PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government is sending medical personnel to Arizona to help with the ongoing COVID-19 surge.
The White House announced Tuesday that Arizona is one of a handful of states expected to receive additional resources this week.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is deploying ambulances to help in quickly taking patients from full hospitals to facilities with open beds. Twenty paramedics are heading to Arizona, according to the news release.
The state’s largest hospital systems have warned that they are under immense strain caring for patients with COVID-19 or who delayed care for other illnesses. With a shortage of nurses, they may have to ration care.
The state’s pandemic totals now stand at 1,341,377 cases and 23,742 deaths.
Meanwhile, the Pima County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday will include consideration of a mask mandate. The proposed resolution would require people to wear masks in indoor public spaces where they cannot properly social distance.
Pima County reported 343 new COVID-19 cases and 42 new deaths Tuesday.