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Mark Kelly claims victory in Tucson on election night on Nov. 3, 2020, and says it’s now “time to get to work.”

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Opinion: A lack of a national strategy is hurting our coronavirus response and recovery. Here’s what I’ve been doing to hit the ground running on this.

Earlier this month, I hosted a coronavirus briefing with public health experts and Arizona community and business leaders. It’s clear that we’re still facing many of the same challenges as when the virus first hit Arizona nine months ago.

Dr. Joe Gerald, a member of my transition team and a researcher at the University of Arizona who has been analyzing COVID-19 data, described how cases are rising quickly and that our health-care system could soon be struggling to keep up, just like it did last summer.

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