Members of the COVID Modeling Team at the University of Arizona say the current surge in the coronavirus outbreak will present Arizona with a hospital crisis that could become a disaster unless the state takes steps such as ordering a three-week stay-home shutdown and implementing a statewide mask mandate.
The university researchers said not taking such steps, would be like facing a major forest fire without evacuation orders. The team has tracked the outbreak since last spring and made its recommendations in a letter Friday to the state Department of Health Services.
The department said it is on “high alert" and closely monitoring the situation. Arizona on Saturday reported 4,136 additional known COVID-19 cases and 36 more deaths.