Maricopa County medical director: Schools, restaurants shouldn’t have closed

Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine 

By Jessica Boehm | Arizona Republic 

Maricopa County’s disease control division medical director said Monday that she didn’t agree with Gov. Doug Ducey’s decision to shutter schools, restaurants and other public places amid COVID-19 concerns. 

Dr. Rebecca Sunenshine told the Phoenix City Council that it was her opinion that the decision to close down public spaces was made too early. 

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“I would try to minimize spread, maximize distance but keep facilities open because I think this is going to be a long haul,” she said. 

Last week, Ducey ordered schools, restaurants, bars, gyms and entertainment facilities to close in hopes of slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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