March 11, 2020

Arizona governor declares emergency as virus cases hit 9

Ducey said his emergency declaration and a separate order would ensure the state has the resources to fight the outbreak.

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has declared a public health emergency because of the risk of increased transmission of coronavirus.

But he didn't order large events to be canceled as the governor of Washington did in three counties Wednesday. Ducey said his emergency declaration and a separate executive order would ensure the state has the resources to fight the outbreak. It also would add protections for the most vulnerable, mainly the elderly or those with serious health issues.

The announcement came as state health officials reported three more diagnosed cases of the coronavirus in Arizona, bringing to total to nine.

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