Arizona Health Officials Reverse Decision To Halt Virus Modeling Team

May 7, 2020

Arizona health officials are backing down from their decision to abruptly end COVID-19 modeling by a group of university researchers.

Department of Health Services Director Cara Christ at a media briefing.
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A Department of Health Services spokesman announced the decision Thursday following a backlash that received national attention. The researchers were told in an email Monday night that their work was being put on “pause" and that the department would “pull back the special data sets" they had used for the model. The email came hours after Gov. Doug Ducey announced he would allow barbers, salons and restaurants to reopen. Arizona State University said its researchers would continue developing coronavirus models and would share them publicly.