Governor says Arizonans are 'safer at home,' pauses plans of reopening further

Gov. Doug Ducey said Arizona residents are "safer at home" and urged people and businesses to proceed with caution as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in the Valley and across the state. (Community Impact staff)
Gov. Doug Ducey said Arizona residents are "safer at home" and urged people and businesses to proceed with caution as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in the Valley and across the state. (Community Impact staff)

Gov. Doug Ducey said Arizona residents are "safer at home" and urged people and businesses to proceed with caution as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in the Valley and across the state. (Community Impact staff)

Gov. Doug Ducey said Arizona residents are "safer at home" and urged people and businesses to proceed with caution as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise in the Valley and across the state.

The governor did not issue any additional executive orders during the press conference, but he did reinforce the importance of masks and staying home, as the state saw 3,056 new COVID-19 cases and 27 new deaths June 25. As of June 25, there were 63,030 known COVID-19 cases across the state and 463,800 total diagnostic tests reported, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

"We are seeing an increase in testing, we are seeing an increase in cases, we are seeing an increase in positivity, and that means you are seeing an increase in the spread of this virus throughout our state," Ducey said. "This is the wrong direction, and this is another trend that needs to be reversed."

Ducey also brought back a familiar metaphor: a traffic light. He first brought up this metaphor back in late April and May as he began to lift restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the virus, eventually giving restaurants and businesses a green light to open. As of June 25, Ducey said to think of Arizona in a "yellow light" position.

"The yellow light means to yield," Ducey said. "I'm asking for Arizonans to proceed with caution, to go slower, to look both ways. This virus is everywhere—it likely is in this room right now—and the actions that you take as a citizen will make a difference."


Ducey said the virus is widespread, noting its presence in all 15 of Arizona's counties.

"Anyone can get this virus, and anyone can spread this virus," Ducey said. "Our numbers continue to go in the wrong direction. The rate of spread of this virus is unacceptable."

Ducey said that the numbers in Arizona need to change, and residents need to "do their part."

"This is Arizona's first wave, and this will not be our last wave," he said. "Where we are right now and what we expect is manageable, but we do need to change the direction of these numbers. We are going to remain vigilant, flexible and humble. This is Arizona's time of challenge."
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