Phoenix Mayor on Surge of Coronavirus Cases: ‘We Opened Too Early in Arizona’

The mayor of Phoenix, Arizona, Kate Gallego (D), says the state lifted its coronavirus restrictions too early, which contributed to the ongoing surge of new cases. 

During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Gallego said, “We opened way too early in Arizona. We were one of the last states to go to stay-at-home and one of the first to reemerge. And we reemerged at zero to sixty.”

She continued, “We had crowded nightclubs handing out free champagne, no masks. Our 20 to 44-year-olds, which is my own demographic, really led the explosion.”

“And we’ve seen such growth in that area. We’re seeing a lot of people go to large family gatherings and infect their family members,” she added.

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Her comments come as more than 30 states have reported an increase in coronavirus cases. Additionally, members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force told members of Congress that the surge in cases is a “real increase” and not simply the result of more testing. 

Gallego said she asked the Federal Emergency Management Agency for more community-based testing to make it easier for residents to get tests. However, she said, “We were told they’re moving away from that.”

Administration officials have said they are moving away from community-based testing because it is “antiquated” and there are more testing options now than there were at the beginning of the outbreak. 

In recent days, the state set a new record for the highest number of new cases reported in a single day. As of Sunday afternoon, there were more than 97,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state.

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  1. Penis – Protesters, protesters, protesters. That’s where the new cases came from, same age group. Few masks and no distancing caused this. Now, we have three strains of the virus. The protesters gave the virus a petri dish to evolve in. Let them die from it.

  2. No, you had protests. Check the age of the new cases. Same age as the protesters.

  3. I would like to know all of the demographics of the new cases. In most of the country, Hispanics and blacks make up about 50% of cases and nursing homes make up about 50%. That doesn’t leave a lot of room for anyone else.

  4. This is why rhetoric of each party needs to show how serious it can be. Young adults are hard to convince to use caution – in any scenario.

    Then you have mom and dad saying its a hoax then duh – they are going to throw caution to the wind. It’s easier.

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