Arizona governor issues declaration of emergency over coronavirus; state to receive more than $12 million in federal funds for response

Gov. Doug Ducey issued a declaration of emergency on March 11 to combat the spread of the coronavirus.  (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Doug Ducey issued a declaration of emergency on March 11 to combat the spread of the coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Gov. Doug Ducey issued a declaration of emergency on March 11 to combat the spread of the coronavirus. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Gov. Doug Ducey issued a declaration of emergency on March 11 to combat the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, and the Arizona Department of Health Services announced March 12 the state will receive federal funding to support the public health response to the outbreak.

The Arizona Department of Health Services announced the state will receive $12.4 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in addition to the $500,000 the state already received from the CDC March 4.

Funding priorities will include surveillance and investigation activities, lab testing, infection control supply procurement and distribution and risk communication, according to a news release from ADHS.

“The State response to the COVID-19 outbreak is the top priority of ADHS, and we will be working with local public health departments to distribute and use the funds where they will make the greatest impact to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” said Dr. Cara Christ, ADHS director, in the release. “We have community spread of this virus in Arizona, and we will see additional cases. Our public health strategy is to slow the spread of the disease and protect those who are most at risk for serious complications.”

In Maricopa County there have been two cases confirmed of coronavirus and an additional seven presumptive positives, according to data from ADHS as of March 12. In Maricopa County, 115 people have been tested as of March 12, and 24 results are pending.


An Intel spokesperson confirmed March 10 that an employee traveling to the Chandler campus on a recent business trip tested positive for the disease, but the employee is no longer in Arizona.

The city of Chandler tweeted March 10 that the Chandler Fire Department is working with public health agencies.

[Chandler Fire] is engaged with public health agencies, healthcare providers, schools & businesses to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 virus,” said Fire Chief Tom Dwiggins in the tweet.
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