From State of Emergency to telemedicine, the gubernatorial executive orders since March 11 cover a wide assortment of issues that have arisen from the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak.

Tuesday, Gov. Doug Ducey added a suspension of residential tenant evictions to the list. Wednesday, he required all health insurance plans to include telemedicine in their coverage, and at the same rate an in-person visit would cost.

When the governor made his declaration of Public Health Emergency March 11, nine cases of COVID-19 had been diagnosed in Arizona. As of end of day Tuesday, there were 401, including six deaths.

Executive Order 2020-07
March 11, 2020
Proactive Measures to Protect Against COVID-19
“The Department of Health Services in conjunction with the Department of Insurance shall require that all insurers regulated by the State cover COVID-19 diagnostic testing from all qualified laboratories without regard to whether the laboratory is in-network.”

Executive Order 2020-08
March 19, 2020
Limiting In-Person Motor Vehicle Division visits for Driver License Renewals
“The Arizona Department of Transportation shall defer requirements to renew Arizona driver licenses and driving permits that have an expiration date between March 1, 2020, and Sept. 1, 2020, by six months from the expiration date.”

Executive Order 2020-09
March 19, 2020
Limiting the Operations of Certain Businesses to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
“Beginning at the close of business on Friday, March 20, 2020, all of the following establishments located in counties of the State with confirmed cases of COVID-19 shall close access to the public until further notice: Bars, movie theaters, indoor gyms and fitness clubs.”

Executive Order 2020-10
March 19, 2020
Delaying Elective Surgeries to Conserve Personal Protective Equipment Necessary to Test and Treat Patients with COVID-19
“Beginning on Saturday, March 21, at 8 a.m., all non-essential or elective surgeries, including elective dental surgeries, that utilize personal protective equipment or ventilators shall not be performed at any licensed healthcare facility or by an licensed healthcare provide in the State of Arizona.”

Executive Order 2020-11
March 20, 2020
Ensuring Individuals Whose Employment is Affected by COVID-19 Have Access to Unemployment Insurance
“The Arizona Department of Economic Security shall waive all the following requirements for applications for unemployment insurance: Waiting period, able and available to work, actively seeking work and daily job contacts.”

Executive Order 2020-12
March 23, 2020
Prohibiting the Closure of Essential Services
“Essential businesses and operations: Stores that sell groceries and medicine, food and beverage and agriculture, outdoor recreation activities, organizations that provide charitable and social services, media, gas stations and businesses needed for transportation, financial institutions, hardware and supply stores, critical trades, mail, post, shipping, logistics, delivery and pick-up services, educational institutions, laundry services, restaurants for consumption off-premises, supplies to work from home, supplies for essential businesses and operations, transportation, home-based care and services, residential facilities and shelters, professional and personal services, daycare centers for employees exempted by this Executive Order, manufacture, distribution and supply chain for critical products and industries, hotels and motels, funeral services.”

Executive Order 2020-13
March 23, 2020
Enhanced Surveillance Advisory **COVID-19**
“Pursuant to the “Enhanced Surveillance Advisory and ARS, the Arizona Department of Health Services and local health authorities may access confidential patient information, including medical records, wherever and by whomever held, whether or not patient identity is known, including health information held by Health Current in its capacity as the statewide health information exchange.”

Executive Order 2020-14
March 24, 2020
Postponement of Eviction Actions
“All Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board certified law enforcement officers and any person subject to the jurisdiction of the Constable Ethics Standards and Training Board shall temporarily delay enforcement of eviction action orders for residential premises when one of the following circumstances exist: The individual is required to be quarantined based on their diagnosis of COVID-19, the individual is ordered by a licensed medical professional to self-quarantine, the individual is required to be quarantined based on someone in the home being diagnosed with COVID-19, the individual demonstrates they have a health condition that makes them more at risk for COVID-19 than the average person, the individual suffered a substantial loss of income resulting from COVID-19.”

Executive Order 2020-15
March 25, 2020
Expansion of Telemedicine
“All health insurance plans regulated by the Arizona Department of Insurance are hereby required to provide coverage for all healthcare services that are provided through telemedicine if the healthcare service would be covered were it provided through an in-person visit between the enrollee and a healthcare provider.”


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