Pence Arrives In Arizona As State Hits New Virus Records

Jul 1, 2020

A masked Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Arizona where the state leads the nation in the rate of new coronavirus cases.  

Vice President Mike Pence, right, is greeted with an elbow bump by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, left, as he arrives to discuss the surge in coronavirus cases Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in Phoenix.
Credit AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Gov. Doug Ducey, also wearing a mask, greeted Pence with an elbow bump Wednesday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The visit by Pence comes as Arizona broke its own records in newly reported COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, emergency room visits and deaths. Johns Hopkins University says there have been roughly 558 new cases reported per 100,000 people in Arizona over the past two weeks, ranking the state first in the country for new cases per capita. 

The Arizona Department of Health Services Wednesday reported nearly 4,900 new cases of COVID-19 and 88 more deaths. There have been more than 84,000 total cases in Arizona since the outbreak began.