PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Gov. Doug Ducey has declared a public health emergency in the state of Arizona due to the coronavirus. "Protecting public health is our top priority," Ducey said.
The declaration came Wednesday and allows the state to tap into emergency resources as needed to fight the virus, and gives healthcare officials the ability to obtain needed medications and supplies. "This is a proactive measure," Ducey said.
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The Governor also issued an executive order requiring insurance companies to cover out-of-network providers and cover 100% of cost for coronavirus care. He also said that nursing homes and elder care facilities will begin implementing new visitor policies and enhanced symptom checks for staff members and visitors.
President Trump addressed the nation later today on the coronavirus. He announced that travel from Europe to the United States will be restricted for the next 30 days. It will start on Friday at midnight.
Gov. Ducey was joined by Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ and Director of the Division of Emergency Management Wendy Smith-Reeve at Wednesday's briefing. Christ said that at this time, the state is not recommending that mass gatherings in Arizona be cancelled.
State health officials continue to urge people to continue to practice good hand hygiene, avoid touching your eyes mouth and nose, stay home when you’re sick, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.