By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (here pictured at his Prescott Election Eve Rally) has received criticism as COVID-19 cases spike in Arizona. Image license CC By SA 2.0.
As 12 States have been said to have seen a resurgence in COVID-19 cases, quoting CNN, Arizona hospitals have been alerted by local officials to fully activate their emergency plans. This was reported by AZCentral at 1:55pm on June 8. This action followed a letter from Arizona Department of Health Services director Dr. Cara Christ on June 6. Dr. Christ wrote to ask hospitals to suspend elective surgeries and prepare for crisis care. This was due to a shortage of bed capacity as well as a shortage of staff.
The day before Dr. Christ sent her letter, Arizona’s largest health system, Banner Health, stated that ICU bed occupancy was growing.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow commented on the state of the coronavirus case in Arizona. Maddow noted that cases of coronavirus had “abruptly spiked” in Arizona over the past two weeks, see Maddow on Twitter. She cited a Bloomberg article published on June 10 that questioned whether there would be a second heat wave of coronavirus in the United States. U.S. cases of COVID-19 have now topped 2 million as stated by Bloomberg. Of all of the states that have had a resurgence in cases, Arizona appears to “stick out like a sore thumb” stated Bloomberg.
The Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has taken heat and political criticism on Twitter for the resurgence in COVID-19 cases due to his policies on public health. Governor Ducey proceeds to follow a steady path of consulting with fellow United States governors in the meantime. As of June 10, he was actively engaging with the National Governors Association regarding coronavirus.
“Joined my fellow governors for a call today to get an update from a few businesses across the country on their work to prioritize public health and safety during #COVID19. @NatlGovsAssoc,” said Ducey, in a tweet that was posted at 1:38pm on June 10.
Governor Ducey also continued to share CDC guidelines regarding coronavirus. He appeared to have his work cut out for him. As a surge of civil rights riots stormed the streets of America, cases of coronavirus appeared to rise in correspondence. Governor Ducey addressed these issues directly via his Twitter.
“I want to thank both the peaceful protestors and law enforcement professionals for their cooperation during Arizona’s statewide curfew. Arizona has avoided much of the violence we’ve seen in other states and large metro areas.
I’m also thankful to all Arizonans for their patience during this time. Our state and nation are facing multiple challenges, and I’m very appreciative for how the citizens and leaders of our state are conducting themselves during this historic moment.
With the curfew expiring, @Arizona_DPS will remain vigilant, working with local law enforcement leaders to ensure they have the tools necessary to keep our streets safe and protect the rights of all residents to make their voices heard.
For the past 8 days, we’ve seen Arizonans exercise their Constitutional Rights in a peaceful manner. With this approach, Arizona can continue to be a good example of how First Amendment rights and public safety will be prioritized. ” said Governor Ducey in a series of tweets that were posted at 1:03pm on June 8.