Governor Orders New Actions to Contain COVID-19

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

Governor Doug Ducey today announced additional actions to contain the spread of COVID-19, including the signing of an Executive Order that requires restaurants with indoor seating to operate at less than 50 percent capacity. Today’s announcement to limit capacity at restaurants comes in addition to recent action taken by the Governor to prohibit large gatherings, cease the … [More]

First Statewide Initiative for Affordable Housing Projects, $100M Fund Planned

Home Matters to Arizona

Home Matters®, a national movement redefining the American Dream and home, is launching Home Matters to Arizona to grow support for a new generation of affordable housing, connected communities and healthier individuals, families and economies. Phase one of the Arizona launch includes a planned $100 million Home Matters® Arizona Fund to finance community development and … [More]

Collaboration Meant to Vastly Expand COVID-19 Testing Capacity in Arizona

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

A strategic collaboration with Sonora Quest Laboratories, the market share leader in diagnostics laboratory testing in Arizona, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and PerkinElmer, Inc. (NYSE: PKI), a global leader committed to innovating for a healthier world, to expand testing in Arizona. The collaboration helps catapult COVID-19 diagnostic testing capacity well … [More]

ADHS and ASU Announce Partnership to Increase COVID-19 Testing in Arizona

State of Arizona Office of the Governor

The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) and Arizona State University (ASU) announced a new partnership today that will increase COVID-19 diagnostic testing in Arizona. ASU will launch several testing sites that will provide free saliva diagnostic testing for COVID-19 in high-need underserved communities around the state. The testing will begin this Saturday, July 11 in … [More]

DES Distributed more than $5.7 Billion in Unemployment Insurance and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

Arizona Department of Economic Security

The Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) announced today it has distributed more than $5.7 billion in state unemployment insurance (UI) and Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) since the week ending March 7, 2020. During that period, nearly 323,000 Arizonans received UI benefits and 557,000 Arizonans received PUA benefits. More than $722 million was issued to … [More]

Three ASU Women Leaders Selected for “Phoenix Herstories” to Celebrate 19th Amendment

The Cronkite School

Mi-Ai Parrish, the Sue Clark-Johnson Professor in Media Innovation and Leadership at the Cronkite School and former publisher of the Arizona Republic, is among three Arizona State University women selected to participate in “Phoenix Herstories,” a photography and video project that commemorates the ratification of the 19th Amendment by honoring prominent female leaders in … [More]

Chat Technology to Promote Workplace Safety and Respond to COVID-19

Botco.ai

To help organizations safely reopen their offices and deliver a coordinated, effective employer response to COVID-19, STChealth and Botco.ai today announced a partnership in which Botco.ai’s chat functionality is now included in STChealth’s Strategic Action For Employers (SAFE) Return to Work Program. The program makes use of Botco.ai’s automated intelligent chat technology to … [More]

Unemployment Continues Pressure on Economy with 1.3M Claims Last Week

U.S. Department of Labor

In the week ending July 4, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claimswas 1,314,000, a decrease of 99,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 14,000 from 1,427,000 to 1,413,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,437,250, a decrease of 63,000 from the previous week's revised average. The previous week's average was … [More]

Health and Safety is Top Priority for Travel Industry with ‘Safe Stay’ Commitment

American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute

As Americans begin to travel, the hotel industry is coming together to ensure all guests and staff can remain safe and comfortable. Long before COVID-19, hotels were dedicated to cleaning at the highest standards. AHLA launched Safe Stay, an industry-wide, enhanced standard of health and safety protocols to prepare America’s hotels to safely welcome back guests and employees as … [More]

Tips for Keeping Mask Use From Hindering Communication

Rick McCartney

With COVID-19 cases on the rise in many parts of the country and health officials urging vigilant use of masks as protection, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is providing advice for people with and without hearing loss to help everyone communicate while their faces are covered. Masks can make communication difficult, especially for the approximately … [More]