The Coronavirus Pandemic
As these last few weeks have a caused with sudden lost, confusion and even panic; The effect the Coronavirus has taken throughout the city have been drastic to say the least. And with everything happening around the world, we’re glued our phones to our face with in hopes of good news, it seems it like its becoming to be a pipe dream by the day. As quarantine is being pressed, business are forced close, or downsize, and grocery store for necessities have been rationed due to bulk buying and hoarding supplies. And as more cases come to confirm by the day we’re all waiting when the flu can pass us by so we all can go back to our normal lives again.
The state Department of Health Services confirmed on its website that the number of cases reached 401, up from 326 as reported as of Tuesday, and Mohave County officials that the northwestern Arizona county’s first COVID-19 case triggered business closings and restrictions ordered by Gov. Doug Ducey.
The governor’s order requires closures of bars, theaters, indoor gyms and fitness clubs. It also prohibits on-site dining at restaurants but allows them to provide pick-up, delivery and drive-thru service.
Ducey’s order, which is intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus, applies to counties with a confirmed case.
The number of Americans filing for unemployment surged to 3.28 million last week, shattering a decades-old record in jobless claims as the coronavirus pandemic forced businesses around the country to shutter their doors.
The number eclipsed the previous record of 695,000 set in 1982 and is well above the levels seen in the midst of the 2008 financial crisis, the Labor Department said in its weekly report. The data dates back to 1967.
Estimates varied drastically for how high the number of people who applied in mid-March for unemployment benefits would be, ranging from 1 million to 2.25 million Americans who lost their jobs during the period between March 15 and March 21, but economists agreed it would be grim.
As of 3/26/20:
Arizona Department of Health and county health departments:
- Commercial Laboratory: 456
- Arizona State Public Health Laboratory: 52
- Total Cases: 508
- Total Deaths: 8
Officials say community spread has been confirmed in Maricopa County, and recommend avoiding “non-essential” gatherings of more than 10 people for the next eight weeks.
DHS has changed their assessment of community spread in Arizona from “moderate” to widespread.”