Arizona COVID-19 update May 4

Brenda Kochevar, Reporter

Update for week of April 27 to May 4, 2020, covering COVID-19 News Releases and Executive Orders from the Office of the Governor Doug Ducey and Arizona COVID-19 Statistics.

In a news release on Monday, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced a $1 million donation to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund from Turf Paradise Race Course owner Jerry Simms. 

The second news release on Monday lists expanded testing in Arizona. Sonora Quest Laboratories is offering antibodies testing, Banner Health is offering COVID-19 testing at Arizona State Fairgrounds, the University of Arizona will offer COVID-19 antibody testing to first responders and healthcare workers, and the Arizona Department of Health Service is increasing statewide testing.

In Tuesday’s first news release, Governor Ducey announce a $75,000 donation to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund from the Valley Toyota Dealers.

The second news release revealed that Arizona’s Medicaid agency is sending a $41 million advance to their targeted investment participants.

On Wednesday, Governor Ducey extended the Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected Executive Order to May 15 and announced a gradual reopening of small businesses.

Friday’s news release announced employment opportunities for tourism workers who lost their jobs due to COVID-19. 

Governor Ducey proclaimed Friday “School Lunch Hero Day” to honor professionals who provide lunches to Arizona school children during the COVID-19 crisis.

Also on Friday, Governor Ducey and the Arizona Department of Health Services released additional guidelines for retail businesses reopening on May 4.

Today, Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-35 mandating additional requirements regarding the reporting of COVID-19 information to residents, their families, and prospective clients of residential long-term care homes.

Executive Order 2020-34 was issued allowing barber shops and cosmetologists to reopen on May 8 as long as they follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Department of Labor Division of Occupational Safety (OSHA), and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS.)

Also, coffee shops and restaurants may restart dine-in service on May 11 as long as they follow CDC, OSHA and ADHS guidelines.

The Arizona Department of Health Services (AZDHS) COVID-19 Statistics for Arizona Confirmed Cases and Deaths on May 4:

  • Number of Cases 8,919  (was 6,526 on April 26)
  • Number of Deaths 362  (was 275 on April 26)
  • Cases by Gender – 47% Male – 53% Female
  • Deaths by Gender – 56% Male – 44% Female
  • Maricopa County 4,751 cases and 168 deaths (was 3,359 cases and 122 deaths on April 26)
  • Pima County 1,346 cases and 89 deaths (was 1,136 cases and 76 deaths on April 26)
  • Navajo County 800 cases and 22 deaths (was 625 cases and 18 deaths on April 26)
  • Apache County 549 cases and 6 deaths
  • Coconino County 540 cases and 44 deaths 
  • Pinal County 468 cases and 13 deaths
  • Mohave County 141 cases and 15 deaths
  • Yuma County 110 cases and less than 3 deaths 
  • Yavapai County 93 cases and less than 3 deaths 
  • Cochise County 39 cases and 0 deaths
  • Santa Cruz County 34 cases and 0 deaths 
  • Graham County 18 cases and 0 deaths
  • Gila County 14 cases and 0 deaths
  • La Paz County 14 cases and less than 3 deaths
  • Greenlee County 2 cases and 0 deaths

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

  • Less than 20 years 494 cases and 0 deaths 
  • 20 – 44 years 3,322 cases and 10 deaths
  • 45-54 years 1,562 cases and 22 deaths
  • 55 – 64 years 1,412 cases and 50 deaths
  • 65 years and older 2,125 cases and 280 deaths 
  • Unknown 3 cases and 0 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.