PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has refused a Phoenix-area health club chain's request to hold Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey in contempt after it challenged his order closing gyms to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Timothy Thomason ruled late Monday there was no indication that Ducey's reopening plan for gyms violated due process standards. The judge wrote that Mountain Fitness “has not even given the process a chance to work."
Mountainside Fitness said in a court filing last Wednesday that Ducey’s reopening plan lacked firm deadlines and clear standards. Mountainside also said gyms that assure the state they are operating safely should be allowed to open once they turn in key paperwork.
Thomason previously ordered Ducey to create an application process for reopening gyms and the plan unveiled Aug. 10 allows gyms to reopen at a limited capacity and with health precautions once the spread of the virus within their county is downgraded to moderate or minimal.
In other developments:
— Wind from a monsoon storm Monday night ripped apart an outdoor COVID-19 testing site in a parking lot in Mesa.
The storm tore down tents and blew over tables at the Embry Womens Health site at Mesa Community College,
No injuries were reported.
Embry advised people with appointments at the site to go instead to one of its other locations in metro Phoenix.
— State health officials on Tuesday reported 915 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 23 additional deaths, increasing the state's totals to 194,920 cases and 4,529 deaths.
According to Johns Hopkins University data analyzed by The Associated Press, the 7-day rolling averages of daily new cases and daily deaths in Arizona dropped over the past two weeks.
The cases average went 2,239 on Aug. 3 to 926 Aug. 17 while the deaths average went from 68 on Aug. 3 to 50 on Aug. 17.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.