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District 2 COVID-19 Update & Other News

Bush Fire in the Tonto National Forest

bush fire

Photo Credit: Michael Chow/The Republic

The Bush Fire in the Tonto National Forest has rapidly grown to 70,000 acres with no containment.  Multiple communities in the path of the rapidly growing fire have been ordered to evacuate.The American Red Cross has opened an emergency shelter for evacuees in Miami at the Lee Kornegay School. 

SR 87 between Bush Highway and Payson and SR 188 between SR 87 and Globe are both closed due to the fire. Southbound drivers should plan to detour using SR 260 to Interstate 17.

Please keep our firefighters in your thoughts and prayers as they battle this fire.  For up to date information on this brush fire click here >

CARES Act Funds

Last week, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors allocated federal CARES Act funds to combat COVID-19 in our community.  Those dollars are going primarily toward the emergency health response and any future needs related to it.  Watch the Board Meeting >

CARES funding Allocations

Public Health Priorities Funded

Investigating and tracking the spread of COVID-19 is one of the most important roles of county government during the pandemic.  Using federal CARES Act funds, the Board of Supervisors has put millions toward important public health priorities such as contact tracing, testing, and personal protective equipment.

Read the press release >

CARES Act Funds

CARES Act Funding for Small Businesses

Small Businesses


Marciopa County is directing $23 million in CARES Act funding to small businesses.  While the details are still being worked out, the plan approved by the Board will establish a grant program that would support small businesses and non-profit organizations that can demonstrate financial hardship because of COVID-19. Because the cities of Phoenix and Mesa also received significant CARES Act funding, businesses and non-profits in those cities would not be eligible to apply.

The Research Behind Wearing Masks

There is mounting scientific evidence that wearing a well-fitting cloth face mask can protect both the person wearing the mask and those around the mask-wearer from COVID-19. 

It’s estimated nearly 1 in 5 people are "asymptomatic transmitters" of COVID-19. That means you could be infected with COVID-19 before showing any symptoms and infecting others without even knowing it. Even if you are young, or otherwise healthy, everyone must do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19

Read more here.

Cloth Mask Guidance

What the Data Shows

Public Health continues to see an increase in cases. We expected a rise in cases with more people interacting in the community, but the rate at which cases are increasing is concerning. 

It’s important for everyone to remember that this is a disease that anyone can get

The latest results reflect the following:

9% of cases are 19 years old or younger

48% of cases are people ages 20-44

28% of cases are people ages 45-64 

14% of cases are people over the age of 65 

We know the risk of serious illness is greater for adults over 65 and those with chronic medical conditions, but anyone can spread the disease and a positive case typically spreads the virus to two to three others.  That’s why each of us needs to take protective measures to help slow the spread.

Together, we can slow the spread

What You Can Do

WHEN POSSIBLE - Avoid being in any setting with more than 10 people.

ALWAYS - Keep at least six feet of distance from others when out in public. 

WHEN POSSIBLE - Limit contact with those outside of our household, especially if you are in a high-risk group.   

ALWAYS - Stay home when you are sick. 

ALWAYS - Stay home as much as possible when a household member has tested positive for COVID-19 except to get essential medical care, prescriptions, and food.

FREQUENTLY - Wash hands with soap and water, and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if unable to wash hands.

ALWAYS - Wear a mask or cloth face covering when going out in public.

Contact Tracing

If you are a close contact of someone infected with COVID-19, you will receive a phone call from Public Health.  You’ll be provided information about how to monitor for symptoms of illness for 14 days and what protective measures you should take during that time to prevent potential exposure to others. To help answer questions about the contact tracing process, including how to verify the call is coming from Public Health, visit Maricopa.gov/CovidTracing

Contact Tracing

Testing Locations

Testing and vial


If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to the virus, you can get a test without going to see a doctor first.  Visit the Arizona Department of Health Services website to see available testing locations.



Maricopa County received 32 National Achievement Awards


The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clearer than ever the important role local governments play in the health and safety of their communities.  Now, Maricopa County—the nation’s fastest-growing and 4th largest county—is getting new recognition for its efforts to serve residents over the past year.

Maricopa County received 32 National Achievement Awards this year from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for programs that have a measurable positive impact on the community.  NACo says these are programs worth sharing and emulating nationwide.

Read the press release here >

Human Services

Human Services Department

The Maricopa County Human Services Department is developing a new rental assistance program using $30 million in federal CARES Act funds.  The program is expected to serve up to 6,000 households. 

Learn more >


Monsoon Season


Summer storms are heavy, dangerous, and short-lived.  You won't have time to plan once the storm hits, so why not get ready now?  

Visit Maricopa.gov/monsoon to find out how to be prepared and stay ahead of the storm.

Summer Reading Program



A friendly reminder to join our Summer Reading Program. With the school year cut short to help flatten the COVID-19 curve, interrupting the summer slide has never been so important. Together, we can be advocates for kids reading 20 minutes or more per day, becoming Summer Reading achievers, and keep some momentum heading into the new school year.

VIsit Maricopa County Reads.

Steve Chucri, District 2
Maricopa County Board of Supervisors



Nationally: CDC

State: ADHS

Locally: Maricopa County Public Health


All information requests related Maricopa County’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic should be directed to the Joint Information Center using the email address caomedia@maricopa.gov