January 7, 2021

As Arizona becomes world hot spot, focus put on governor

Scrutiny on governor's resistance to more restrictive measures continues to spike

ducey 20201202 Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey delivers an address about the state's COVID-19 response Dec. 2, 2020.
Office of the Arizona Governor/YouTube

Since early in the pandemic, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has resisted instituting restrictive measures to try to keep the coronavirus cases from rising. All

of those choices by the Republican governor are now getting renewed scrutiny as the Grand Canyon state becomes what health officials call the latest “hot spot of the world” because of soaring case loads.

Ducey has rejected calls from health care leaders to tighten restrictions, arguing it would cause people to be out of work. He also dismissed a proposal to have all public schools go to virtual learning for two weeks after the holidays.

Health officials are urging new measures as cases skyrocket.

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