Arizona's COVID-19 Actions To Date

News Release

March 30, 2020

January 27: Activated The Health Emergency Operations Center

Opened the Health Emergency Operations Center after the first reported case of COVID-19 in Arizona to monitor the situation at the local, national and global level

March 2: Started Testing For COVID-19 At The State Lab

Became one of the first states in the nation to be certified by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to test for COVID-19

March 4: Secured $500,000 In Initial Federal Funding

Provided immediate access to resources for states and local jurisdictions impacted by the outbreak.

March 11: Declared Public Health Emergency

  • Gave health officials more funding to fight COVID-19

  • Designated the Arizona Department of Health Services as the agency leading Arizona’s response to COVID-19

  • Activated the State Emergency Operations Center in addition to the Health Emergency Operations Center to coordinate resources

  • Waived certain licensing requirements to increase access to healthcare

  • Gave the state emergency procurement authority to purchase supplies

March 11: Issued Executive Order to protect high risk populations and ensure care

  • Required insurance companies and health plans to cover out of network providers for COVID-19 testing

  • Waived all copays, coinsurance, and deductibles for COVID-19 testing

  • Reduced co-pays for telemedicine visits

  • Prohibited price-gouging on COVID-19 testing and treatment

  • Required symptom checks of healthcare workers and visitors at skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities

March 12: Secured New Federal Funding

More than $12.4 million in new funding from the CDC is being used for disease surveillance and investigation, lab testing, purchasing supplies and communicating information to the public.

March 12: Passed New State Public Health Funding

Signed legislation to appropriate $55 million to Arizona’s Public Health Emergency Fund to combat COVID-19.

March 12: Held Statewide Call With School Leaders

Joined Superintendent Kathy Hoffman and Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ to brief more than 400 school district leaders on COVID-19 and answer their questions.

March 15: Closed Schools To Address Staffing Shortages

Jointly announced a statewide closure of schools with Superintendent Hoffman to bring certainty and consistency for parents, students and teachers across the state.

March 15: Partnered With Boys & Girls Club On Childcare

Announced emergency operational funding to support youth impacted by school closures and ensure childcare availability for children of health care workers, public safety and other essential staff. A full list of child options can be found at 

March 16: Issued New Guidance To Cancel Gatherings

Released new guidance for dining establishments, child care providers, nursing homes, and additional social distancing measures. Recommends canceling or postponing gatherings of 10 or more people.

March 17: Updated Southern Arizona Health Leaders

Met with public health officials and hospital Chief Medical Officers in Tucson to provide an update on Arizona’s COVID-19 response and hear their needs.

March 18: Held Conference Call With Tribal Leaders

Discussed emergency declarations being issued for tribal nations and ongoing steps to combat COVID-19.

March 18: Met With Local Public Health Officials

Met with public health officials from all 15 counties in Arizona to build on the state’s efforts to address COVID-19.

March 19: Passed Out Free Meals For Kids At Sunset Elementary School

Joined Superintendent Hoffman to pass out free meals for students in the Cartwright School District and highlight free meal programs for kids during school closures.

March 19: Activated The Arizona National Guard

The Arizona National Guard will help grocery stores and food banks keep shelves stocked in the face of heightened demand. 

March 19: Extended Expiration Dates For Driver Licenses: Issued an Executive Order to reduce the need for in-person visits to Motor Vehicle Division Offices.

March 19: Delayed Elective Surgeries To Increase Hospital Capacity: Issued an Executive Order that halts all elective surgeries in the state of Arizona to free up medical resources and maintain the capacity for hospitals and providers to continue offering vital services. 

March 19: Released New Guidance For Dining Establishments And Other Businesses:

  • Required restaurants in Arizona counties with confirmed COVID-19 cases to provide dine-out options only, while closing bars, gyms and movie theaters.

  • Allowed restaurants to deliver alcoholic beverages with the purchase of food to assist in mitigating the financial consequences of restaurant closures

  • Allowed manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers to buy back unopened products from restaurants, bars and clubs.

March 19: Secured Small Business Administration Disaster Loans For Local Businesses

Helps small businesses impacted by COVID-19 access up to $2 million through the program.

March 20: Volunteered At St. Mary’s Food Bank

Joined statewide and community leaders to pack boxes and bring attention to Arizona food banks’ urgent need for help.

March 20: Extended School Closures For Two More Weeks

Jointly announced with Superintendent Hoffman a two-week extension of school closures through Friday, April 10, 2020.

March 20: Expanded Access To Unemployment Insurance

Issued an Executive Order that:

  • Waived the one-week waiting period after an employee loses a job before they apply for unemployment benefits.

  • Waived work search requirements for those receiving unemployment benefits.

  • Added people who work at a business that has been temporarily closed or has reduced hours because of COVID-19, who have to quarantine because of COVID-19, or who have to care for a family member with COVID-19.

  • Waived any increase in employer payments to the unemployment insurance fund for businesses whose employees receive benefits under this provision.

March 20: Extended Tax Deadline

Extended the state income tax deadline to July 15, 2020 to match the new federal deadline.

March 21: Secured Medical Protective Equipment Shipment From National Strategic Stockpile

Included more than 440,000 personal protective equipment that will be distributed to county health departments to provide to local hospitals and medical professionals.

March 22: Launched New Statewide 2-1-1 Hotline For COVID-19

Launched a new 2-1-1 COVID-19 hotline to provide information and answer questions through $2 million in funding provided by the Arizona Department of Economic Security.

March 23: Issued Executive Order Defining Essential Services

Proactively provided clarity and certainty to businesses and workers about what is an essential service to ensure consistent guidance across the state.

March 23: Issued Executive Order To Accelerate Tracking Of COVID-19

Required hospitals and testing laboratories to report key metrics that will accelerate tracking of COVID-19 cases and strengthen the state’s response.

March 24: Launched Arizona Together Initiative Linking Arizonans To Resources

Launched, a centralized location for Arizonans to access resources and information during the COVID 19 outbreak.

March 24: Took Step To Free Up More Physicians To Address COVID-19

Waived rules requiring a physician to oversee Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, freeing up more doctors up to provide other needed medical services.

March 24: Announced Childcare For COVID-19 Frontline Workers

Launched Arizona Enrichment Centers to provide childcare for children of first responders, healthcare workers, and essential public sector workers.

March 24: Received Authority To Implement Medicaid Changes To Address COVID-19

Received federal approval to implement programmatic changes to help ensure access to health care for kids and vulnerable Arizonans by waiving certain Medicaid and KidsCare (CHIP) rules.

March 24: Issued Order Delaying Evictions For Renters Impacted By COVID-19

Issued an executive order delaying the enforcement of eviction action orders for renters impacted by COVID-19.

March 25: Requested Changes To Food Assistance Program

Requested the federal government expand the federal food stamp program so people impacted by COVID-19 can get more benefits faster and for hot food.

March 25: Expanded Telemedicine Coverage For Arizonans

Issued an executive order expanding coverage of telemedicine services.

March 25: Announced $5.3 Million For Meals For Arizona Seniors

Announced $5.3 million for “Meals on Wheels” to provide meals to older adults.

March 25: Requested Special Health Care Enrollment Period

Requesting a special enrollment period on the Federal Insurance Marketplace so people who have lost their income can buy health insurance.

March 25: Signed Legislation To Increase Resources For Arizona Hospitals

Signed legislation to bring more resources into Arizona’s health care system by increasing Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) provider rates for hospitals, doctors and more.

March 26: Announced Electric Utility Relief Package

Announced a cooperative agreement with the state’s largest electric utilities so no one has their power shut off due to COVID-19.

March 26: Issued Executive Order To Ensure Hospital Preparedness

Issued an executive order expanding hospital capacity and increasing hospital beds in the state by 50 percent.

March 26: Issued Executive Order To Expand Licensing Opportunities

Helped licensed professionals stay licensed and deferring certain requirements for six months.

March 26: Waived Emissions Testing For Seniors To Reduce COVID-19 Risk

Announced the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality will waive emissions tests vehicle owners 65 and older for up to one year.

March 27: Announced New Dollars For Rental Assistance

Announced $5 million in new resources to help Arizonans struggling to make rent due to COVID-19.

March 27: Signed Legislation To Support Schools, Teachers And Families

Signed legislation to support schools during closures, provide clarity and flexibility on statewide testing requirements and school letter grades, give direction on make-up days, require learning opportunities for students to continue, and ensure teachers and staff see no disruption in pay as a result of COVID-19.

March 27: Signed Legislation To Expand Access To Unemployment Benefits

Signed legislation and issued an executive order to expand access to unemployment benefits.

March 28: Signed Bipartisan State Budget Agreement

Signed a bipartisan state budget agreement that adds $50 million for Arizona’s COVID-19 response, including dollars to assist Arizonans needing eviction assistance, struggling small businesses, our food banks and our homeless population.

March 30: Extended School Closures Through The End Of The School Year

March 30: Announced A Cooperative Agreement With The State’s Banks To Protect Small Businesses And Families From Eviction And Foreclosure

March 30: Issued An Executive Order Directing Arizonans To "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected"

March 30: Governor Ducey and ADHS Director Dr. Christ Held A Briefing To Provide Updates On COVID-19 

March 31: Update On Arizona Medical Supplies

Arizona received 75 percent of its Strategic National Stockpile allocation, totaling more than 1.2 million medical supplies to date.

March 31: Announces 90-Day Fee Relief For Restaurants, Bars Impacted By COVID-19

April 1: Requests Major Disaster Declaration For Additional Support In COVID-19 Response 

April 1: Issues An Executive Order Allowing Telemedicine For Pets And Animals  

April 1: Requests Export Assistance For Arizona’s Dairy Farmers 

April 2: Issues Order Allowing Certain Prescription Refills Without Having To See A Doctor

April 2: Charitable ContributionsDue to the COVID-19 outbreak, the deadline for filing and paying State and Federal income tax has been extended from April 15th, 2020 until July 15th, 2020. However, the deadline for Arizonans to make charitable contributions and qualify for state income tax credit remains April 15th. 

April 3: Announce The Launch Of Child Care For COVID-19 Frontline Workers

April 3: Governor's Office Provides Additional Guidance On Essential Services

April 4: Announces The State Has Secured a New Agreement With Honeywell to Produce Over 6 Million N95 Masks Over The Next 12 Months

April 4: Announces That President Trump in Coordination With the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Approved Arizona’s request For a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration For The State.

April 6: New Assistance Available To Support Arizona Small Businesses: Arizona small businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19 have limited time to benefit from important benefits passed along with the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, small businesses can apply for 100% federally guaranteed loans for an amount up to 2.5 times their average monthly payroll expenses for the prior year.  

April 7: ADOT Eases Truck Weight Limits For Delivery Of Essential Supplies

April 7: Announces $2 Million In Funding For Goodwill Services

April 7: Issued Executive Order Increasing Restrictions For Certain Out-Of-State Travelers

April 7: Issued Executive Order Strengthening Protection In Residential And Nursing Health Care Facilities

April 7: Issued Executive Order Expanding COVID-19 Data Gathering

April 7: Issued Executive Order Providing Flexibility On Packaging And Labeling Rules For Local Restaurants

April 8: Announces Nearly $10 Million For Meals For Low-Income Arizonans

April 8: Signs Executive Order Establishing Virtual Notary Services

April 8: Arizona Hospitals To Receive Emergency Advance Payments from Medicaid: To help Arizona’s hospitals weather the impact of COVID-19, Governor Doug Ducey announced that the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) will work with its provider partners to make available more than $50 million in accelerated hospital payments and advances and extend an additional $5 million in new COVID-19 related funding to Critical Access Hospitals throughout the state. A Critical Access Hospital is a rural acute care hospital located more than a 35-mile drive from any other hospital.  

April 8: Announces 200 Internet Hotspots For Students In Rural Communities

April 9: Receives Approval For Online SNAP Purchases From USDA

April 9: New Order Provides “Good Samaritan” Protections To Frontline Workers Responding To The COVID-19 Emergency: Governor Doug Ducey issued an Executive Order to help boost medical staffing levels and provide certainty and liability protections to health care professionals serving on the front lines. The order provides protections to health care professionals treating patients during the COVID-19 health emergency, while also protecting patients against negligence or reckless misconduct.

April 10: 100 Additional Ventilators On Their Way To Arizona: Announced that 100 additional ventilators are on their way to the state of Arizona from the Strategic National Stockpile. These additional ventilators came at the request of Governor Ducey and Senator McSally to President Trump.

April 14: Announces Antibody Tests For Health Professionals, First Responders: Governor Ducey announced a partnership between the state of Arizona and the University of Arizona to provide antibody tests for 250,000 health care professionals and first responders who are on the frontlines in the battle against COVID-19.

April 14: Seeks Business Input For Economic Recovery: Governor Ducey asked leaders from Arizona’s lodging and business communities to provide their feedback on a plan for economic recovery. The letters seek recommendations to help accelerate a business and economic recovery including incorporating public health guidance into everyday business practices, policy suggestions, regulatory reforms and other executive actions.

April 14: Issued three Executive Orders to:

  • Help meet the critical demand for nursing home and long-term care facility staff;
  • Further expand telemedicine options for Arizonanson worker’s compensation plans;
  • And continue to increase the data received by health care providers and share limited data with law enforcement personnel and first responders.

April 15: Issued an Executive Order Allowing Food Trucks to Operate at Eight Arizona Department of Transportation Rest Areas

April 16: Arizona Department Of Insurance Seeks Insurance Extensions For Arizona Customers: Arizona Department of Insurance is urging insurers across the state to work with Arizonans to ensure their coverage continues, providing much-need support to the individuals, families and businesses facing financial challenges because of COVID-19.  

April 17: Governor Ducey, CCV Deliver Masks To Banner Health: Joined Pastor Ashley Wooldridge and members of the Christ’s Church of the Valley (CCV) to help deliver 10,000 FDA-approved N95-equivalent masks to Banner University Medical Center.  

April 20: Announced that Waymo has contributed $100,000 to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund, providing support to organizations working to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

April 20: Announced that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona has donated $50,000 to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund. 

April 21: Arizona To Provide Nearly 600,000 Children With Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits: Arizona Department of Economic Security announced the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) authorized DES to provide Arizona P-EBT Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits to households with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals.

April 22: Issued an Executive Order Removing Restrictions on Conducting Elective Surgeries For Hospitals, Health Care Facilities and Providers That Meet Certain Preparedness Criteria

April 27: Issued an Executive Order Removing Restrictions on Conducting Elective Surgeries For Hospitals, Health Care Facilities and Providers That Meet Certain Preparedness Criteria

May 4: Issued an Executive Order allowing cosmetologists and barber shops to resume appointment-based services May 8 and restaurants and coffee shops to resume dine-in services with physical distancing measures on May 11. 

May 12: Announced that the Stay At Home order in Arizona will be ending on May 15 and replaced by new guidance for the next stage of economic recovery.  

May 13: Announced a $500,000 grant from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund for Arizona food banks to help fight hunger. Member organizations that are part of the Association of Arizona Food Banks/Arizona Food Bank, which is receiving the grant, supply a network of nearly 1,000 food pantries and organizations in all 15 counties in Arizona, some of which have experienced a demand up to five times greater than usual due to COVID-19. 

May 14: Announced today a $100,000 grant from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund to programs across the state supporting Arizona kids with special needs who have been impacted by COVID-19. This funding will help these direct service agencies and essential health care facilities continue to meet the needs of Arizona kids and their families during COVID-19.

May 15: Announced today $300,000 in funding from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has been allocated to organizations across the state that support senior citizens, the homebound and those who are medically fragile. The funding will support organizations that have provided much needed aid to vulnerable populations impacted by COVID-19, by assisting with grocery shopping, meal deliveries, transportation to medical appointments, emergency errands and social interaction during a time of physical distancing. 

May 18: Announced today $100,000 in funding from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has been allocated to organizations that support foster families. The funding will be used to support increased demand for supplies, services and educational needs for the more than 14,000 Arizona kids in out-of-home care and the families who care for them. 

May 18: Extended the COVID-19 Testing Blitz.

May 18: Spoke With President Trump and the Coronavirus Task Force on the priority of mental health and safety of children

May 18: Spoke with Arizona's Tribal Leaders how to keep communities safe and healthy.

May 18: Announced the Salt River Project (SRP) has donated $100,000 to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund, supporting frontline workers and efforts to mitigate the medical and economic impact of COVID-19 in Arizona. 

May 19: Issued recommended CDC guidelines for individuals and businesses on how to return stronger

May 19: Met with mayors and county supervisors on how to protect public health and reenergize our economy

May 20: Announced today $500,000 from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has been allocated to organizations that provide out-of-school child care in the state. The funding will support extended hours and enrichment programs to meet the increased demand of child care for families while students distance learn and parents or guardians work. The organizations will continue to support students in their social and emotional development and help them stay on track academically.

May 20: Announced $300,000 in grant funding to organizations providing Arizonans in need with rental assistance, telehealth and transportation to health services. The funding recipients, St. Vincent de Paul and Open Hearts, will use the funding to help vulnerable populations avoid eviction and access services needed to preserve health.

May 21: Met with mayors and local leaders on how to best allocate CARES Act resources to local governments.  

May 21: Announced Western Alliance Bank has donated $150,000 to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund, supporting Arizona’s medical professionals and families in need. 

May 22: Issued recommended CDC guidelines for individuals and businesses on how to stay safe during Memorial Day weekend

May 26: Spoke with the Vice President and the Coronavirus Take Force on how Arizona is using CARES Act funding to support local governments.  

May 26: Spoke with US Ambassador to Mexico Christopher Landau to discuss COVID-19 and continued collaboration between Arizona and Mexico. 

May 26: Met with State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman and school leaders on how to ensure students and teachers can safely return to classrooms in the fall. 

May 27: Spoke with other Governors on potential legislation in Congress on how to address COVID-19 and return stronger. 

May 27: Provided nearly $600 million in coronavirus relief and recovery dollars for local Arizona governments and nonprofit, including $441 million in direct, flexible funding to local cities, towns and counties that did not receive direct funding earlier this year from the federal government. In addition, local governments, tribal communities, schools and more will be eligible for expedited reimbursements from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for coronavirus-related expenses, including purchases of testing supplies, PPE and more.   

May 28: Signed an Executive Order increasing collaboration among Arizona hospitals and ensuring patient transfers can take place smoothly and efficiently if needs arise. Additionally, the Governor today signed an Executive Order protecting the health of kids in school-based child care while allowing for increased child care capacity.

May 28: Announced schools to resume in person at the start of the school year and public health guidance for the youth sports to resume. 

May 28: Announced the appointment of Department of Economic Security Director Michael Wisehart.

June 1: Spoke with Congressman Tom O'Halleran to update Arizona's response to COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation.

June 3: Spoke with the Vice President on Arizona's efforts to ensure schools can resume safely in-person this fall on providing aid and resources to the Navajo Nation.

June 5: Met with the Health Emergency Operations Center and State Emergency Center Teams to thank them for their hard work. 

June 8: Updated the Vice President and Department of Education Secretary on Arizona's plan to return safely to classrooms

June 8: Met with Superintendent Kathy Hoffman and school leaders on how public health and safety can be prioritized when teachers and students return to classrooms in the fall.

June 10: Joined other governors for an update for businesses across the country on their work to prioritize public health and safety. 

June 12: Held a call with faith leaders on supporting Arizonans' during COVID-19

June 15: Partnered with the University of Arizona on providing antibody testing for health care workers and first responders. 

June 15: Connected with the Vice President and the Coronavirus Task Force on how to protect public health. 

June 17: Announced enhanced actions to contain the spread of the virus and protect Arizona’s most vulnerable residents. The announced actions build on Arizona’s substantial efforts to boost testing, expand contact tracing, secure PPE for health care and frontline workers, fast-track resources to the most affected areas and more. 

June 22: Joined a call with the Vice President and other governors on increasing testing and contact tracing and protecting the most vulnerable. 

June 24: Announced a $270 million plan to help Arizona public schools safely open at the start of the school year, while allowing for remote learning, addressing the achievement gap and bridging the digital divide.

June 24: Announced continued efforts to increase access to COVID-19 testing in partnership with health care providers statewide.

  • Secured an additional Roche testing machine for Sonora Quest Laboratories to expand testing in the state. 
  • ADHS provided additional funding to laboratories, as needed, for testing services. 
  • ADHS provided 10,000 specimen collection kits to Sonora Quest Laboratories to assist with increased demand.

June 25: Held a briefing to provide the latest information on COVID-19, urging Arizonans to take responsible actions to help contain the spread of the virus — limit time away from home, practice physical distancing, wear a mask and follow ADHS health guidance.

June 26: Announced EPCOR has donated $50,000 to the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund, supporting Arizona families, medical professionals and those in need.

June 26: Held a call with business leaders to discuss guidelines to protect public health and hold bad actors accountable.  

June 26: Held a call with hospital leaders from across the state on how to ensure proper aid and care for those impacted by COVID-19. 

June 29: Held a call with the Vice President and governors to discuss action to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

June 29: Signed an Executive Order to prohibit large gatherings, cease the issuance of new special event licenses and pause the operations of bars, gyms, movie theaters, waterparks and tubing rentals. The pause of these business operations takes effect at 8:00 p.m. today, Monday, June 29 and is in effect for one month. In addition, the first day of school for in-person learning will be delayed until August 17, 2020. Schools will be able to conduct distance learning before then should they choose.

June 30: Welcomed Coronavirus Task Froce Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx to Arizona to discuss efforts to combat COVID-19. 

June 30: Met with University of Arizona President Dr. Robert Robbins to discuss universities' work to protect public health and provide flexibility to students. 

July 9: Signed of an Executive Order that requires restaurants with indoor seating to operate at less than 50 percent capacity.

July 9: Announced today a strategic collaboration with Sonora Quest Laboratories, the market share leader in diagnostics laboratory testing in Arizona, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and PerkinElmer, Inc., a global leader committed to innovating for a healthier world, to expand testing in Arizona. 

July 11: Announced Arizona received 361 cases of Remdesivir, a promising antiviral drug shown to lessen the effects of COVID-19 & even save lives, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

July 13: Announced $120,000 for Heal the Hero Foundation, supporting its work to mitigate the mental health impacts facing first responders during COVID-19. 

July 13: Updated Vice President Pence and health officials on Arizona’s latest action to contain the spread of #COVID19, including limiting indoor dining capacity to 50% and expanding testing capacity. 

July 14: Announced a plan to distribute $5,950,572 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program to organizations that support Arizonans in need, combat homelessness, and help ensure families and individuals keep a roof over their heads. 

July 14: Announced COVID-19 surge testing in Maryvale and South Phoenix done in partnership with the Department of Health Services, Arizona DEMA and U.S. Health and Human Services to provide up to 5,000 tests per day for 12 consecutive days at sites in these high-need communities. This served up to 60,000 Arizonans.

July 15: Had a productive call with private school leaders to discuss the needs of their students and families as the new school year approaches. 

July 15: Had a productive call with State Superintendent Kathy Hoffman, superintendents and school leaders for joining the call today to discuss next steps and the well-being of Arizona kids.

July 15: Met with ASU President Michael Crow to discuss the expansion of COVID-19 testing in Arizona and ways to continue supporting students and our communities.

July 16: Signed an Executive Order extending a moratorium on residential evictions until October 31, 2020, providing continued protections for renters who are facing economic hardship as a result of COVID-19. The order ensures renters impacted by COVID-19 will be able to stay in their homes while extending the time to access rental assistance programs. 

July 20: Met with Vice President Pence , the White House Coronavirus Task Force and fellow governors for an update on COVID-19. 

July 21: Announced $975,000 from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has been allocated to 12 organizations in Arizona that provide shelter for those experiencing homelessness. The funding will support efforts to provide food for those utilizing shelters; locate alternative housing to maintain social distancing among the homeless population; and clean and sanitize shelters to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

July 22: Issued an Executive Order to bolster the election efforts of Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and election officials across the state by making available additional state assets. The order instructs the Department of Administration to identify State-owned facilities to be utilized as voting locations and to assist counties in providing personal protective equipment (PPE) and other equipment necessary to allow safe hygiene practices when voting. It also enables state employees to serve as poll workers on election day without impacting their pay or leave time, helping ensure polling locations are staffed and lines are kept short. 

July 22: Held a call with tribal leaders from all over AZ to discuss COVID-19 on the tribal nations. 

July 23: Launched a new effort in partnership with Arizona’s leaders in advertising to promote the use of masks to protect public health. 

July 23: Announced additional resources, flexibility and clarity for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. This “Arizona: Open for Learning” plan provides maximum options for Arizona families, ensures students receive a full academic year of education, invests a total of $440 million in federal dollars to our schools, and gives local school leaders the flexibility and public health guidance to make the best decisions for their students.

July 28: Had a call with NAU President Rita Chang about tackling COVID-19 with innovative and thoughtful responses to ensure students can access a quality education in a safe environment.

July 28: Announced the establishment of the Task Force On Long-Term Care. The task force will focus on developing recommendations and metrics on how and when visitation within long-term care facilities can be safely resumed and what steps facilities can take before then to help residents and their loved ones maintain contact.

July 28: Updated Vice President Pence and fellow governors on Arizona’s work to protect health and safety, including our “Open For Learning” school plan, surge testing in Maricopa County, and the extended pause on high-risk activities.

July 28: Joined superintendents and charter school leaders to continue discussions on providing safe, high quality learning opportunities and options for families. 

July 29: Had a call with business leaders and entrepreneurs to hear an update from them. 

July 31: Visited an Arizona Enrichment Center. They serve more than 6,000 families of frontline workers in 56 cities & towns across Arizona.

August 3: Joined a call with Vice President Pence, members of the WH Coronavirus Task Force & fellow governors to discuss COVID-19 updates.

August 3: Had a call with University of Arizona President Dr. Bobby Robbins and university leaders across the state continue to take innovative measures to protect health and safety while preparing for the upcoming academic year. 

August 4: Joined a coalition of 20 states, the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, and the American Association of Community Colleges—with support from Lumina Foundation and the Siemens Foundation—to launch the Reskilling and Recovery Network. The Network will equip Arizonans with the skills they need to get back to work and help communities disproportionately affected by economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

August 4: Sat down with President Karen Fann and Speaker Rusty Bowers to provide an update on the state's response to COVID-19. 

August 5: Met with President Trump in the Oval Office to discuss Arizona’s commonsense mitigation measures, combined with responsible practices like masking up and physical distancing in making a difference in COVID-19.

August 6: Announced a new, $7.5 million partnership will help the state’s K-12 teachers deliver quality instruction and support for online and blended learning environments as Arizona grapples with the challenges of starting a school year during a global pandemic.  

August 6: Announced the Department of Health Services's new Benchmarks for Safely Returning to In-Person Instruction to help guide schools on when and how to offer instruction for this school year.

August 10: Updated Vice President Pence on Arizona’s action to protect health & safety. 

August 10: Announced that the Department of Health Services released public health recommendations for the eventual safe reopening of paused businesses in the state of Arizona. The plan is based on CDC guidance, White House Coronavirus Task Force metrics, industry feedback and medical and public health advice.

August 11: Held a public health roundtable with Vice President Pence, Senator Martha McSally, local health care leaders and Admiral Brett Giroir.

August 13: Granted $100,000 to UMOM to ensure the families in need of support have a comfortable place to live. 

August 13: Met with DHS Director Dr. Cara Christ at the Department of Health Services to get updates on COVID-19. 

August 13: Announced nearly $100 million in new resources to help workers and businesses impacted by COVID-19. 

August 13: Visited the Health Emergency Operations Center.

August 14: Partnered with President Trump and his administration to extend unemployment benefits to nearly 400,000 Arizonans. Under an executive order signed by President Trump, Arizonans are eligible to receive unemployment benefits of $540 a week, with $300 per week provided through funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

August 17: Announced $350,000 from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund has been allocated to 27 organizations in Arizona that provide shelter or support services to victims of domestic violence. The funds will be used to provide basic supplies, virtual services, transportation, medical exams, and adequate space for families in need of shelter while adhering to social distancing guidelines. 

August 19: Held a virtual Arizona Commerce Authority Board of Directors meeting today.

August 20: Received a briefing from Arizona DEMA Director Maj. Gen. McGuire to get updates on the Arizona National Guard’s around-the-clock efforts to protect and support our communities during COVID-19.

August 21: Thanked The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Charity Foundation for the generous donation of 429,000 pieces of PPE including masks, face shields, goggles & gowns. 

August 24: Had a call with White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx and AZDHS Director Dr. Cara Christ to discuss Arizona’s continued efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

August 26: The Arizona Housing Department and Arizona Department of Administration teamed up to provide sanitation and hygiene supplies to nearly 90 homeless shelters across the state! This project was funded by the Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund. 

August 28: The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) adopted the recommendations of the Task Force On Long-Term Care and posted the COVID-19 Guidance for Visitation at Congregate Settings for Vulnerable Adults and Children.

August 31: Had a call with the Vice President to discuss COVID-19 updates.

August 31: Joined AZDHS Director Dr. Cara Christ and health leaders from across the state to announce Arizona’s plan of action to increase influenza vaccination rates and prepare for the overlap of flu season and COVID-19.

September 1: Issued an Executive Order deferring requirements to renew driver licenses that have an expiration date between March 1, 2020 and Dec. 31, 2020 by one year from their original expiration date. 

September 8: Issued an Executive Order extending COVID-19 reporting requirements for health care facilities and adding flu reporting requirements, strengthening the ability of the Department of Health Services to respond to COVID during flu season.

September 9: Had a call with HHS Secretary Azar and the Coronavirus Task Force to discuss the latest on COVID-19.

September 10: Joined AZDHS Director Dr.Christ, Superintendent Hoffman, Veteran Services Director Col. Wright, AHCCCS Director Snyder & AZGOYFF Director Fuentes to provide COVID-19 updates and talk about paying attention to mental health during the pandemic. 

September 11: Connected today with Nevada Gov. Sisolak on partnering on PPE and fighting COVID-19. 

September 17: Hosted U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham to urge full participation in 2020 Census.

September 21: Updated the Vice President and the Administration on Arizona's efforts to follow health and safety guidance. 

September 24: Announced Arizona is investing $14 million to support the innovative, game-changing efforts of ASU, University of Arizona and NAU to contain the spread of #COVID19 and protect our communities.

October 19: Announced $715K from the AZ Coronavirus Relief Fund would be distributed to 19 organizations across AZ that support individuals and families in need.

October 28: Announced $7 million to expand available rental assistance and help keep people in their homes. 

October 29: Announced more than $1.6 million to expand assistance to Arizona food banks, helping them reach more families and seniors in need. 

November 6: Announced $7 million to support economic recovery efforts in the small business and hospitality sectors. 

November 10: Announced $19 million in targeted grant funding to support schools and students most impacted by COVID-19 with teacher development, teacher stipends, reading and math curriculum, summer education resources and more.  

November 11: Issued an Executive Order extending the Enhanced Surveillance Advisory that requires hospitals, testing laboratories and other health care facilities to report detailed information about COVID-19.

November 18: Announced a list of new actions to support hospitals and medical professionals and combat the spread of COVID-19.

December 2: Announced a series of actions to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona, support our hospitals and frontline health care workers, and provide the state’s hard-hit restaurants with the resources needed to keep patrons and staff healthy.