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Calls mount to close Grand Canyon after resident gets virus

Grand Canyon
Posted at 1:02 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 01:27:06-04

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Calls are mounting for the federal government to close Grand Canyon National Park after a resident of the iconic park tested positive for the coronavirus and has been in isolation.

Members of Congress and city, county and tribal officials have urged the Interior Department to approve a request from the park to close. The Park Service has been deciding whether to shut down individual sites on a park-by-park basis, in consultation with state and local health officials.

Neither the Interior Department nor the Park Service immediately responded to requests Tuesday on the status of the Grand Canyon's request.