Vaughn Hillyard

Vaughn Hillyard


2016 Campaign Embed @NBCNews | Formerly Team Andrea | Arizonan vaughn.hillyard@nbcuni.com

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Last Friday, I went to a FastMed Urgent Care (processed by LabCorp) for a COVID/PCR test. 1 wk later, I've still yet to receive a call, text or email with results. In Arizona with the lag in results, the scope of the spread is still far from understood.

From Arizona--> Today's percent positive number was down to 25.3%, which is about the average for the week. 4,433 new cases (2nd highest single-day total). 31 newly-reported deaths. (156 in last three days) Record # of hospitalizations, ventilators in use & ICU beds in use.

GM of Mountainside Fitness' Scottsdale gym tells me its CEO is meeting with Gov Ducey ahead of noon deadline to comply with Exec Order. Listen to member Debra Ewing ahead of deadline: "If casinos can stay open, how can you close a gym...I'm on chemo. I have...incurable cancer."

Here's a serious turn: CEO Tom Hatten of AZ's Mountainside Fitness acknowledges employees have tested *positive* for COVID but has *not* notified gym members--almost none of whom wear masks. He also claims to not know # of employees or which facilities they work in. Transcript:

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From Arizona this Sunday: A percent positive rate of over 25% reported~ As well as a single-day record number of new cases: 3,858~ And again, a rise + record # of hospitalizations, ICU beds in use & ventilators in use~

Here's a story of an ongoing personal journey of mine -- that makes it clear to me the vastness of the COVID spread across Phoenix is still so little understood: I have sought a COVID test after being around crowds the last week+ -- with the desire to keep one's own family safe.

Just left favorite coffee shop in midtown Phoenix...just four (including 🙋🏻‍♂️) of the 67 folks who passed through had masks over the course of 10 minutes. None of the staff had masks. This isn’t a protest for justice... it’s a coffee shop. Folks across city ignoring COVID threat.

Ben & Jerry’s rolled up its truck in Seattle’s “occupied protest” blocks to give out free ice cream

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