COVID restrictions likely to continue for several months

Gov. Doug Ducey expects that Arizonans will need to continue to wear masks through at least the end of the year.

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

Gov. Doug Ducey expects that Arizonans will need to continue to wear masks through at least the end of the year. And forget about going to a bar, at least for the foreseeable future.

Related: Listen to Arizona doctors, Gov. Ducey. Enact statewide mask and stay-at-home orders

“We do know that those are places to congregate,” said Daniel Scarpinato, the governor’s chief of staff told Capitol Media Services on July 15. “And the last thing that will open in this atmosphere will be areas that result in congregation.”

Those assessments come as there are the first inklings that Arizona may finally be on the right track in trying to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Researchers say what’s called the state’s R-naught number is once again below 1.0.

That value, calculated by Rt.live, is the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person. If that number is above 1.0, the virus will spread; values below that indicate it will stop spreading.

On July 15, the figure was 0.97.

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