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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE contact: Robbie Sherwood

April 29, 2020

House Democratic statement on Governor’s extension of COVID19 stay-at-home order

PHOENIX – House Democratic Leader Charlene Fernandez (D-Yuma) released the following statement regarding Governor Ducey’s extension of the stay-at-home order to May 15th.

“We know that Arizona’s stay-at-home order is not intended to completely stop the spread of COVID19, it is intended to slow the spread so that our healthcare system and our precious frontline healthcare workers are not overwhelmed. The Center for Disease Control has set out criteria to safely reopen states, including downward trajectories in positive cases and robust testing programs, including antibody testing, as well as plans to protect health and safety of workers and mass transit users. Arizona does not yet meet all of these standards -- while our healthcare system appears to have capacity, our curve of infection is not yet bent -- so it was a good decision to extend Arizona’s stay-at-home order until May 15 with modifications. Gov. Ducey said that Arizona is heading in the right direction, and we certainly hope that is the case, but we need more tests and more decreasing trendlines. We would also like to see more transparency, data and urgency in addressing Arizona’s COVID19 outbreak in areas where it is the most prevalent and potentially deadly including on the Navajo Nation, in our long-term care facilities, and in correctional facilities.”


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