- Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said on Sunday that she felt the federal government “declared victory while we are still in crisis.”
- Gallego also blamed the significant rise in Arison’s case of the new coronavirus on the decision to open state-owned businesses “way too soon.”
- Arizona has had the highest per capita infection rate in any state in the United States over the past seven days, according to the Harvard Global Health Institute.
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Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said on Sunday that the state of Arizona was opening up too quickly, criticizing the federal government̵
“We opened way too early in Arizona,” Gallego told Martha Raddatz during a Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” “We were one of the last states that went to stay at home and one of the first to come again. And we returned with zero to sixty.”
Gallego, a Democrat in his office since 2019, blamed the increase in part on “crowded nightclubs handing out free champagne” and not requiring face masks.
“I think when the nightclubs were open, it sent the signal that we again defeated COVID and that is obviously not the case,” Gallego said.
In late June, the Arizona Republican government ordered Doug Ducey to shut down bars, movie theaters, gyms and water parks after they had previously opened, AZ Central reported.
According to data analyzed by the Harvard Global Health Institute, Arizona currently has the highest per capita rate of daily new COVID-19 infections over the past seven days with 49.9 people in the state testing positive per 100,000 people in Arizona.
Gallego added: “Our 20- to 44-year-olds, who are my own demographic, really led the explosion, and we have seen such growth in that area. We see many people going to large family meetings and infecting their family members.”
As Business Insiders Holly Secon previously reported, young adults are the source of many of the new cases in states with large increases, including Arizona, Florida and Texas.
According to the Arizona Department of Health, there have been more than 98,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and 1,809 deaths. By far, the most affected county in Arizona is Maricopa County – home to the city of Phoenix, which is the state capital – with at least 62,296 reported cases.
On Sunday, the Health Department reported 3 536 new cases of the new coronavirus the days after all 4 788 new cases were reported on Wednesday. Just shy of 11% of the tests administered in Arizona has delivered a positive result since the pandemic reached the state, according to state data.
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Gallego said some people wait 8 hours to get tested for the virus
Gallego said the state was struggling to administer COVID-19 testing, and said some people in the state had waited up to eight hours to get tested for the virus. She called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to assist the state in its testing efforts.
“We were told that they are moving away from it, which feels like they are declaring victory while we are still in crisis,” she said.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the state of Arizona had the fourth highest number of recently reported coronavirus infections in the past week, placing only behind Florida, California and Texas.
The mayor of Phoenix also pointed to the president’s announcements of masks and his decision to hold a personal campaign rally in Phoenix at the end of June as ongoing problems in the midst of statehood.
“President Trump was in my community, chose not to wear a mask, and he has big events while I try to drive people you need to stay home and that events with more than 10 people are dangerous per Centers for Disease Control,” she said. This week”.