COVID-19 cases rising in Arizona; GRIC Executive Orders remain in effect

Emma Hughes

Gila River Indian News



COVID-19 cases continue to increase throughout the Community, state and nation. The Gila River Indian Community’s COVID-19 data report continues to show a rise in cases. As of Dec. 1, there are 2,708 COVID-19 cases—1,142 Community members and 1,566 Non-member.


The holiday season usually increases travel but the Community’s stay-at-home order remains in effect. Staying home is the best way to protect you and your family. As people spend more time indoors due to the colder weather, continue to practice physical distancing and always wear a face mask when you are around others. Wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Stay home if you’re sick and monitor your symptoms.


The state has reached 346,421 COVID-19 cases and 6,821 deaths due to the virus, as of Dec. 3. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey addressed the recent COVID-19 surge in a press conference on Dec. 2. Health care facilities in the state are seeing a rise in ER visits and ICU patients due to the virus. 


Gov. Ducey provided an update on the possibility of a vaccine available in late December at no cost to Arizona residents. The vaccine will be prioritized for healthcare, first responders, and other essential workers including teachers. More than one vaccine may be available by the end of the year, according to the CDC.