COVID-19 numbers are improving, but it’s too soon for a ‘victory lap,’ Ducey says

By Maria Polletta | Arizona Republic

For those who have tuned in to Gov. Doug Ducey’s briefings over the past month, the message he delivered Thursday was a familiar one. So was the warning. 

The state’s COVID-19 containment measures are working, he told the public during a briefing at Papago Park Military Reservation. Metrics — from daily case counts to infection and hospitalization rates — are moving in the right direction.

But it’s too soon for Arizonans to let their guard down and take a “victory lap,” he said.

“Returning our kids to the classroom, reuniting with our loved ones —  all of these depend on continued responsible behavior,” Ducey said, standing alongside Department of Health Services director Dr. Cara Christ. “I urge everyone to stay the course.”

The question-and-answer session that followed the briefing did cover some new ground, as reporters pressed Ducey and Christ on business and school reopenings, the coming flu season and other issues.

Here’s what we learned. 

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