For seven weeks, Gov. Doug Ducey has assured us that his decisions to reopen the state would be based not on politics or wishful thinking or even a wing and a prayer.
Data, he has said over and over again, would be in the drivers’ seat when it comes to steering Arizona through the coronavirus.
Now Ducey has tossed a significant piece of that data – public health models that predict we could be headed toward disaster – out the window.
Just hours after Ducey announced on Monday that he’s accelerating the reopening of parts of the state’s economy, state health officials told a team of university experts to stop working on models that project what will happen next.
The universities’ models had shown that the only way to avoid a dramatic spike in cases was to delay reopening the state until the end of May.
Instead, Ducey will rely on a federal model – one we aren’t allowed to even see.