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Leader Of Arizona’s Response To The COVID-19 Pandemic Resigns

Arizona Department of Emergency Management

A woman who has been a key figure leading Arizona’s response to the coronavirus pandemic has resigned. Wendy Smith-Reeve had been director of the Arizona Division of Emergency Management until her resignation was accepted by Governor Doug Ducey on Saturday.

Smith-Reeve says in her resignation letter that her role had been taken over by the governor's staff and other agencies and that the governor wasn't following the state emergency response plan.

Arizona health officials said Sunday the state now has tallied at least 919 coronavirus cases and 17 deaths.

Pima County officials reported its second coronavirus death in two days and sixth overall while the Tohono O'oldham Nation tribe near Tucson reported its first positive test.

Anthony Cox, the Division of Emergency Management’s deputy director since 2017, assumes the role of acting division director, bringing with him 19 years of experience in the emergency management arena.

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