As of January 7th, Arizona has taken its place as the number one COVID-19 hotspot in the world, based on cases per-capita. Health officials are seeing approximately 118.3 new cases for every 100,000 citizens. ICU’s have reached record capacity, with the number of hospitalizations increasing daily at a rapid rate. With this impossible challenge, health-officials are looking for leadership to take action.
However, Governor Doug Ducey remains resistant to imposing any formal mandates. When questioned on Arizona’s current state, Ducey and his Health consultant deemed the situation “heartbreaking,” but similar to the current caseload of other states, which have strict mask and lockdown mandates. Vaccine distribution is moving into the 1B group in Arizona. Candidates in the 1B group include K-12 workers, adults 75 and older, and Law enforcement.
Ducey blocked an initiative that would mandate K-12 learning to be virtual for the next two weeks, as well as a stricter restaurant mandate. As more citizens continue to get sick and die, government officials’ lack of response has been disheartening and irresponsible. One can hope the vaccine will correct Arizona’s downward trend, but the vaccine will come too late for many.