Arizona reports over 2,700 cases of COVID-19, with 80 deaths

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The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting over 2,700 cases and 80 deaths of COVID-19.

Maricopa County has the most number of cases with 1,559, according to state numbers. However, the county is reporting three less cases.

Navajo County has 21.64 cases per 10,000 residents, using 2019 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Coconino County is next at 12.96 cases per 10,000. Maricopa County has 3.48 cases per 10,000.

According to state numbers, more than 34,000 tests have been conducted in Arizona.

The AZDHS is expected to make more detailed data on cases and deaths available over the weekend.

On Wednesday, April 8, Gov. Doug Ducey announced the Arizona Department of Economic Security was awarded $9.8 million in funding from the federal government for the Emergency Food Assistance Program. TEFAP is a federally funded program that provides emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost to low-income individuals, including seniors.

Arizona has also received over $5 million from the federal Department of Health and Human Services to support older adults with meals.

U.S. Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) is hosting a telephone town hall with Larry Kudlow, the president’s top economic advisor, to provide an update on COVID-19, the economic resources available to Arizonans, and answer questions.

Mr. Larry Kudlow serves as Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and Director of the National Economic Council. He leads the coordination of President Donald Trump’s domestic and global economic policy agenda.

Call in at 855-962-1520 at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 9 (Arizona time).

This will be Ms. McSally’s fourth telephone town hall since the coronavirus outbreak. To date, she has spoken to more than 68,000 Arizonans about the federal resources available during these unprecedented times, according to a release.

Air quality sees slight improvements

Fewer motorists in Arizona and Nevada following the states’ stay-at-home orders appears to be improving the air quality and decreasing the effects vehicle emissions have on the environment.

Both states released their reports Monday after at least a week under the states' respective stay-at-home orders.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered nonessential businesses to close on March 20 and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey followed suit implementing his stay-at-home order on March 31.

“Our ozone is lower, that is what we expected with less traffic and emissions out of vehicles,” Arizona Department of Environmental Quality meteorologist Matt Pace told KTVK-TV Monday.

Department officials have reported a 37% decrease in nitrogen oxides between March 16 and March 22 compared to last year.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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