What You Need to Know-Week of September 5th

The most important weekly updates for you to keep your community healthy




In this Update:

1. COVID-19 Metrics

2. Updated COVID-19 Guidelines




1. Urgent Updates: COVID-19 Metrics


In the past week, there has been an average of:
Cases per day1,237
Deaths per day10
Compared to two weeks ago:
Cases per dayDecreased by 29% ↘
Deaths per day Decreased by 17% ↘
Hospitalizations per day Decreased by 24% ↘

For a breakdown of vaccination by Arizona counties, visit the CDC’s website.

For updated vaccine information and data in Arizona, visit this link and click on the “Vaccine Administration” icon.



2. Nutrition Assistance

Food insecurity has been a pressing issue in Arizona as over 2 million individuals are faced with hunger yearly. Within the past year, the average price of groceries has increased by 12.2%, making it the largest 12-month spike since April 1979. This increase, which is still rising by about 1% every month, directly affects individuals and families dealing with food insecurity who have unreliable access to nutritious and affordable foods. Assistance programs throughout Arizona are available to help fight hunger, lessen food insecurity, and build stronger communities. 

State-funded Assistance Programs:

SNAP: The Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) provides eligible households with monthly benefits that can be used to purchase food. Individuals and families using SNAP benefits can also join the Double Up Food Bucks Programs, where they can spend up to $20 daily at local farmer’s markets. Applications for SNAP are available on their website and over the phone at 1-855-432-5785 Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. The SNAP application process is shorter and simpler for individuals ages 60 and older and meets the eligibility for the Elderly Simplified Application Project. 

TEFAP: The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) gives additional supplements to the diets of low-income individuals and families by providing emergency food and nutrition assistance at no cost. Emergency food packages with fresh produce, grains, pasta, and meat-based protein can be picked up at local distribution sites. Additionally, congregate feeding sites provide at least one free meal daily and provide health-related services, including transportation, health screenings, social service referrals, and more! Individuals receiving SNAP benefits are automatically eligible for TEFAP; Eligibility requirements for TEFAP can be found on their website

FDPIR: Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) supplies food to low-income households living on Indian reservations and Native American families residing in designated areas near tribal reservations. Participants select from more than 100 nutritious fruits, vegetables, meat-based protein, legumes, and traditional foods every month. Visit the FDPIR website to check eligibility and learn more about nutrition assistance for Native Americans in Arizona! 

Check out the Arizona Department of Economic Security website to check your eligibility for Nutrition Assistance programs and learn more about state-funded assistance programs!

Other Food Assistance Programs:

The Arizona Food Bank Network helps individuals find food banks, assistance programs, and school closure feeding sites by using zip codes to search over 300 locations on their interactive map. The site also allows you to narrow your search to food boxes, onsite meals, home meals, infant boxes, and food co-op boxes to help find your specific needs!





If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to COVID-19 in Arizona, please complete next week’s AZCOVIDTXT survey that you will receive via text in about a week.

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