Group 12’s Mark Curtis asks Gov. Ducey questions in regards to the nationwide and statewide scenario in relation to the virus and politics.
PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey sat down with Group 12’s Mark Curtis to debate present points vital to Arizonans together with the virus and vaccine rollout, in addition to the political unrest in Washington D.C.
Gov. Ducey on COVID-19 mitigation efforts
Mark Curtis started the interview by asking in regards to the present surge in circumstances. Arizona is at the moment seeing the best case depend per capita within the nation and Gov. Ducey stated that this surge was anticipated however the identical mitigation techniques are inspired.
“It is the identical protocols as we talked about earlier than,” Gov. Ducey stated. “In carrying a masks, bodily distancing, washing your palms and being personally accountable.”
A 12 Information viewer named Joe Johnson requested the Governor, “Why is COVID-19 so excessive in Arizona?”
Gov. Ducey responded by saying that whereas Arizona is seeing a serious surge, we aren’t seeing worse numbers than these in California or Rhode Island.
Gov. Ducey continued to emphasize that he won’t order a statewide masks mandate. He stated greater than 90% of the state is already below a masks order of some sort.
As numbers proceed to pattern upward, Arizona solely has 7% of ICU beds out there and hospitals below great stress as of Thursday.
When it comes to placing youngsters again within the classroom, Gov. Ducey stated he’s listening to public well being specialists. The choice to maintain in-person studying has gone in opposition to Arizona Superintendent Kathy Hoffman’s request to do online-only studying to maintain faculty employees secure.
Gov. Ducey stated, “Everybody from Dr. Anthony Fauci to the CDC on down says that the most secure place for youngsters is inside a classroom.”
Gov. Ducey stated that when it comes to preserving companies open, he may use the assistance from different elected officers and well being organizations to carry individuals accountable for preserving an ordinary of masks carrying and social distancing.
Gov. Ducey on the vaccine rollout
As of Thursday, the state has supplied greater than 200,000 vaccines to individuals within the part 1A and 1B precedence.
12 Information has heard from viewers that the registration web site is troublesome to work by means of and wait occasions on the cellphone are excessive.
Gov. Ducey responded to those complaints by saying, “Consider the enterprise to vaccinate 7.2 million individuals twice. We did begin with some obstacles in our method, the stories that we have now acquired during the last 48 hours have been overwhelmingly optimistic.”
Gov. Ducey went on to say that, “Arizona’s challenge proper now could be that we’re getting [the vaccine] out too rapidly.”
Gov. Ducey on political unrest
Following his certification of state election outcomes which acknowledged Joe Biden’s win over President Trump, President Trump has turned on Gov. Ducey.
Gov. Ducey says, “I report back to the individuals of Arizona, that is my boss. I took an oath to uphold the legislation and the Structure and I fulfilled my obligation.”
When discussing the latest riots on the Capitol, Ducey says that President Trump did play a task and he bears a few of the accountability of the end result. However, Ducey continues that accountability additionally lies on the organizers and funders of the “Cease the Steal” rallies, the individuals claiming false rhetoric of an illegitimate election and the rioters themselves.
Ducey says he’s ready to maneuver ahead with a brand new president in workplace and he will probably be in attendance on the upcoming inauguration.
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