Governor Doug Ducey's Stay-At-Home order is officially ending tonight, May 15, at 11:59 p.m. This means that non-essential businesses such as malls can reopen over the weekend. However, Arizona's COVID-19 cases are appearing in the hundreds as the stay-at-home order comes close to an end.
The Arizona Department of Health Services has a data dashboard dedicated to COVID-19 related information, including confirmed cases by day, per county, death rate, and more.
According to News 4 Tucson, the Arizona Health Department reported an additional 498 cases on Thursday, May 14.
As of today, there are 495 new confirmed cases; however, this number reflects increases in the total numbers compared to the day before.
This brings the state's total number of cases up to 13,169 as of Friday morning.
The AZ Department of Health Services notes that 186,904 people have been tested, and about 6.2% of those people test positive for the novel coronavirus.
On Tuesday, Ducey gave businesses such as gyms and pools the green light to reopen on Wednesday, May 13, provided they implement public health protections and follow CDC guidelines.
The governor also assured listeners that Arizona sees a "continuing downward trajectory in COVID-like illness and influenza-like illness."
Although the state's stay-home order is ending, a new phase will set Arizona on its way to economic recovery.
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The newest Executive Order, taking place on May 16, will focus on slowing the spread of COVID-19 and protect public health by increasing testing availability and frequency, tracking of key health metrics, expand statewide contact tracing, implementing safety protocols, and more.
Salons and barbershops reopened to appointment-based services on May 8, while dine-in at restaurants resumed on May 11.
Some casinos have also partially reopened today.
As businesses reopen, many of them are implementing guidelines to ensure the safety of individuals.
Arizona residents are still encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines and are urged to remain home if feeling unwell.
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