Gov. Doug Ducey says COVID-19 metrics are 'heading in the right direction'

Gov. Doug Ducey said Arizona's COVID-19 metrics are "heading in the right direction" during a press conference July 30. (Community Impact staff)
Gov. Doug Ducey said Arizona's COVID-19 metrics are "heading in the right direction" during a press conference July 30. (Community Impact staff)

Gov. Doug Ducey said Arizona's COVID-19 metrics are "heading in the right direction" during a press conference July 30. (Community Impact staff)

Gov. Doug Ducey said Arizona's COVID-19 metrics are "heading in the right direction" during a press conference July 30 as the number of COVID-19 patients in hospitals and on ventilators continues to decrease after spiking in June.

"You can see the direction of our cases and our hospital capacity today, so the actions we are taking in Arizona are making a difference," Ducey said.

Ducey reaffirmed that Arizonans are "safer at home" and urged that residents continue to wear a mask.

As of July 29, there were 2,348 people with COVID-19 recorded as inpatients hospitals across the state. There were 758 people with COVID-19 on ventilators, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services and 1,315 people who displayed COVID-19-like symptoms in the emergency rooms across Arizona.

Ducey noted that there is a backlog of COVID-19 tests and said the state was working to increase lab capacity and create additional collection sites.


The Arizona Department of Health Services is developing benchmarks for Arizona's COVID-19 data, and the state will deliver those benchmarks next week so that school officials can better determine when it is safe to reopen in person.

"Arizona is in a much better place today," Ducey said. "...This is not a victory lap, this is not a celebration. This is an indication that what we are doing is working."
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