This page features stories that I've written or contributed to on the impact of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, on multiple communities. I first began reporting on the pandemic for The State Press during my senior year at Arizona State University. Afterward, I continued to occasionally cover related stories for The Dallas Morning News. 

University of Dallas' Rome campus under quarantine after 29 test positive for coronavirus

Oct. 21.: This story has been updated to include comments from a university student who tested positive for the coronavirus. All students at the University of Dallas campus in Rome are in quarantine after more than two dozen of them tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the university. Since last week, 26 students on the university’s Rome campus have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a letter from Peter Hatlie, dean and director of the Rome programs. That’s a third

Given long history of discrimination, can community support help Black-owned businesses survive COVID-19?

PHOENIX – Black-owned businesses were particularly hard-hit when the spread of COVID-19 shut down or restricted nonessential activity throughout the country last spring, leaving many to wonder whether they could survive the plummet in daily customers. COVID-19 had shuttered 41% of Black-owned businesses by April, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research, compared with 17% of white-owned businesses. The social justice movements that arose from the deaths of Black Americans at the h

Ducey announces new plans to reopen businesses amid COVID-19 pandemic

Openings will include barbershops and salons on May 8 and dine-in restaurants on May 11 Gov. Doug Ducey announced new plans on Monday to begin reopening businesses in phases amid the continued spread of COVID-19. Ducey said in a press conference that Arizona is "headed in the right direction" and stated that there is a downward trajectory in the number of influenza and COVID-19-like illnesses in hospitals, giving him the confidence to move forward with plans to reopen. Those plans include all

Tempe mayor orders closures of bars, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms

To help small businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19, the Small Business Administration approved loans for Arizona Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell issued a proclamation today ordering the closure of all gyms, fitness centers, workout studios, movie theaters, dine-in restaurants and bars. Mitchell said that he issued the proclamation because he is "working proactively to keep our community safe." The announcement comes a day after Tempe City Council issued a citywide emergency to address the

ASU offers $1,500 nonrefundable credit to students who move off-campus

The University requested students with "other reasonable accommodations" move off-campus to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 Students who still live in campus residence halls and have "other reasonable accommodations" have been offered a $1,500 nonrefundable credit to move off-campus by April 15, according to an email from University housing. University officials had previously encouraged students living in campus residence halls to consider moving out, but stated that the buildings would remai

ASU moves Spring 2020 commencement online

Spring graduation ceremonies for the class of 2020 will take place online instead of in-person in May, ASU announced Thursday morning. "The format may be different, but our enthusiasm for celebration has never been more inspired," President Michael Crow said in an announcement to graduating students. The decision was made in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the announcement said. Previously, the University moved most of its classes online and asked students still living in campus hous

ASU asks on-campus students to consider moving out of residence halls

The move follows developments in the spread of COVID-19, including Arizona's first deaths Students who live in residence halls on campus have been asked to consider moving out if possible, according to an email from ASU University Housing sent to residents on Sunday morning. "Given the rapidly evolving circumstances regarding COVID-19 and our interest in ensuring your health and well-being, we are strongly encouraging you to consider the most appropriate housing accommodations for the near fut

Bars near ASU are closing due to COVID-19 concerns

The temporary closures come after the CDC advised against gathering in groups of 10 or more Concerns over the spread of COVID-19, or the new coronavirus, have pushed some bars and restaurants on Mill Avenue and near campus to decide between staying open or temporarily shutting their doors. The debate comes after Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego declared a state of emergency Tuesday in response to the coronavirus, asking that Phoenix bars close by 8 p.m. and that restaurants shift to a takeout, deliv

COVID-19: How Arizona's universities are responding to the pandemic

Arizona's public universities have taken different approaches to combat the spread of the coronavirus Last week, universities all over the country announced plans to cancel in-person classes and move instruction online in response to the spread of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus. Among those were ASU, NAU and UA, Arizona's four-year public institutions. But each university's plans are slightly different from one another and from other major universities around the country.

COVID-19 and ASU: Here's what you need to know

The University remains open, but a majority of classes will be online for at least two weeks From new health guidelines to transitioning classes to an online format where possible, ASU officials are adjusting University practices to combat the spread of COVID-19, or the new coronavirus. New class formats will start March 16, after which University officials will decide how to move forward. There are currently 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona. The first person in the state who was affecte

ASU to temporarily cancel in-person classes because of coronavirus

ASU has transitioned all in-person classes to online effective March 16, due to concerns of COVID-19, known as the new coronavirus. The online courses will be in effect for two weeks, a school-wide email from President Crow said. Once the two weeks are over the University will assess the situation. Courses will be shifted to an online format using Zoom and other platforms used at ASU, such as Canvas and LockDown Browser, to ensure that students have the “full resources of the institution” ava