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    Voters concerned about election fraud are increasing the pressure on public officials to take additional steps during elections this year to provide additional security, including counting ballots by hand instead of using electronic voting machines for tabulation. Arizona Corporation Commissioner Jim O’Connor sent all Arizona county election officials and sheriffs a letter on August 30 urging the change, and now grassroots organizations are following up with their own campaign. The Save My Freedom movement, headed by Arizona activist Michele Swinick, is working in conjunction with ACT for America, the organization run by Brigitte Gabriel, to further the effort. During an episode of Swinick’s podcast The Everything Home Talk Show on Sunday, she discussed the joint effort with ACT for America’s National Grassroots Director Christine Reagan and O’Connor. The campaign is launching in all eight battleground states on Thursday. Swinick, who has a background in digital marketing, told The Arizona Sun Times, “It takes less than two minutes a day to take back America with this one-click email campaign.” The campaign is on the ACT for America website, and includes options...
    by Natalia Mittelstadt   With the recent expiration of the federally mandated 2-year window for preservation of 2020 presidential election records, counties across the country have been inundated with public records requests from Americans concerned about election integrity. During his “Moment of Truth Summit” last month spotlighting 2020 presidential election irregularities, MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell exhorted “every single person in the country” to ask for cast vote records from the election from their local county clerk’s office. His website links to the Ordros Analytics, Inc., website, which provides templates of public records requests for cast vote records. Cast vote records are files that list “information about one ballot in the order [that it was] processed,” according to Ordros Analytics, which has a master Cast Vote Record repository of counties that have released their records. The record “will contain all of the votes made on that ballot … This allows a data analyst to ‘replay’ the election ballot by ballot to spot unnatural patterns of voting.” According to the instructions provided by Ordros Analytics for submitting public records requests for cast vote records, those...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Mary Francis had no qualms about being a poster child for COVID-19 vaccinations on the Navajo Nation, once a virus hot spot. The Navajo woman’s face and words grace a digital flyer asking people on the Native American reservation to get vaccinated “to protect the shidine’e (my people).” “I was happy to put the information out there and just building that awareness and in having folks feel comfortable enough, or curious enough, to read the material,” said Francis, who lives in Page, near the Utah border, and manages care packages and vaccine drives for a Navajo and Hopi relief fund. In a pandemic that has seen sharp divides between urban and rural vaccination rates nationwide, Arizona is the only state where rural vaccine rates outpaced more populated counties, according to a recent report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health experts believe the trend was mainly fueled by a group that lost a disproportionate number of lives to COVID-19: Native Americans. Tribal communities were left more vulnerable to the virus...
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    Lawsuits challenging the outcome of the 2020 election have been filed in three counties in Washington state with more expected. The plaintiffs are claiming that auditors used uncertified voting machines and that thousands of ballots were manipulated. They are also asking for a “full forensic audit” similar to one conducted earlier this year in Arizona’s Maricopa County. The Arizona Senate is set to release its findings at 1 p.m. PST today, although a draft report shows virtually no change to the 2020 results. The suits filed in Snohomish, Whatcom and Clark counties are headed up by lead plaintiff Washington Election Integrity Coalition United. The group’s director, Tamborine Borrelli of Gig Harbor, traveled throughout the state over the summer in search of voters to join the lawsuits. The group’s website indicates it goes by the acronym WEiCU and that it stands for “We See You.” In Snohomish County, for example, 28 people signed on for a lawsuit against County Auditor Garth Fell. Although WEiCU is the lead plaintiff, all are serving as their own lawyers. “We’re reviewing the complaint,” Snohomish County...
    The Republican National Committee (RNC) is intervening against Arizona’s Democrat Secretary of State, Katie Hobbs, for refusing to follow the Supreme Court’s election integrity ruling. Hobbs is proposing rules for Arizona elections that directly contradict the Brnovich vs. DNC  Supreme Court ruling, which upheld a state statute that bans ballot harvesting, as well as a policy that “throws out votes cast by persons in precincts in which they do not reside,” as Breitbart News reported in July. Hobbs, however, is proposing a 2021 Draft Elections Procedures Manual which, according to the RNC, “authorizes counties to improperly count votes cast in the wrong precinct for certain races,” effectively circumventing the Supreme Court’s decision. Page 201 of the manual reads [emphasis added]: If the voter’s name does not appear on that precinct’s signature roster because the voter resides in another precinct (in counties that conduct assigned polling place elections), an election official shall direct the voter to the correct polling location or, if applicable, to a vote center. The election official must also inform the voter that although the voter has a right to vote a provisional...
    Arizona Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceySchools become COVID-19 battleground Arizona state senator resigns following arrest for sexual misconduct with minors Arizona reports highest daily COVID-19 cases since March MORE (R) issued an executive order on Monday banning cities and counties from enforcing vaccine mandates for their employees, days after Tucson voted to require the shot for its workers.  The governor's executive order takes immediate effect and says any violation could result in a class 3 misdemeanor with up to one month in prison or up to $500 in fines.  Ducey had signed an Arizona Senate bill in late June that outlawed local governments from implementing vaccine requirements, but that law will not go into effect until Sept. 29. The order noted that it applies to any actions taken by local governments to mandate vaccines since then.    "We encourage all Arizonans to get the vaccine — it's safe, effective and free," Ducey said in a statement. "But getting it is a personal choice, and we will not allow discrimination based on vaccination status. Today's order builds on our efforts to protect...
    At least one of the three Pennsylvania counties contacted by a top Republican state lawmaker seeking election materials and information for a "forensic investigation" of the 2020 election and 2021 primary will not offer up its voting machines for review. The trio of commissioners in rural Tioga County decided they would not allow access to their voting machines after Pennsylvania's Department of State advised counties against giving "third-party entities" access to the equipment or they'd risk decertification. “We can’t be in a position where we don’t have the election machines because we have to run the next election, these are extremely expensive machines, and our position is we need to follow the direction that [acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid] has given us,” the county’s solicitor, Christopher Gabriel, said Wednesday. Degraffenreid's memo said the state would not reimburse any cost of replacing equipment in counties that break with the directive. This comes after state Rep. Doug Mastriano, in his capacity as the chairman of the Intergovernmental Operations Committee, sent letters to Philadelphia, York, and Tioga counties last week as part...
    Pennsylvania's Department of State warned counties against giving "third-party entities" access to voting machines shortly after a key Republican lawmaker requested “information and materials” from three counties for a "forensic investigation" of the 2020 election and 2021 primary. Complying with such a demand would lead the department, led by acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid, to decertify the equipment as they would be "considered no longer secure or reliable to use in subsequent elections," according to a directive dated Thursday. "County Boards of Elections shall not provide physical, electronic, or internal access to third parties seeking to copy and/or conduct an examination of state-certified electronic voting systems, or any components of such systems, including but not limited to: election management software and systems, tabulators, scanners, counters, automatic tabulating equipment, voting devices, servers, ballot marking devices, paper ballot or ballot card printers, portable memory media devices (thumb drives, flash drives and the like), and any other hardware, software or devices being used as part of the election management system," the directive said. Pennsylvania "will not reimburse any cost of replacement voting...
    Coronavirus vaccines are going to Americans who are at the least risk of infection in a majority of U.S. states, a new report finds.  At least 31 states are giving fewer doses to counties where high rates of poor, elderly and minority residents live, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed on Wednesday. While the remaining 19 states distributed vaccine to areas with high vulnerability, only two states - Arizona and Montana - did so consistently. The CDC says the findings provide evidence for why more tailored COVID-19 vaccine administration and outreach efforts are needed in local communities to reduce inequities.  A new CDC report found there were COVID-19 vaccination disparities - due to poverty, race, disability and crowded housing - in about two-thirds of U.S. states Just two states - Arizona and Montana - had given more shots to more vulnerable Americans as of March 1. Pictured: Nurse Mariam Skertich administers a COVID-19 vaccine to a patient at the Park County Health Department clinic for seniors 80 years and oldee in Livingston, Montana, January 2021...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Friday announced it would provide $100 million of federal funding to the state’s 15 counties for COVID-19 testing. The state Department of Health Services said the $100 million represents an initial amount and is being provided for staffing, laboratory testing “and other activities critical to combating COVID-19.” The department's announcement of the funding followed Pima County officials’ recent declaration that they might halt COVID-19 testing as of Monday because of a lack of funding. In another development, the department on Friday reported 1,918 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 145 deaths, increasing the state's pandemic totals to 804,116 cases and 1,918 deaths. According to the state’s coronavirus dashboard, hospitalized COVID-19 patients occupied 1,738 inpatient beds as of Thursday, about a third of the pandemic high of 5,082 on Jan. 11. With the reduction in COVID-19 hospitalizations, Phoenix-based Banner Health announced Friday it was easing visitor restrictions at hospitals though it said visitors still would be required to wear masked and would undergo health screening before entering. The number of infections is thought to be far higher...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona will launch a new federally funded program to provide rental assistance to people in need of housing help due to unemployment and certain other circumstances caused by the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Doug Ducey announced Tuesday. The Emergency Rental Assistance Program “will keep families and those in need in their homes and help them get back on their feet as we overcome the effects of the pandemic," Ducey said in a statement. The state program will be run by the Department of Economic Security and provide help in 12 of the state's 15 counties. The three other counties — Maricopa, Pima and Yuma — are receiving federal funding directly, and plan their own rental assistance programs, Ducey's statement said. DES will direct renters living in those three counties to the local jurisdictions, the statement said. The assistance will provide direct payments for rent, rental arrears, utilities, utility arrears, and other expenses related to housing stability, the statement said. Applications can be submitted online at des.az.gov/ERAP starting Feb. 23, the statement said. The $25 billion federal program awarded...
    Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) defended his state’s election procedures as well as his decision to certify the results amid criticisms from President Trump, contending that “the problems that exist in other states simply don’t apply” in Arizona. The Republican governor, who certified the state’s election results on Monday, formally giving the state’s 11 electoral votes to Joe Biden (D), defended the integrity of the election in the Grand Canyon State in a series of tweets Monday evening. “I’ve been pretty outspoken about Arizona’s election system, and bragged about it quite a bit, including in the Oval Office. And for good reason,” he began, explaining that the state has “some of the strongest election laws in the country,” including ID at the polls, prohibitions on ballot harvesting, and clear deadlines: I’ve been pretty outspoken about Arizona’s election system, and bragged about it quite a bit, including in the Oval Office. And for good reason. 1/ — Doug Ducey (@dougducey) December 1, 2020 In Arizona, we have some of the strongest election laws in the country, laws that prioritize accountability and...
    By JACQUES BILLEAUD and BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Republican Party is pressuring county officials statewide to delay certifying their election results despite no evidence of legitimate questions about the vote count that shows Democratic President-elect Joe Biden won the state. The GOP also is seeking a court order to postpone the certification in Maricopa County — the state's largest by population — that's expected Thursday or Friday before the Nov. 23 deadline for counties to approve election results. In northwestern Arizona, Mohave County officials postponed their certification until Nov. 23, while counties press ahead. “The party is pushing for not only the county supervisors but everyone responsible for certifying and canvassing the election to make sure that all questions are answered so that voters will have confidence in the results of the election,” said Zach Henry, a spokesman for the Arizona Republican Party. The party has filed a legal challenge seeking a hand-count of a sampling of ballots in Maricopa County and a court order prohibiting it from certifying results until the case is decided....
    An official audit of more than half of Arizona's counties found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in another blow to President Donald Trump's campaign's legal and rhetorical push - as President-elect Joe Biden remains ahead.  Eight of 15 Arizona counties, including Maricopa - the state's most populated - turned in hand count results and found 'no discrepancies.'  On Thursday, an Arizona judge blocked 'evidence' from being presented by a Trump campaign lawyer, which were affadavits filled out using online forms - and were filled with lies and 'spam,' according to Law & Crime. President Donald Trump (left) has refused to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden (right), alleging widespread voter fraud. In Arizona officials found 'no discrepancies' when they audited ballots in more than half the counties, including the largest, Maricopa  An official audit of more than half of Arizona's counties, including the most heavily populated Maricopa, found 'no discrepancies'  Poll workers take a break in Tucson, Arizona during last Tuesday's general election. An audit found no instances of voter fraud, as President Donald Trump has...
    (CNN)More than half of all counties in Arizona have conducted post-election audits and found either no discrepancies or microscopic issues that don't affect the outcome of the race, according to reports filed with the Arizona secretary of state's office.Audits in Arizona's four largest counties, which comprised 86% of all votes for president in the state, turned up no evidence of the systematic voter fraud about which President Donald Trump has complained. There were no irregularities found in Maricopa County, which is the most populous county in the battleground state and includes Phoenix, the reports show. Officials in Pima County, home to Tucson, audited a random sample of 4,239 votes in the presidential race and only found a two-vote discrepancy.The audit results come as Arizona currently has a thin margin between President-elect Joe Biden and Trump. Biden is ahead by 11,390 votes, or about 0.34 percentage points, and more than 3.3 million ballots were cast statewide. As of Thursday morning, there are fewer than 25,000 ballots remaining to be counted, according to the secretary of state's office. CNN has not projected...
    The votes from the 2020 presidential election are now mostly counted, and it appears that the voting patterns in the late-counting states of Pennsylvania and Arizona largely mirrored those in the other key battlegrounds. In September, U.S. News published a list of 54 battleground counties in the six most hotly contested battleground states: Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. We chose them because either President Donald Trump or Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden desperately needed to squeeze more votes out of them to win. The counties variously were home to big metropolises, populous suburbs and smaller-market cities. Some of them seemed to swing with the political winds, while others were strong, base counties where the favored party needed to rack up as many votes as they could.[ SEE: Cartoons on the 2020 Presidential Election ]Shortly after the election, we were able to measure what happened in 37 counties in the following four states: Florida, Michigan, North Carolina and Wisconsin. Each of these states had counted enough of the vote relatively quickly to provide a pretty good idea of what had...
    Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) is calling on Arizona officials to promptly “investigate the accuracy and reliability of the Dominion ballot software” following reports of glitches in other states that are using the same software. “I am calling on @dougducey to call a special session of the AZ Legislature under Article IV of our state constitution to investigate the accuracy and reliability of the Dominion ballot software and its impact on our general election,” Gosar said. “No election results should be certified until a complete audit of the Dominion machine tallies is made,” he added: 2. No election results should be certified until a complete audit of the Dominion machine tallies is made. — Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) November 7, 2020 Gosar’s call to action follows reports of a significant glitch in a Michigan county, which used the same software. This glitch, in Antrim County, which officials caught on Wednesday, caused 6,000 ballots that were supposed to go to Republicans to instead go to Democrats. “If all this wasn’t enough, in Antrim County, ballots were counted for Democrats that were meant for Republicans, causing...
    It’s the 2020 version of the panda cam. When zoo livestreams of cuddly animals just won’t do, Americans anxious over the nail-biter presidential election can turn to feeds of the ballot counting process. Whether you’re an amateur poll watcher or just looking for something soothing to distract from the heated race, you can watch Democracy in action live from several counties in some of must-win states. Pennsylvania — arguably the most contested state in the 2020 race — has a livestream up of ballot counting in Philadelphia, which a couple of thousand people were glued to on Thursday. In Arizona, state law requires that county recorders maintain live video of vote tallying-centers while ballots are being counted. The Copper Courier is carrying links to livestreams from all 15 counties in the state, including hotly watched Maricopa County, where officials said there were just under 300,000 votes left to tally on Thursday morning. Over in Nevada, officials in Washoe County — the second-largest county in the state, which includes Reno — were also offering a live feed of the...
    With record-breaking voter turnout less than two weeks ahead of the presidential election, counties in Arizona may now begin counting early ballots.  Although results won't be officially reported until after polls close on Nov. 3, state law allows workers to start calculating results two weeks before Election Day. MARK KELLY'S POLITICAL DUEL WITH MARTHA MCSALLY SMASHING ARIZONA SPENDING RECORDS In Maricopa County ‒ home to the capital city of Phoenix and more than half of the state's population ‒ the number of voters casting their ballot on the first day of early voting increased astronomically.  This year, the county saw 2,922 voters cast a ballot in person at the seven early voting sites, while just 847 voters showed up at the same point in 2016, according to news site AZ Family. The Maricopa County Recorder's Office announced this week that it would start counting the almost 650,000 ballots already received — a sum total the Associated Press reported is about 75% higher than the same time in 2016, a trend fueled by the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump talks to reporters at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, with...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Thursday reported 705 additional COVID-19 cases and 24 more deaths as health officials said all 15 counties have cleared state benchmarks for partial reopening of certain businesses during the coronavirus outbreak. Arizona's statewide known case total increased to 219,212 and the death toll rose to 5,674, the Department of Health Services said. The classification of largely rural Graham County in southeastern Arizona improved to “moderate transmission stage,” making it the final county to meet benchmarks for partial reopening of businesses such as indoor gyms and fitness centers, bars serving food and movie theaters, the department said. One county, tiny Greenlee in southeastern Arizona, is at “minimal” status, the highest step below normal conditions. The counties' classifications reflected continued decline of community spread of COVID-19, but the disease “remains in our communities, so it’s essential that everyone continue masking up, maintaining physical distance, washing our hands thoroughly and often, and taking other steps to reduce the spread,” said Dr. Cara Christ, Department of Health Services director. The business benchmarks stem from Gov. Doug Ducey’s June 27...
    An Arizona business built around mail-in ballots is shifting into high gear as the 2020 election draws closer. More state residents than ever have signed up to receive one of the ballots because of COVID-19, which has now claimed more than 1 million lives worldwide, including some 205,000 in the U.S. MINNEAPOLIS POLICE INVESTIGATING BALLOT HARVESTING CLAIMS AMID ALLEGATIONS SURROUNDING OMAR That has created a deluge in demand for Runbeck Election Services, the Phoenix-based company that provides ballot envelopes, paper and printing in the state’s biggest counties, according to AZ Central. While elections once comprised just a few months of work every other year for such companies, the growing share of voters casting ballots by mail in Arizona has forced Runbeck to step up its services. VideoLegislators removed a requirement that voters needed a specific reason for casting an absentee ballot almost 30 years ago, then discarded the term "absentee voting" entirely just a few years later. Voting by mail is now called "early voting" and was touted by members of both major parties. In 2007, the Legislature devised the Permanent Early Voting List, which allowed voters to automatically receive a mail-in...
    PHOENIX – Arizonans will not see Kanye West’s name on the ballot for the presidency. The Arizona Supreme Court Denies Appeal de West so the rapper will remain off the Arizona ballot in the November election. In a decision Tuesday, the superior court ruled that West is ineligible to be on the ballot because he did not submit a “declaration of interest” to election authorities before the signatures were collected, as required by state law. The declaration of interest must have the name of the person, the political party, if any, and the name of the position they are seeking. The decision comes as eight of Arizona’s 15 counties have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to print ballots. The rapper awaited a decision in his favor on Tuesday after a court last week that excluded him from the ballot. Maricopa, Pima, Apache, Mohave, Pinal, Cochise, Coconino and La Paz counties face a Tuesday deadline to print ballots. The deadline for the remaining counties is Wednesday afternoon. The rapper’s attorneys have filed...
    PHOENIX – Arizonans will not see Kanye West’s name on the ballot for the presidency. The Arizona Supreme Court Denies Appeal de West so the rapper will remain off the Arizona ballot in the November election. In a decision Tuesday, the superior court ruled that West is ineligible to be on the ballot because he did not submit a “declaration of interest” to election authorities before the signatures were collected, as required by state law. The declaration of interest must have the name of the person, the political party, if any, and the name of the position they are seeking. The decision comes as eight of Arizona’s 15 counties have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to print ballots. The rapper awaited a decision in his favor on Tuesday after a court last week that excluded him from the ballot. Maricopa, Pima, Apache, Mohave, Pinal, Cochise, Coconino and La Paz counties face a Tuesday deadline to print ballots. The deadline for the remaining counties is Wednesday afternoon. The rapper’s attorneys have filed...
    Arizona’s COVID-19 infection rates have fallen enough for state public health and education officials to say some in-person learning is safe in ten counties. The Arizona Department of Health Services announced Thursday that schools in Cochise, Coconino, Maricopa, Navajo, Pima, and Pinal counties could join Apache and Yavapai in offering some in-person instruction. Gila, Graham, Mohave, Santa Cruz, and Yuma counties still do not meet the state’s metrics for in-person learning. They never expressly disallowed it, but up until Thursday, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman said community transmission of the virus was too high to safely allow students back into classrooms without causing a surge in cases. “Schools should continue to provide options for students, families, educators, and staff who are not yet comfortable returning to school facilities. Communication to all school staff, families, and students will continue to be critical,” Hoffman, a Democrat, said Thursday. “As we saw at the end of spring and throughout the summer, COVID19 can spread very quickly when we fail to adhere to essential mitigation strategies like wearing...
    By FELICIA FONSECA, Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Tents are going up on the Navajo Nation with hand-washing stations. One tribe has shortened the hours for voting. A ticketing system will let voters in eastern Arizona cast a ballot curbside or inside. The coronavirus has forced changes to the way people will vote in Tuesday's primary election. On tribal land, election officials are navigating the closure of businesses and government buildings, curfews and other restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Coconino County, the largest by size in the state, will have tents set up in four Navajo communities to ensure social distancing that wasn't possible at the previous polling sites. The secretary of state's office has sent portable hand-washing stations to the reservation and other rural areas. Some county election workers in Tuba City are shifting their hours because they didn't have the option of staying at hotels on the Navajo Nation that were closed because of the pandemic, said county recorder Patty Hansen. The Navajo Nation canceled its own primary for local officials but tribal...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Fire restrictions within some state land are being lifted because of recent monsoon rain across the northern and southern sections of Arizona. Officials with the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management said restrictions will be lifted by Friday on state lands in Apache, Coconino (south of the Grand Canyon only), Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, Navajo, Pima, Pinal and Santa Cruz counties. On Saturday, forestry officials will also lift restrictions on state land in Yavapai County. Restrictions remain in place on state lands within Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave and Yuma counties along with Coconino north of the Grand Canyon. The arrival of the summer monsoon storms typically provide increased humidity, ample moisture and cooler temperatures to help decrease fire activity. State fire managers said lackluster monsoon conditions in the central region warrant restrictions to stay in place for the time being. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Arizona
    Some Arizona and Texas counties have ordered extra refrigerator trucks and body bags following a surge in COVID-19 deaths in those states, according to local news reports. Both states continued to hit new infection records this week. Texas is facing an average of 93 deaths per day, up from 20 per day a month ago, while Arizona reported 3,910 new cases and 91 more known deaths as ventilators in use hit a new record. Texas Division of Emergency spokesman Seth Christensen told CNBC that the mortuary trucks aren’t yet needed, but that the state wanted “to be on top of this and prepared in case we have the need.” Gene Allen, president of the Texas Funeral Directors Association, also told the news outlet that some funeral directors have reported being at capacity. “The directors I’ve talked to in the last week are at capacity or over capacity, thus the reason they had to bring in the trailers,” he said. In Arizona, face masks are still not mandated, though some officials are urging residents to wear them in order to stem the spread of coronavirus....
    By Andrew Hay (Reuters) - Arizona and Texas counties hit hard by COVID-19 are ordering coolers and refrigerated trailers to store bodies as their morgues fill up, authorities said on Thursday. Arizona's Maricopa County, home to the state's largest city, Phoenix, is bringing in 14 coolers to hold up to 280 bodies and more than double morgue capacity ahead of an expected surge in coronavirus fatalities, officials said on Thursday. In Texas, the city of San Antonio and Bexar County have acquired five refrigerated trailers to store up to 180 bodies as some morgues at hospitals and funeral homes reach capacity, Mario Martinez, San Antonio Metro Health assistant director, said in a video. New York used dozens of refrigerated trailers in April as its daily COVID-19 deaths exceeded 700. The appearance of mobile morgues in Arizona and Texas reflects that the pandemic appears to now be spinning out of control in southern U.S. states. "We are likely to see the trends of deaths rise over the next two to three weeks," Maricopa County health director Marcy Flanagan told a news...
    TEXAS (CBSDFW/CNN) — With skyrocketing coronavirus hospitalizations in several states, hard-hit counties in Arizona and Texas are preparing for the worst by bringing in refrigerated trucks as morgues fill up. Two counties in Texas — Cameron and Hidalgo — are sharing a large refrigerated trailer to store bodies of coronavirus patients because of a lack of space at the morgues. San Antonio officials have also said they’re requesting refrigerated trucks. “I’m pleading with everybody in our neck of the woods, help us do your part, people’s lives are at stake — not just the people getting sick, but doctors, nurses working to the bone, EMS personnel, transporting people,” Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. told CNN affiliate KVEO. In South Texas, hospitals in Laredo are full and the federal government is converting a hotel into a health care facility. The US coronavirus outbreak hit nearly 3.5 million total infections Thursday morning and more than 137,000 reported deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Thirty-nine states reported an increase in the number of new cases from the week before....
    (CNN)With skyrocketing coronavirus hospitalizations in several states, hard-hit counties in Arizona and Texas are preparing for the worst by bringing in refrigerated trucks as morgues fill up.The US coronavirus outbreak hit nearly 3.5 million total infections Thursday morning and more than 137,000 reported deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. A total of 39 states reported an increase in the number of new cases from the week before. California, Florida, Arizona and Texas have become the states to watch as surging coronavirus cases lead to a shortage of hospital beds. The muddled public message on coronavirus isnt just confusing. Its harmfulIn Arizona's Maricopa County, which has the most Covid-19 cases in the state, the medical examiner's office has ordered four portable coolers with additional ones expected in the coming days, said Fields Moseley, the county spokesman. The medical examiner's office morgue had a total of 156 deceased people -- with a surge capacity of just over 200, Moseley said Wednesday. It is unclear how many of the deaths are related to coronavirus -- the county has said fatalities...
    The recent surges in U.S. coronavirus cases can be traced to two key factors -- crowds of protesters and proximity to the U.S.-Mexico border, Dr. Scott Atlas, a senior fellow at The Hoover Institution, said Saturday night. Most of the cases in the Southwest -- California, Arizona and Texas -- are occuring in counties closest to the U.S.-Mexico border, Atlas told anchor Jon Scott during an appearance on on "Fox Report Weekend." "When you look in the southern counties of California, Arizona and the bordering counties of Texas -- with the Mexico border -- these are where most of these cases are really exploding," Atlas said. "And then you look at the Mexico map and in Mexico, that's where their cases are. Their cases are in the northern border zone states. And it turns out the timeline here correlates much more to the Mexico timeline of increasing cases than anything else." IN FLORIDA, OVER 40 HOSPITALS MAX OUT ICU CAPACITY AMID CORONAVIRUS SURGE Spikes in Texas, Florida and Arizona don't essentially line up with reopening but with Mexico's surge and the recent protests that...
    Coronavirus outbreaks are surging in Arizona, Nevada and much of Southern and Central California. So could the Bay Area be next? A cautious pace of reopening has kept the region in a relative bubble of COVID-19 calm as hospitals from Phoenix to Los Angeles rapidly filled. But there is no guarantee the Bay Area’s bubble won’t burst, with troubling signs from surging cases to hospitalizations rising faster than elsewhere in the state. “I think we have to worry all the time,” said University of California-San Francisco epidemiologist Dr. George Rutherford, noting a recent surge of cases in the city over the weekend. “This is clearly problematic.” After weeks of defending a steady pace of reopening amid rising cases, Gov. Gavin Newsom is cracking down again, urging Imperial County, with the state’s worst outbreak, to reimpose the stay-home order, forcing bars there and in six other counties to close and recommended their closure in a half-dozen more. More closures could come, Newsom threatened, if things worsen elsewhere. How is the Bay Area doing compared to the neighbor states and California trouble-spots?...
    PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans on a budget committee have voted to redistribute $500,000 that Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs planned to use for voter outreach, a move she called “partisan politics at its worst.” Hobbs' office received the funding through the Help America Vote Act and planned to use it on digital and radio advertising to curtail election disinformation and connect voters with county officials, the Arizona Capitol Times reported. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee had been expected to sign off on the plan, but Republicans on the committee amended the request so that Hobb's office no longer has a say in how the money is spent. “This smacks to me of a very political move to try to handcuff the secretary,” Democratic committee member and House Assistant Minority Leader Randy Friese said. The funding must now be divided among counties, with $50,000 each for Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties and $25,000 each for the other 10 counties. Hobbs said the vote prevents her from arming voters with information they need to fight back against disinformation campaigns....
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