Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s office says he and his wife left the state for a few days last week to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

Ducey Chief of Staff Daniel Scarpinato told KNXV-TV in a statement Thursday that Ducey was in “constant communication” with his staff and the White House regarding election results, COVID-19 and other matters. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs automatically becomes acting governor when the governor leaves the state.

That same week, ABC15 reported that four more school districts made up of over 55,000 students returned to remote learning due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the state. The total number of confirmed infections in Arizona since the pandemic started now stands at 276,912, with 6,302 deaths.

Ducey last conducted a COVID-19 briefing on October 29 and he has not made any public appearances since the Nov. 3 election. Ducey on Tuesday released a video about the increase in cases. He is also the only governor in the country who has not spoken with the press since the Nov. 3 election.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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