Governor Ducey Ends COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

Governor Ducey Ends COVID-19 Emergency Declaration

Sahana Donepudi

Governor Doug Ducey has terminated the state’s COVID-19 Declaration of Emergency due to the state reaching numbers that show the virus is not as widespread as it was.

Ducey released a statement regarding the new policy and thanked the vaccine and other life saving measures that allow us to return to somewhat normal.The Governor’s comments were echoed by Dr. Richard Carmona, 17th U.S. Surgeon General and special adviser to Governor Ducey on public health preparedness. Carmona said we now have the tools to handle the virus and prevent it. The state government is still committed to encouraging Arizonans to get vaccinated and continue to follow mitigation policies such as social distancing. Over the counter vaccinations and tests will still be available across the state. The declaration of emergency was issued in March of 2020 at the start of the pandemic.

Beginning the week of Mar. 19, 2022, COVID illnesses in emergency rooms or in the hospital are under two percent. Hospitalizations associated with COVID have fallen to five percent of inpatient beds and seven percent of intensive care beds. More than 70 percent of Arizonans have received at least one dose of the vaccine and more than 60 percent are fully vaccinated.