PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey announced a new series of orders, directives and requests Wednesday designed to deal with the coronavarius health emergency.
The governor said he is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to allow more flexibility in its food stamp program.
In general, what's known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program restricts what people can purchase, usually to certain foods for preparation at home. Ducey said he wants to allow eligible families to purchase prepared and hot meals that are available at grocery stores.
It would not, however, permit food stamps to be used at restaurants.
Ducey said he wants to allow the state Department of Economic Security, which administers the program, to approve applications without first conducting eligibility interviews. That, according to the governor's office, should result in not just quicker services but also reduce the potential health risk to both the applicant and the state workers.
Citing the scarce work opportunities, Ducey also wants to waive the requirements that students be employed for at least 20 hours a week to keep their food stamp eligibility. And he wants families to be able to get a maximum allotment for up to two months, a move state health officials say could provide an additional $25 to $150 monthly.
Separately, Ducey said he has gotten permission from the federal government to ensure that none of the nearly 37,000 children enrolled in the KidsCare program lose coverage because a parent is unable to afford monthly premiums.
The program is an offshoot of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System. It provides care to the children of the working poor, those who earn too much to qualify for the state's Medicaid program — nearly $30,000 a year for a family of three — but may lack the resources to purchase health insurance.
KidsCare provides coverage for children in families earning up to 200% of the federal poverty level, or about $43,440 a year. But it does require some financial input from families.
The federal government needed to grant a waiver as it provides most of the finances for the program.
Aid to help senior citizens
Ducey also announced that Arizona has received more than $5.3 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help Arizona communities provide meals for older adults.
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The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Arizona is now at 1,289, officials said Tuesday.
The event featuring visual and performing artists along with cooking demonstrations will raise money for the Arizona Citizens for the Arts.
Sapphire of Tucson, a nursing home on the city's south side, reported Monday that 24 residents and 3 employees have tested positive for COVID-19.
Starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, Arizonans must "limit their time'' away from their homes or property except to participate in "essential activities,'' the order says.
Arizona Schools Chief Kathy Hoffman estimates more than 100,000 students don't have access to technology to do school work at home, putting them at a disadvantage during the coronavirus-related closures.
Pinal County will hold some inmates from Tucson who are headed for state prisons until the Department of Corrections can take them.
The pharmacy is selling four-ounce bottles of FDA-approved hand sanitizer to the public. Sanitizer is also being donated to first-responders.
Licensed medical personnel can decide what procedures are necessary.
The Gospel Rescue Mission says donations can be made online, or drop off items using the drive-thru.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson is seeking monetary donations after two big fundraisers have been postponed.
The donated supplies will be sent to Banner Health's hospitals and medical centers.
The owner says that his restaurant cannot survive on just takeout business; will close at the end of the day Tuesday, March 31.
The park on Tucson's far east side has seen as many as 600 visitors on the holiday.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has reached 1,157 statewide, Arizona health officials said on Monday.
Though Arizona K-12 campuses will be closed for the remainder of the school year, the remote learning that is underway must continue.
Business at some shops is up tenfold, with waits of up to four hours.
Downtown Nogales feels like a ghost town after travel restrictions to help stop the spread of coronavirus forced many stores to close.
Brian David Johnson, a futurist at ASU, says community members should realize the world changed in December 2019.
As of Sunday morning, the state was reporting 919 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 17 deaths caused by the virus. Private testing labs and the state public health lab have collectively conducted 13,872 coronavirus tests.
Sunday is the fourth day in a row with a reported coronavirus-related death in Pima County.
From indoor playgrounds to arcades, bowling alleys, gyms and beauty salons, the coronavirus outbreak has put Tucson business owners in a tough spot as their services can't be packed into a takeout container.
With interest rates at historic lows and recent increases in Tucson home values, many jittery homeowners impacted by the coronavirus outbreak are looking to refinance to get their hands on cash. Experts sound off on whether that's the right move.
A new federal law expands paid family and sick leave, but small businesses must pay and wait for reimbursement.
Known cases of coronavirus have hit 919 statewide and 153 in Pima County, state health officials said Sunday morning.
Some Tucson school districts are setting up child care programs to help nurses, doctors and those who serve in law enforcement, fire or emergency medical services with child care.
A few early studies suggest COVID-19's spread is tied to temperature, but some scientists are highly skeptical of the findings.
Employers have made some adjustments to help Tucson-area grocery workers, but customers still aren't doing their part.
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Mayor Regina Romero ordered the shuttering of "non-essential" businesses in Tucson — but only those that Gov. Doug Ducey said local governments can close. The number of known local deaths from COVID-19 on Friday rose to four.
Four Pima County residents have died of COVID-19, up from two on Thursday, according to the Pima County Health Department website.
It is the third day in a row with a reported coronavirus-related death in Pima County.
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Arizona health officials have confirmed more than 100 new cases of coronavirus, which has spread to every county except Greenlee.
From virtual meetings to car parades and daily videos, Tucson educators work to maintain social connection with students.
Frontline employees at Banner-University Medical Center could have thousands of dorm beds available to them.
UA scientists are making hand sanitizer and theater students are making masks to donate.
Exercise, connecting with close friends and new routines part of the focus for local doctors, nurses.
This was to be the start of Arizona’s push toward a third consecutive berth in NCAA golf’s version of the Final Four. Instead, coach Laura Ianello has sent her players to their homes in Asia and Europe, unsure who will return in the fall.
Editor's note: This story was updated to correct the extent of closures, which are primarily to forests' group sites, restrooms and visitor centers.
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Some local departments are issuing citations for minor offenses; serious offenders are being booked into jail.
Pima County health officials have released no information about the two latest deaths here.
Dr. Bob England, director of the Pima County Health Department, answers questions on the COVID-19 virus and its impact on the medical community.
There are 102 confirmed cases in Pima County, officials said Friday.
Disaster preparedness plans in Washington and Alabama say people with cognitive issues are a lower priority for lifesaving treatment. Disability advocacy organizations have asked the federal government to clarify the plans.
Hospital has dedicated unit to treat coronavirus patients and for now its supplies are ample, officials say.
Restaurant suppliers are helping fill the shortage needs at grocery stores.
They also must come up with plans to increase bed capacity by 50% within the next month.
February jobless data for Arizona showed 112 consecutive months of growth of year-over-year employment. Given the layoffs and closures from COVID-19, that record is not going to be sustained.
While the closures were supposed to end by March 31, county supervisors voted to extend the timeline during an emergency meeting on Thursday.
Vehicle owners 65 or older in the state can renew their registration without emissions testing for a year.
A third of daily flights at Tucson International airport are canceled, with more cuts expected in April, the airport's chief says.
Pima County said the second person to die here is a man in his 70s with "other health conditions that may have put him at higher risk."
The Arizona Department of Health Services has updated the community transmission level of coronavirus in the state to widespread.
After having to lay off 70 of her own employees due to the coronavirus, the Tucson restaurant owner is giving back with free meals three days a week.
The 54-year-old Tucson wife and mother worked as a receptionist at a pediatric clinic.
Peak hospitalizations are expected in May — and Arizona needs another 13,000 hospital beds and 1,500 ICU beds by then.
Stores are increasing deliveries, putting limits on high-demand items and instituting special shopping hours for seniors and others in an effort to keep shelves stocked.
The Arizona governor said he has gotten permission from the federal government to ensure that none of the nearly 37,000 children enrolled in the KidsCare program lose coverage because a parent is unable to afford monthly premiums.
Arizona's biggest beer distributor to restaurants, bars and retail outlets has set up a fund to pay employees furloughed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Boca Tacos is selling a pandemic T-shirt to help its workers; Catalina Mexican restaurant says you can eat free.
Pima County has set up a hotline for people who have lost their jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event will be drive-through and the ministry will provide food bags and other items for those in need every weekday through Good Friday, April 10.
The student, who was a resident of the University of Arizona's Arizona-Sonora dorms, has moved away from Tucson and is living out of state with family.
Charles Gerba, a microbiologist at the University of Arizona and an expert in the research and eradication of germs, shares tips in fighting the spread of coronavirus.
There have been six known coronavirus deaths in Arizona, officials said Wednesday.
Business owners can apply for a U.S. Small Business Administration loan online and can call the Pima Community College Small Business Development Center for assistance.
Other things to do while home: Watch a live camera of zoo animals, stream movies from The Loft Cinema or tune in for a virtual story time.
“The 10 percent who are choosing not to uphold — that’s a slap in the face to everyone who’s upholding.”
The child care program, set up in response to COVID-19 will serve children of first responders, critical health
care workers and essential public sector workers, including child safety workers.
Headliners Combs, Church, Lynch and Brown back on the lineup for Oct. 29-Nov. 1 festival.
The number of Arizonans applying for jobless benefits approached 30,000 last week — about seven times the number of claims filed the week before, providing the first clear indicators of the effect COVID-19 is having on the state's economy.
Arizona governor's order listing essential services — such as golf courses and pawnbrokers — prohibits local governments from closing them down during the coronavirus emergency without state approval.
Tenants must notify the landlord in writing and provide supporting documentation.
Tucson-area utilities don’t want you to worry about your bills if your financial world has been upended by the coronavirus pandemic.
Detectives determined a delivery man picked up the wrong package from El Rio Health Center that contained unused COVID-19 test kits, which have now been returned.
Stephen Maltzman and his wife, Donna DePesa, spent 11 days stuck in their cabin off the coast of Recife, Brazil.
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Outdoor spaces, like trails and campsites, will remain open, but parks officials are asking people to continue practice social distancing while outdoors, as crowding at the park was a concern over the weekend.
Confirmed cases in Pima County increased to 42, up from 25 on Monday.
The death confirmed Monday evening, March 23, is Arizona's third, as health officials warn more are expected.
Jack Masterman, 89, fell at their Tucson home and developed pneumonia. He's trying to get to a skilled nursing rehabilitation center near their home, but needs to test negative for COVID-19 first.
UA researchers made 1,600 coronavirus test kits over the weekend, amid a nationwide shortage, and plan to make thousands more.
Community groups, food banks on front lines of helping less fortunate during health crisis.
"It's so that people in these situations can plan ahead. We're going to hope for the best but we're going to prepare for eventual escalation of this.''
House Republicans blocked a proposal to provide additional cash benefits to those who have been fired, laid off, furloughed or otherwise cannot go to work during the pandemic.
Attorneys in the Pima County Public Defender’s Office gave prosecutors a list of 139 inmates who they say should be released.
The court has gradually been limiting in-person services in order to limit potential exposure of the novel coronavirus.
The offer set no limits nor proof that you are unemployed.
Northwest Healthcare clinics are offering an easy-to-use screening option specific to COVID-19.
No questions asked and pay whatever you can, whether it's too little — or in some cases too much.
Coronavirus cases statewide increased more than 50% from Sunday, with the state health department reporting 234 confirmed cases Monday morning.
Gov. Doug Ducey wants federal dollars and an expanded role for the Arizona National Guard, saying the citizens, economy and infrastructure of the state have been “catastrophically affected” by COVID-19.
The most immediate problem is a sudden loss of volunteers, some of whom have been told to stay away because of their age or other risk factors.
Instructors across the University of Arizona work quickly to create online lesson plans and the few students still on campus seek resources to learn and live.
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Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier warns that his detention center can’t handle a large number of quarantined inmates
Arizonans displaced from employment due to COVID-19 will be getting some financial relief.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Pima County rose by five overnight to 17, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported.
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A man in his 50s with underlying health conditions from Maricopa County was the state's first known death from coronavirus.
Police say the man disguised himself as a delivery driver and stole the coronavirus test kits as employees were closing for the evening.
State officials reported its first known case in late January. The first confirmed virus death was made public Friday.
Dr. Cara Christ, the director of State Health Services, said Friday Arizonans should pretty much forget about getting testing to determine if they have the virus.
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Even without a stay-at-home directive, the governor and his health director say that's still their advice, albeit one without enforcement.
With closures planned through at least April 10, Tucson-area school districts share their plans for instruction during the coronavirus outbreak.
Arizona At Work is maintaining a list of employers hiring right now throughout the state.
Starting Monday, a new statewide customer service line, 602-712-2700, will be available between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. to assist people who need to access MVD services remotely or need to set appointments.
Rural Metro Station 81, south of Tucson International Airport, serves about 5,000 residents.
There will be no interest or penalties for payments made after the original April 15 deadline.
A University of Arizona psychology professor offers advice for coping with anxiety and and tips for communicating with children and loved ones in times of uncertainty.
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Hoarding toilet paper may not be such a victimless crime after all.
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Keep kids busy during the coronavirus outbreak with these free online tools, serving preschoolers to 12th-graders and covering various subject matters.
An "alternate graduation experience" is being planned and graduates will be invited to participate in a future commencement ceremony.
Another case was confirmed in Pima County, officials said on Friday.
Starting today, the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area Visitor Center and the lower parking lot will be closed "for the health and safety of visitors and staff."
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YMCA branches of Southern Arizona temporarily suspended fitness, sports and aquatics programs, with employees focusing on providing emergency childcare for working families and prioritizing people who provide vital services.
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Tucson City Court will be closed to most of the public starting Friday.
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If students are not back in school March 30, a proposal would suspend certain state laws and provide flexibility to educators.
Wednesday was the first day of classes after an extended spring break as the university moved to online courses under rules instituted during the virus outbreak.
Starting Thursday, Banner Health hospitals will not allow visitors in most situations. Tucson Medical Center has enacted a similar policy.
The wares of 250 national artists and Fourth Avenue merchants will be available online for purchase. Unfortunately, there's no virtual Indian fry bread.
The closure affects casino locations in Tucson, Sahuarita, Why/Ajo and the West Valley, in Glendale.
The Pastoral Center of the Diocese of Tucson is closed while employees and volunteers spend 14 days working from home, the diocese said Wednesday.
Pima County Superior Court has closed its law library and resource center and is offering online services starting Thursday.
Arizona Health Services says 265 people have been tested in Arizona, and results for 102 of the tests are pending.
Tucson Mayor Regina Romero on Tuesday declared a local emergency, ordering many businesses to close, limiting restaurants to drive-thru and takeout, and warning those that do not adhere to the new regulations that they can be criminally charged.
Days after the state called for an emergency shutdown of K-12 schools, district leaders are waiting on guidance on how to serve families in need and other critical matters.
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The number of people visiting Tumamoc Hill, more than 1,500 on each of the past three days, is far more than the recommended public gathering size.
Jury duty is suspended until April 10 for trials that have not yet begun.
Library staff will continue to work to provide some online services, including online reference.
The inn hopes to reopen May 1. The "wrenching" decision was made to protect employees and guests from COVID-19.
The closures will affect the Oro Valley Community and Recreation Center and the Oro Valley Aquatic Center and all Parks and Recreation programs.
Airlines announcing cuts include Allegiant, American Delta and Frontier; Southwest is cutting one route because of the Boeing 737 Max groundings.
The company cited COVID-19 and a goal of doing its part to prevent the spread of the highly contagious virus.
Lee said the county health department was notified and is assisting the school.
About 30 local officials, community leaders and entertainment industry representatives met behind closed doors Monday to talk about the economic toll the virus is having.
Official says as many as 500 aircraft might have to be grounded "system wide" in response to the pandemic.
Arizona officials also talked Monday about who is — and is not — eligible for testing, and other issues.
The directives for the diocese's more than 300,000 Catholics will be in effect at least through April 6.
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Those who have an upcoming court date should contact their attorney or the court for updated information.
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AIA officials "will keep all processes in place for postseason tournaments," they said Monday.
The Pima women's basketball team was seeded No. 7 headed into the now-canceled NJCAA Women's Basketball Division II National Tournament.
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The meeting Monday will be open to select business leaders, but not the public.
The closure will run through at least Friday, March 27.
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