He governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey, gave his annual report of the state focused on the covid-19, and this time his presentation was made virtually from your office, with a duration of 22 minutes, instead of doing it in front of all the legislators in the Capitol as it has done in the last 5 years.
He regretted that 10,000 people in the state have lost their lives in this fight against the virus.
“Everyone agrees that the pandemic remains the most significant threat we face and will require vigilant attention for the next several months,” Ducey said.
Ducey made an emphatic defense of handling the pandemic
Arizona for the second time is considered one of the worst outbreak points of covid-19 globally and faces a potential peak due to the holiday season. The growing number of cases has crowded hospitals, despite this the governor did not announce plans to intensify mitigation measures or expand aid, rather he defended his handling of the pandemic.
“Since the beginning of covid-19, there have been disagreements on how to handle it,” he said.
The president clarified during the report that although he has been asked on different occasions why he does not implement stronger measures such as the mandatory use of masks or a curfew in the state, he basically said that he has compelling reasons.
“It’s a question that only makes sense if you forget about everything else, all the other problems that locks put in place,” Ducey said. “If we are really all in this together, then we have to appreciate that for many families, ‘confinement’ does not mean inconvenience, but catastrophe.”
He also referred to city leaders such as the mayor of Phoenix, Kate Gallego, and the mayor of TucsonRegina Romero, who have criticized the governor’s handling, saying that he had no desire to “hand over the keys to the mayors who have expressed every intention of closing their cities.”
At the same time, he was enraged by the attempt by some Republican lawmakers to revoke the emergency declaration he had issued last March. “Why not end the public health emergency?” said. “It’s simple. Because we are in a public health emergency.”
Back to classrooms
Ducey also addressed the issue that concerns many parents in the Hispanic community, K-12 education in the midst of the pandemic, advocating for a speedy return to in-person learning for all students. The Arizona leader said children participating in distance learning had missed “experiences that cannot be duplicated on a computer screen.”
“In strange and difficult circumstances, parents and teachers have done their best with their resources,” Ducey said. “But it’s time for our students to get back where they belong.”
Although decisions about remote learning are largely up to school districts, Ducey said the state “would not fund empty seats or allow schools to remain in a perpetual state of closure.”
A 2020 report from Arizona’s auditor general identified more than a dozen school districts heading for “financial hardship,” a number that has almost certainly risen due to drops in funding linked to lower enrollment. Statewide, Arizona schools have lost an estimated 50,000 students, according to a report The Arizona Republic.
Schools Superintendent Kathy Hoffman called Ducey’s comments a “slap in the face” to educators who have taught from home since March.