COVID-19

Latest State and Federal News and Resources

To find Arizona-specific information on COVID-19, visit the Arizona Department of Health Services website (En español). It reports statewide datadaily, including the number of cases, deaths and hospitalizations. For national updates and guidance, visit the Center's for Disease Control and Prevention's website (En español). To receive email updates on COVID-19 and more from Rep. Stanton, click here. If you need help finding a COVID-19 test, click here to read the office's testing guide.

Download the office's COVID-19 Resource Guide (En español) for the latest state and federal guidance and resources for Arizonans, including help with food, housing and financial assistance and help for healthcare workers, small businesses, senior citizens, veterans, teachers, students and families. Tell us which COVID-19 resources you need by taking our survey, and to see webinars for help with housing, economic stimulus checks and more, go to Rep. Stanton's YouTube page. If you need help with a federal agency or feel you have been treated unfairly, our office may be able to help. Call us at (602) 956-2463 or open a case with us online.

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Background on COVID-19

 

What you should know

 

It’s spreading fast – COVID-19 is a respiratory virus that reached pandemic proportions last year and as it continues to spread in Arizona, your life will continue to be disrupted in many ways. We can all do our part to help minimize its impact by wearing a mask in public, socially distancing and staying home as much as we can.

Anyone can get it – Everyone risks contracting it as long as it remains widespread. While some experience mild symptoms or none, older people or anyone with previous health problems are most susceptible to it and for more serious complications. Some, but not all, younger and healthier people can recover with minimal medical intervention,while the older and sicker more likely require medical care or hospitalization.

Find the Facts – As new information emerges, remember that the risk of COVID-19 is not connected with race, ethnicity or nationality. Seeking and sharing accurate information during a time of heightened concern is one of the best things we can do to keep rumors and misinformation from spreading. When you’re looking for information, get it from trusted sources, like this office, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and your local health department. Read often, as information evolves daily.

 

How you can help slow the spread

 

Watch for symptoms – If you contract this, you’ll likely experience one or more of the following symptoms (or none): fever, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headaches, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting or diarrhea. Doctors say symptoms appear in two to 14 days after exposure. The CDC regularly updates a list of symptoms and provides a self-checker.

Get tested – If you experience symptoms or make contact with someone who has or is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you should get tested. Click here to read the office's testing guide (En español) and click here to find a place to get tested regardless of your immigration status. Some tests are free and others can cost between $50 and $200 without insurance, but you should ask your insurance provider if they cover them. Depending on where you live and when you have time to go, you may have to wait a few days for an opening if you don’t show symptoms.

Stay home – Work from home if you can and go out when you need to. Public health experts say and data shows the more we limit out time outside around others, the less likely we are to get the virus and spread it. Because some who contract COVID-19experience no symptoms at all and feel fine, it is important that everyone stay home and practice healthy habits as if everyone has the virus. When you’re around others and don’t need to be, you’re potentially contributing to a domino effect of spreading it to others more at risk to serious complications or those who go home to more at-risk people.

Keep your distance and wear a mask – If you must go out or if you are indoors with people who do not live in your household, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends you avoid close contact by staying at least six feet from others while wearing a facemask. Doing these simple things keeps you and everyone around you safer. You can buy a reusable facemask almost anywhere or you can make one yourself using things you probably have at home.

Have healthy habits – Whether you’re out grabbing groceries for the next few weeks or at home with your family, maintaining good hygiene help keep you and those around you safe and healthy. Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue (then throw it away and sanitize or wash your hands) or the inside of your elbow, wash your hands often with soap and water, and clean frequently touched surfaces and objects. If you are sick, self-isolate. Always be sure to get enough sleep, water and healthy foods and take time to unwind away from an electronic device to manage stress and keep your mind clear.

Get vaccinated – When you are eligible to receive one of the COVID-19 vaccines the state of Arizona is delivering on a priority basis per its statewide plan, please get vaccinated. To find out how you can receive your vaccine, visit the website of the Arizona Department of Health Services, Maricopa County or your respective county.

Stay informed – Use this office's Community Resource Guide to find answers to common questions, the latest updates from state and federal agencies and more.


 

More on COVID-19

December 1, 2020 In The News
When it comes to face mask mandates, 90% isn’t good enough, according to a University of Arizona researcher who’s been sounding the alarm about the rampant spread of COVID-19. Gov. Doug Ducey has thus far resisted calls for a statewide mask mandate, arguing that existing local requirements, which cover all but 10% of Arizona, are sufficient.
November 19, 2020 In The News
Former Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says it doesn’t make sense why current Gov. Doug Ducey shies away from taking a stand on implementing a statewide mask mandate, especially as COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the state. “Bottom line is that we need the leadership from the top, and if there’s 90% as he reported, a mandate in the state by local government, it seems to me it would have been an easy step to have that importance of a governor stepping up and mandating a statewide mask,” Brewer told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Gaydos & Chad on Wednesday.
November 17, 2020 Press Release
The U.S. House of Representatives today passed a bill cosponsored by Rep. Greg Stanton that will significantly help tribal nations with the financial burden of fighting COVID-19. The FEMA Assistance Relief Act of 2020, H.R. 8266, eases COVID-19-related financial burdens on state, local, and tribal governments by increasing the federal cost share of FEMA assistance from 75 to 100 percent.
November 13, 2020 In The News

Across the Valley, the signs are everywhere. "Mask Up!" While most people do, hundreds of people attended rallies last week challenging the validity of Arizona’s election count and only a handful wore masks.

Since the Phoenix mask order went into effect on June 20, the police department has handed out 427 friendly warnings to people who were violating the ordinance. There have been no fines issued. But as COVID-19 cases rise, and school districts are forced to return to distance learning, Arizona Education Association President Joe Thomas says Governor Ducey must act now.

November 8, 2020 In The News
The incoming Biden administration faces not only a divided Congress, but a divided electorate. Democrats will likely be forced to make compromises with Republicans if they want to advance any legislation. Arizona Rep. Greg Stanton, a Democrat, says he hopes this ushers in a new era of bipartisanship.
October 23, 2020 In The News
With the election just days away, Cronkite News is profiling candidates on the Nov. 3 ballot.
October 13, 2020 In The News
Eight members of Congress are calling on the Small Business Administration to investigate whether the operator of a luxury Santa Monica hotel and dozens of other properties properly spent tens of millions of dollars in pandemic relief funding. Rep. Katie Porter (D-Irvine) and seven of her Democratic colleagues issued a letter Tuesday urging the SBA to investigate how a hotel conglomerate that owns or operates at least 50 hotels spent the money it received — as much as $63 million — from the Paycheck Protection Program.
October 1, 2020 Press Release
Rep. Greg Stanton continues to push for COVID-related relief for the Navajo Nation, speaking in favor of the FEMA Assistance Relief Act – legislation he’s co-sponsored to increase the federal cost share of FEMA public assistance funding for COVID-related declarations – at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee yesterday.
September 30, 2020 In The News

Once a reliably red state, Arizona has become increasingly purple over the last decade. 

When it comes to the 2020 election, it's districts like Arizona's 9th Congressional District that could swing outcomes on the federal level. 

The 9th Congressional District falls in the heart of the Valley. It includes east Phoenix, Tempe, south Scottsdale and parts of Mesa and Chandler. It's home to some of Arizona's largest employers, such as State Farm Insurance and Arizona State University. 

September 30, 2020 In The News
It’s clear the coronavirus has had a devastating impact on workers, families and businesses in Maricopa County and across Arizona. Our community is hurting and without immediate action from Congress, even more families will lose the federal supports that are keeping the country from economic collapse.

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