Arizona is New COVID Hotspot but It’s GOP Governor Won’t Require Mask Use

For months, New York and New Jersey were seen as the two biggest hot spots for COVID-19. That is no longer the case. Those two states have seen incredible drops in their virus cases and have moved into re-opening phases.

Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images

Arizona has become the state with the highest rate of developing cases. The state has seen rises in positive tests, hospitalizations and ventilator use. Despite this, Republican Governor Doug Ducey said he will not require Arizonans to wear masks.

Like most Governors who saw a rise in cases after reopening, Ducey blamed additional testing. He told reporters, “We put the stay-at-home order in place so that we can prepare for what we’re going through right now. The facts are, we got an increase in testing, an increase in testing and an increase in positive test results. So we’re going to continue to stay laser-focused on COVID-19.”

And despite the increased risk, the governor says he will not require face coverings. He simply said that residents should, “wear masks when they can’t socially distance.”

Ducey closed his remarks by saying that this is going to be the new normal for the state. “There’s not a cure for this virus, and there’s not a vaccine for this virus,” he said. “So this virus is something we need to learn to live with, and we need to make sure that we are protecting the most vulnerable in our society.”


Follow Us On: Facebook and Twitter