PHOENIX - In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has issued a new executive order on Tuesday that requires people from the new York Tri-State area to self-quarantine upon arriving to Arizona.
Gov. Ducey made the announcement during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
"My third executive order today requires anyone flying into Arizona from Connecticut, New Jersey or New York to self-quarantine for 14 days, and our Department of Health Services will be working with airports to make sure travelers are made aware of these requirements upon arrival," said Gov. Ducey.
The order, according to the Governor's Office website, will not apply to a number of people, including airline employees, military personnel, healthcare workers, human services personnel, workers conducting essential infrastructure operations, and workers providing essential governmental functions
Other executive orders issued
The self-quarantine order was one of four executive orders Gov. Ducey issued on Tuesday related to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
One of the orders, according to Dr. Cara Christ with the Arizona Department of Health Services, will update and allow the Department of Health Services to collect additional enhanced data reported, including the number of positive cases in hospitals, Intensive Care Units (ICUs), in the emergency department, and those dischanged from the facilities.
The order came just a day after Pinal County officials filed a lawsuit against AZDHS, demanding dates and ZIP codes of COVID-19 cases and deaths.
"The data will better prepare us for our peak in cases and hospital demand, and help us identify a better recovery rate for Arizonans infected by this disease," said Dr. Christ.
One of the executive orders issued by Gov. Ducey will require care and nursing facilities to, among other things, set up an electronic and visual form of communication, such as FaceTime or Skype, to allow family members to have access to their loved ones.
As of Tuesday, officials with the Arizona Department of Health Services say there's wide community spread of COVID-19 in Arizona.
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