Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said the state’s reopening plans are now “on pause” as a result of a major spike in coronavirus cases.
“It's growing, and it's growing fast across all age groups and demographics,” he said at a news conference Thursday. “Anyone can get this virus, and anyone can spread this virus."
The state Department of Health Services reported new cases topping 3,000 as of last week, a pace which the governor said could overwhelm hospital intensive care facilities “very soon.”
Ducey said the state will not be rolling back their business reopening plans, but will be requiring businesses to follow social distancing rules that remain in effect.
“If they choose not to, there will be accountability, and there will be enforcement," he said.
Even with the new policy, Ducey said it’s too late to put an immediate dent in the coronavirus numbers.
“We expect that our numbers will be worse next week and the week following," he said.