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As of Saturday, May 23, the Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting:
- 16,039 people in Arizona have tested positive for coronavirus
- 8,177 of those cases are in Maricopa County
- 799 Arizonans have died from COVID-19
Effective Friday, May 15: Arizona’s stay-at-home order expires. Major league sports team can resume public play, though without fans in the audience.
Tuesday, May 12: In an afternoon press conference, Governor Doug Ducey confirmed that shelter-at-home orders will end Friday, May 15. Beginning Wednesday, May 13, gyms, pools and spas can reopen with appropriate safety protocols, as can professional sporting events.
- Effective Monday, May 11: Restaurants and coffee shops may resume dine-in services, provided they enact physical distancing policies and limit the number of diners.
- Effective Friday, May 8: Business involved in the sale of goods may open, operate and offer goods for sale to customers in their stores provided they establish and implement safety protocols. Barbers and cosmetologists may resume services, provided that they implement best practices in addressing COVID-19, including the use of cloth face coverings, and offer only appointment-based services.
- Effective Monday, May 4: Business involved in the sale of goods may operate delivery services, window service, walk-up service, drive-through service, drive-up service, curbside delivery or appointment provided they establish and implement safety protocols.
- From the CDC: Guidance for Where You Live, Work, Learn, Pray, and Play
CLOSURES and RESTRICTIONS
- Travelers entering Arizona from areas with a substantial community threat face increasing quarantine guidelines.
- Most municipal parks have closed amenities, though they remain open for walks, hikes and other activities that allow appropriate social distancing.
- Telecommuting and other work alternatives are recommended.
- Most city libraries, recreation centers and senior centers are temporarily closed.
- Most local attractions, venues, museums, art galleries, etc. are temporarily closed.
- The Oct. 1 deadline for the new federal TSA Real ID rules to take effect has been delayed one year, to Oct. 1, 2021. Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division customers should postpone plans to get the AZ Travel ID. With this delay and the need to reduce customer traffic at MVD locations, all AZ Travel ID appointments have been cancelled.
- The federal tax filing/payment deadline has been extended from April 15 to July 15
- The Arizona Department of Revenue also has moved the deadline for filing and paying 2019 state income taxes from April 15 to July 15, 2020
- Expiration dates on drivers licenses are delayed
- The USDA Food and Nutrition Service has authorized DES to provide Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits to Arizona households with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Benefits are retroactive to March 16, and are calculated based on the number of school days for which a child would have received assistance from school meal programs. Eligible families will receive $69 for March, $126 in April, and $120 in May, for each child. Families that have been accessing meals from schools during the closure are still eligible for these benefits.
- The City of Mesa Office of Economic Development has launched a new program designed to help Mesa’s small businesses navigate economic challenges. The Mesa CARES Business Assistance Center will act as Mesa’s key source of information and assistance for businesses needing access to financial support programs and resources during the COVID-19 pademic. 480-644-6958 or 480-644-3964, EconomicDevelopmentIn
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- Arizonans currently receiving food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will be able to use benefits for online food purchases with currently-authorized SNAP online retailers, Walmart and Amazon.
- ASU launches no-cost digital tools for families
- What should Arizona schools do about grades?
- High school student petition favors pass/fail grades
- The evolving new reality of distance learning
- The good, the not-so-good and the unknown aspects of a forced transition to online learning
- From UA News: UofA expert offers tips for first-time home-school teachers
- Arizona public television stations launch educational programming for student learning at home
- Even when closed, local libraries offer free, online homework help
- Local school districts scramble to provide meals for kids during school closures
- Arizona schools step up online learning options in the wake of coronavirus closures
- Is screen time a COVID-19 parenting panacea? I wish!
- Common Sense launches Parent Trapped, a podcast for families sheltered at home
- Arizona Attorney General’s office moves community outreach and support online
- Pandemic parenting: Concerns about how our kids are processing all of this
- COVID-19 poses added challenges to co-parenting and custody arrangements
- From UofA: The University of Arizona Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health has issued a “Toolkit for Parents and Teachers” to provide best-practices guidelines on communicating with children about the COVID-19 outbreak and minimizing the impact on family life. It includes a downloadable Coronavirus Comic Book and a Teacher Guide.
- From ASU NOW: How families can overcome and thrive in world pandemic environment
- From KJZZ: Parenting in a Pandemic: Tips for How to Survive
For up-to-date information about the coronavirus, please rely on reputable sources:
- Arizonans can now get important COVID-19 information in English and Spanish by simply dialing 2-1-1.
- Arizona Department of Health Services
- Maricopa County Public Health
- The Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center taking COVID-19 calls from Arizona providers and the general public: 1-844-542-8201
- Arizona Health Zone is constantly updating a map of locations where children up to age 18 can receive free meals.
- Arizona Office of Tourism is posting immediate-employment opportunities.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention