COVID-19 Daily Update - July 28, 2020

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July 28, 2020



 July 28, 2020



Throughout the COVID-19 public health crisis, the team at Goodman Schwartz Public Affairs has been communicating, in real time, with our clients on all major announcements and circumstances impacting their specific sectors.  We will, of course, continue to rapidly provide such industry specific information, as such circumstances warrant.

As an additional resource for our clients and interested parties, this Arizona COVID-19 Daily Update is intended to provide a broader perspective on the COVID-19 response in Arizona.


Arizona Numbers  UPDATED DAILY

Number of Cases:

165,934 - as compared to 163,827 (7/27)

Tracking of the Daily Increase in New Positive Arizona COVID-19 Cases:  

7/28 - 2,107 (+1.3%)

7/27 - 1,813 (+1.1%)

7/26 - 1,973 (+1.2%)

7/25 - 3,748 (+2.2%)

7/24 - 3,349 (+2.2%)

7/23 - 2,335 (+1.6%)

7/22 - 1,926 (+1.3%)

7/21 - 3,500 (+2.4%)

7/20 - 1,559 (+1.1%)

7/19 - 2,359 (+1.7%)

7/18 - 2,742 (+2.0%) 

7/17 - 3,910 (+2.9%)

7/16 - 3,259 (+2.5%)

7/15 - 3,257 (+2.5%)

7/14 - 4,273 (+3.5%) 

7/13 - 1,357 (+1.1%)

7/12 - 2,537 (+2.1%)

7/11 - 3,038 (+2.6%)

7/10 - 4,221 (+3.7%)

  7/9 - 4,057 (3.7%)

  7/8 - 3,520

  7/7 - 3,653

  7/6 - 3,352

  7/5 - 3,536

  7/4 - 2,695

  7/3 - 4,433

  7/2 - 3,333

  7/1 - 4,878


Number of Deaths:

3,408 (+104) - as compared to 3,304 (7/27)  NOTE: Tuesdays or Wednesdays are typically highest death reporting due to weekend reporting lag (ABC15)

Number of Tests:

1,112,825 - as compared to 1,099,682 (7/27) 

Hospital Assets In-Use:  

Acute Care Beds:  81%, down from yesterday’s 86%  NOTE: Lowest reported capacity percentage since 6/9 

ICU Beds:  84%, down from yesterday’s 86%

Ventilators:  47%, up from yesterday’s 46%


Arizona Department of Health Services - Coronavirus Home

Confirmed COVID-19 Cases by Zip Code


Governor and Government Agency News Release

Pre-Register for Free Surge Testing - Office of the Governor  NEW

Municipal Government Face Coverings Declarations - League of Arizona Cities and Towns  ONGOING



Political Potpourri  UPDATED DAILY

Virus-Linked Hunger Tied to 10,000 Child Deaths Each Month - Associated Press

Why Hunger Can Grow Even When Poverty Doesn’t - New York Times

The Scourge of Hygiene Theater - The Atlantic

The Rise of Coronavirus Social Bubbles - Axios

Lonely Girls: How the Pandemic Has Deepened the Isolation of Adolescents - Wall Street Journal

Sinclair Pulls Controversial Show About Coronavirus - Wall Street Journal

Chad Wolf Blames Coronavirus Spike on Mexico Border Crossers - Washington Times

The Collision of Hurricane Season and the Coronavirus Has Arrived - Axios

Pro Bowl LB Dont'a Hightower Becomes Fifth Patriots Player to Opt Out of NFL Season - United Press International 

How Baseball’s Coronavirus Reckoning Affects Everything - Axios

Every Sport Has a Coronavirus Plan. MLB's Lasted Four Days - The Washington Post

Yankees-Phillies Postponed for 2Nd Straight Day - Associated Press

After Marlins’ Outbreak, Yankees Stay Inside and Wait for Phillies - New York Times 

Florida Man Fraudulently Obtained $3.9 Million in PPP Loans And Used Some of it to Buy Lamborghini, Feds Say - TheHill




Arizona News Stories  UPDATED DAILY

Focus on Public Health

Multiple Data Points Suggest Slowing Coronavirus Spread in Arizona - Arizona Daily Star

COMMENTARY: Making COVID-19 Testing Easy, Accurate and Fast is Critical to Ending the Pandemic - Arizona Mirror

Medieval Times Reopens Soon Near Scottsdale. Here's How Shows Will Change Due to COVID-19 - The Arizona Republic

Hospitalzations Continue Gradual Decline as State Reports 1,813 New COVID-19 Cases - The Arizona Republic

‘Devasted by COVID-19, Family Mourns 2 Pillars of Superior Community Who Died Weeks Apart - The Arizona Republic 

Focus on Government and Agency Enforcement

Judge to Heair New Arguments From Gym Owners - KJZZ 

Another Free COVID-19 Testing Site to Open in Tucson - Arizona Daily Star

Santa Cruz County in Arizona Begins Testing Blitz to Battle COVID-19 - The Arizona Republic

Focus on Economy and Unemployment

OPINION: An Eviction Moratorium Bought us Time, But Thousands in Arizona Will Still Become Homeless - The Arizona Republic

Focus on Education

How School Districts Are Looking at Reopening For In-Person Education - KJZZ

ASU Reminds Students That Health Policies Extend to Off-Campus Parties - KJZZ

'We Kind of Blew it': Start Dates for Pac-12 Sports in Flux - KJZZ




National News Stories  UPDATED DAILY

Focus on Public Health

The COVID-19 Downturn Triggers Jump in Medicaid Enrollment - Kaiser Health News

US Coronavirus: Dr. Anthony Fauci Says We Can Put an End to the Pandemic if Vaccine Widely Accepted - CNN

Trump Again Pushes Unproven Drug as COVID-19 Treatment - Associated Press

OPINION: Let’s Throw the Kitchen Sink at COVID-19 and Get Back to Normal by October - The Washington Post

With Testing Delays and Cases Surges, Contact Tracing is Stymied in Some States - National Public Radio

OPINION: We Need An Independent Public Health Agency - TheHill

Dr. Anthony Fauci: I Have Not Been Misleading the American Public - Washington Times

Fauci Responds to Trump Tweet: 'I Have Not Been Misleading the American Public Under Any Circumstances’ - TheHill

Florida Covid-19 Cases in Children: Hospitalizations Among Kids Jump 23% - CNN

Masks May Reduce Viral Dose, Some Experts Say - New York Times

Masks Can Mitigate Risk of COVID-19 'Super Spreaders' in Rooms - United Press International

OPINION: Mask Mandates Won’t Work - Unless They Are Enforced - The Washington Post

See-Through Face Masks in High Demand as Pandemic Surges - National Public Radio

Kodak Shifts Into Drug Production With Help of a $765 Million U.S. Loan - Wall Street Journal 

Hand Sanitizer Warning: FDA Issues Alert of Sanitizers With Methanol - USA Today

Focus on Education

COVID-19 Unmasks NEA Smoke Screen - Washington Times

A Small Georgia City Plans to Put Students in Classrooms This Week - New York Times

With School Reopenings in Limbo, Online Learning Steps Up - National Public Radio

Bill Gates: Benefits Almost Always Outweigh the Costs for Younger Students to Return to Schools - TheHill

For HBCUs, the Coronavirus Pandemic Hits Especially Close to Home - POLITICO 

Focus on State and Local Government

Trump Back to Criticizing Governors for Re-Opening Too Slowly - Bloomberg

After Reopening, Coronavirus-Hit States Chart Their Own Paths to Close Up Again - Wall Street Journal

California's Hard-Hit Central Valley to Get Federal Health Workers, More State Help - National Public Radio

In California Breadbasket, Hospitals Overwhelmed as COVID-19 Infections Soar - Reuters

Can This California Prison Save Itself From COVID-19? - BBC

DeSantis' Earlier Bravado Fuels Florida's Pandemic Crisis - CNN

Walmart Bans Minnesota Couple Seen in Video Wearing Nazi Swastikas on Their Face Coverings - CNN

Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti, Atilis Gym Owners Who Defied Governor, Arrested on Contempt Charges - Washington Times

New Jersey Cops Spent Nearly 5 Hours Clearing Party of 700 at Airbnb - USA Today

Oregon Officer in Isolation After Suspect With Coronavirus Allegedly Spit and Coughed on Them - TheHill

In Texas, More People Are Losing Their Health Insurance as COVID Cases Climb - Kaiser Health News

Focus on Vaccine

Fauci Says COVID-19 Vaccine Could End the Pandemic With 'Veil of Immunity’ - Newsweek

Trump Wears Mask, Voices Hope on Coronavirus Vaccine in North Carolina - Reuters

OPINION: Infecting Willing Volunteers With COVID-19 Might Speed Up the Race for a Vaccine. But it Could Be Risky - CNN

Moderna, Pfizer Coronavirus Vaccines Begin Final-Stage Testing - Wall Street Journal

30,000 Americans Receive COVID-19 Vaccine in Major Test - POLITICO

Pfizer Begins Late-Stage Trial of COVID-19 Vaccine Candidate - United Press International 

Pfizer Beats Forecasts as Vaccine Trial Enters Final Stage - Wall Street Journal 

Russia Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign Possible by Start of 2021, Science Chief Says - Newsweek

States Include Catch-up Routine Immunization Strategies in Back-to-School Planning – The National Academy for State Health Policy

Focus on Economy and Unemployment

Fed Wrestles With Its Next Moves as Virus Stalls US Economy - Associated Press

America’s Two Coronavirus Realties - Axios

Here Are the Differences Between the House and Senate Coronavirus Relief Bills - New York Times

Republicans, Democrats Face Tough Talks on Coronavirus Relief as Deadline Looms - Reuters

GOP Releases Coronavirus Relief Proposal After Delay - Wall Street Journal

GOP Coronavirus Relief Package Gets Warm Welcome From Business Groups - TheHill

White House, Democrats Far Apart as They Renew Talks on Coronavirus Relief Package - Washington Times

GOP's Relief Package Hits Wall in Talks With Schumer, Pelosi - TheHill

Senate GOP Releases Covid Proposal Amid Internal Divisions - POLITICO

Senate GOP Proposing Second Round Of $1,200 Stimulus Checks - TheHill

Republicans Will Propose Cutting $600 Unemployment Checks to $200 - Forbes

Steven Mnuchin, Mark Meadows Negotiate With Nancy Pelosi in Coronavirus Relief - Washington Times

Democrats Balk at New Republican Proposal for Pandemic Relief Bill - National Public Radio

GOP proposes Unemployment Benefit Reduction, Stimulus Checks in Virus Relief Bill - US News & World Report

As Republicans Embrace Cut in Jobless Aid, Divisions Weaken Their Leverage - New York Times

How the Senate GOP Bill Would Affect Jobless Benefits - CNN

Senate's COVID-19 Package Tees Up Fight Over Medicaid Funding, Hospital Bailout - POLITICO

McConnell’s Warning of Lawsuit ‘Epidemic’ Undercut by Lack of Litigation - POLITICO

Delta CEO: Airline's Pandemic Strategy is 'Putting People Over Profits’ - National Public Radio

Google to Keep Employees Home Until Summer 2021 Amid Coronavirus Pandemic - Wall Street Journal

Amazon Sells Unsubstantiated 'Antiviral' Supplements Amid Coronavirus Pandemic - National Public Radio 

Gold Price Hits a Record High as Pandemic Drives Uncertain Outlook for Economy - National Public Radio




International News Stories  UPDATED DAILY

Coronavirus 'Most Severe Health Emergency' WHO Has Faced - BBC

Battered But Still Standing: How the NHS Coped With COVID-19 - The Economist

China Records 68 New Coronavirus Cases Monday, Highest Since March - US News & World Report

Swedish Approach: Virus Cases Trend Downward - Associated Press

Pandemic Saps Trust in Many World Leaders, But Not Angela Merkel - Axios

Wish You Were Here - Why Governments Are Paying People to Go on Holiday - The Economist

Pilgrims and the Pandemic - Saudi Arabia Has Put Strict Limits on This Year’s Haj  - The Economist

With Schools Shut Due to Coronavirus, Malawi's Girls Face Tough Choices - National Public Radio

British PM Boris Johnson Says COVID-19 Struggle Was Worsened by Obesity - United Press International 

Tenor Bocelli, Who Had COVID, Says Lockdown Humiliated Him - Associated Press 

Volunteers Came to the Rescue as Virus Raged in Kyrgyzstan - Associated Press




Arizona  Department of Health Service Guidance 

Requirements for Business  

Guidance for Organized Youth Activities 

Guidance for Casinos

Guidance for Theaters

Guidance for Shopping Malls 

Guidance for Places of Worship 

Guidance for Spas, Massage Therapists and Personal Services

Guidance for Retail

Guidance for Pools

Guidance for Gyms and Fitness Providers

Guidance for Restaurants Providing Dine-In Services 

Guidance for Barbers and Cosmetologists




Arizona Department of Education Guidance 

Roadmap for Reopening Schools

Considerations for Leaders in Reopening Schools

Considerations for Teachers in Reopening Schools

Considerations for Students in Reopening Schools

Considerations for Families in Reopening Schools




Pandemics Explained - Harvard Global Health Institute 

The COVID Tracking Project  

COVID-19 - Receiving IRS Economic Impact Payments -  Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation 

COVID-19 State Action Center - National Academy for State Health Policy 

COVID-19 Screening Tool - Apple and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

COVID-19 Stimulus Bill:  What It Means For States - National Conference of State Legislatures  

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act:  Summary of Key Health Provisions - Kaiser Family Foundation  

Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience:  Massive Scale Testing, Tracing, and Supported Isolation (TTSI) as the Path to Pandemic Resilience for a Free Society - Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University


Gubernatorial Executive Orders Issued to Date

Continuation of Executive Order 2020-43 Slowing the Spread of COVID-19- July 23, 2020 

Arizona Open for Learning - July 23, 2020 

Protecting the Public’s Right to Vote - July 22, 2020 

Continued Postponement of Eviction Enforcement Actions - July 16, 2020 

Enhanced Surveillance Advisory - July 9, 2020  

Limited Indoor Dining - July 9, 2020  

Extending the Termination Date of Programs - July 1, 2020 

Protecting Public Health for Students and Teachers - June 29, 2020  

Pausing of Arizona’s Reopening - June 29, 2020  

Renewal of Executive Order 2020-27 (The Good Samaritan Order) - June 25, 2020  

2020-2021 School Year - June 24, 2020 

Containing the Spread of COVID-19, Continuing Arizona Mitigation Efforts - June 17, 2020 

Ensuring Statewide Access to Care for COVID-19 Arizona Surge Line - May 28, 2020 

Assisting Arizona Families with Child Care - May 28, 2020  

Stay Healthy, Return Smarter, Return Stronger – May 12, 2020 

Reporting By Nursing Care Institutions, Residential Care Institutions, ICF-IIDs And DD Medical Group Homes To Residents And Families Regarding COVID-19 – May 4, 2020  

Building On COVID-19 Success - Resuming Additional  Business Operations for Barbers, Cosmetologists and Dine-in Restaurants – May 4, 2020  

Return Stronger — Amending the Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected Order – April 29, 2020  

Requesting Exemption From Executive Order 2020-10 Elective Surgeries – April 22, 2020 

Expanding Food Options for Commercial Vehicle Drivers - April 15, 2020

Enhanced Surveillance Advisory - April 14, 2020

Increased Telemedicine Access for Workers’ Compensation - April 14, 2020

On the Job Training for Assisted Living Facility Caregivers - April 14, 2020

The “Good Samaritan Order” Protecting Frontline Healthcare Workers Responding to the COVID-19 Outbreak - April 9, 2020

Remote Online Notarization - April 8, 2020

Flexible Food Item &. Sale of Goods at Restaurants - April 8, 2020

Requirements for Individuals Traveling to Arizona - April 8, 2020

Enhanced Surveillance Advisory - April 8, 2020

Protection of Vulnerable Residents at Nursing Care Institutions, Residential Care Institutions, ICF-IIDs and DD Medical Group Homes from COVID-19 - April 8, 2020

Prohibiting Small Business Evictions - April 7, 2020

Expanding Access to Pharmacies - April 2, 2020

Telemedicine for Pets and Animals - April 1, 2020

Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected - March 30, 2020

Continuity of Work - March 26, 2020

Increasing Hospital Capacity for COVID-19 Preparedness - March 26, 2020

Expansion of Telemedicine - March 25, 2020

Postponement of Eviction Actions - March 24, 2020

Enhanced Surveillance Advisory - March 23, 2020

Prohibiting the Closure of Essential Services - March 23, 2020

Ensuring Individuals Whose Employment is Affected by COVID-19 Have Access to Unemployment Insurance - March 20, 2020

Delaying Elective Surgeries to Conserve Personal Protective Equipment Necessary to Test and Treat Patients with COVID-19 - March 19, 2020

Limiting the Operations of Certain Businesses to Slow the Spread of COVID-19 - March 19, 2020

Limiting In-Person Motor Vehicle Division Visits for License Driver Renewals - March 19, 2020

Protective Measures to Protect Against COVID-19 - March 19, 2020


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