Federal and State News
Indian Health Service Statement, March 17, 2020
At this time, the Navajo Area Indian Health Service was informed by the Navajo Nation Department of Health of the two confirmed cases of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) on the Navajo Nation. This is a rapidly evolving situation, and information is likely to become dated quickly. We encourage everyone to periodically review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 webpage: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html for the most recent updates, including Frequently Asked Questions and Answers: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html.
The IHS will continue to follow our normal policies and procedures for evaluation and treatment of respiratory illnesses. If a patient comes under evaluation for COVID-19, IHS would coordinate with local, state, and/or tribal public health departments immediately. While any direct impacts of this outbreak to Indian Country are not yet known, we must be vigilant in our efforts to prevent the introduction and spread of infections among our patients and within the communities we serve. The federal government is working closely with state, local, tribal, and territorial partners, as well as public health partners, to respond to this public health threat.
Office of the Arizona Governor
News Releases, March 18, 2020.
Governor Doug Ducey, Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and emergency management and business leaders today held a briefing to share updates on COVID-19. Before the briefing, the Governor toured the State Emergency Operations Center to meet with emergency management personnel who are working around the clock to help coordinate Arizona's response to COVID-19.
Yesterday, the Arizona Department of Health Services issued updated guidance related to dining establishments, child care providers, nursing homes, and additional social distancing measures. The guidance, which aligns with recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends canceling or postponing gatherings of 10 or more people. For more information, visit https://azgovernor.gov/news-releases.
News Releases, March 18, 2020
SALT LAKE CITY - Gov. Gary R. Herbert issued three executive orders today. These orders make adjustments to help Utah government function optimally while accommodating social distancing measures, and aim to help lessen the burden on establishments with liquor licenses, which are either temporarily closed or operating on a limited basis.
"Even though we have implemented many changes in recent days to introduce more social distancing in Utah and slow the spread of novel coronavirus, state government is still open for business and dedicated to serving Utah Citizens."