UPDATE: There has been a second death in Coconino County, according to the County's Health Department.
NAZ Today's Aaron Vitatoe and Chelsea Parker give us an update on the COVID-19 Pandemic in northern Arizona.
The the first death from the coronavirus in Coconino County has been announced. Health officials say it was a man in his 50s with underlying health conditions. The statewide death toll from the coronavirus is now at 6 as of mid-day Wednesday.
There is a total of 401 confirmed cases in the state of Arizona, 72 of them being in northern Arizona.
Mohave County saw its first case of the virus as of late Tuesday Night. Navajo currently with the most cases at 37.
NAU is canceling the in-person commencement ceremony for graduating seniors this May. A "virtual" ceremony is currently in the works, and all graduating seniors, nearly six-thousand, are being invited to walk the line in a special ceremony being held on December 12.
Coconino National Forest has announced they are closing developed recreation and day-use sites to limit the spread. Flagstaff restaurants, bars and entertainment venues remain closed. Local grocery stores are also taking precautions.
Although 19 states are under a "stay-at-home" order, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey says her has no plans on issuing one for Arizona just yet.
Coconino County issued a press release over the weekend saying it needs federal and state governments to supply additional financial aid, test kits and personal protection equipment for health care workers. Testing may have to stop this week because of a lack of resources.
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