Coronavirus – COVID19 updates and resources

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BREAKING NEWS

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.

EXTENSIONS

DISASTER RELIEF

  • 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, EconomicDevelopmentInfo@mesaaz.gov, or SelectMesa.com/MesaCARESbusiness.
  • 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.

EDUCATION

PARENTING


Resources

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