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Ducey downplays risk but says Arizona prepared for virus

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Posted at 11:36 AM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 13:36:25-05

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says the risk of contracting the new coronavirus is low but the state has practiced and is prepared to respond.

Ducey was pressed by hosts on Phoenix radio station KTAR Thursday on what emergency powers he has to contain the spread of the virus.

He says the state has “immense powers” to quarantine people who don't cooperate.

He praised state health and emergency management officials and urged people to take precautions to avoid spreading germs of all kinds, such as covering mouths when coughing and washing hands. He says that will help avoid the spread of the flu as well.