people.
  • Stay home if you are ill.
  • Use a tissue or the inside of your elbow to cover coughs and sneezes. Discard tissues and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Clean and disinfect daily all surfaces that are touched frequently.