Ducey: Plans underway to ‘safely resume school in the fall’

PHOENIX — While he didn’t announced any new business sectors opening any time soon, Gov. Doug Ducey did give an indication where the state is at when it comes to Arizona’s schools.

“We’re working with the education community — school leaders on a plan to safely resume school in the fall,” he said.

In addition, Ducey and Dr. Cara Crist, director of Arizona Department of Health Services, said the state is increasing testing at locations with particular populations, including long-term care facilities and Arizona’s prisons.

“So currently we provide testing for all symptomatic correctional officers and then inmates with COVID-like symptoms. Moving forward, we are partnering with the University of Arizona to offer anti-body testing of all correctional officers,” Crist said.

Arizona has experienced 14,897 positive cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, with 747 deaths.

Graham County stands at 21 positive cases while Greenlee County has had three. There have been no deaths in Graham or Greenlee counties.