Report: Arizona stands alone where COVID-19 is leading cause of death during pandemic | Local news – Community News
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Report: Arizona stands alone where COVID-19 is leading cause of death during pandemic | Local news

His criticisms, outlined in an October guest column in the Arizona Daily Star, include wanting Ducey to give cities and counties the power to enact and enforce masking measures; to stop the COVID protocols of “micromanaging” universities and community colleges; and to have “a reasonable code of conduct for students requiring unvaccinated students to be tested weekly.”

Humble, a former director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, also wants Ducey to give more autonomy to local school boards.

A spokesman for Ducey did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday’s report.

Steve Elliott, communications director for the Arizona Department of Health Services, said he was unable to quickly review the methodology of the new report and then comment on the findings.

But he noted that ADHS has “consistently recommended that Arizonans use masks, restraints and other containment measures to protect themselves from COVID-19, according to CDC guidelines.”

“Arizona has put in place strict measures involving high-risk businesses such as gyms, bars, movie theaters and water parks. Bars that could not function as dining options were required to remain closed until circumstances warranted lifting those restrictions,” he wrote in a statement. a press release. e-mail in response to questions about the report.

“Masks and occupancy restrictions were some of the mitigation measures needed for these high-risk establishments, with the ADHS maintaining a complaints and inspection system to follow up on reports of non-compliance,” Elliott said.