Phoenix mayor says Arizona reopened 'way too early' as coronavirus cases surge

Cheryl Sanders
July 7, 2020

Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego thinks that Arizona opened up way much too early soon after reemerging from Covid-19 stay-at-household orders that were being to begin with issued in the condition, she stated to ABC on Sunday morning. "Our 20- to 44-year-olds, which is my own demographic, really led the explosion", Ms Gallego, a Democrat, went on.

"We're looking at a large amount of people go to large relatives gatherings and infect their family members members", Gallego explained.

On Saturday, the Arizona Department of Health Services had reported 2,695 more coronavirus cases and 17 additional deaths.

Gallego, a Democrat, said some residents over the weekend had to line up for eight hours by auto to get COVID-19 tests and the federal government has been slow to help. Last week, Gov. Doug Ducey ordered bars, gyms and movie theaters to close for three weeks in Arizona. "She called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist the state in its testing efforts".

The state reported 4 new deaths, down from a record 88 on Wednesday, putting the total at 1,809.

"We were told they're moving away from that, which feels like they're declaring victory while we're still in crisis mode", she said.

Most in attendance were not wearing masks and did not adhere to social distancing guidelines.

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