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Phoenix Passes Face Mask Mandate Amid Arizona Coronavirus Surge

The vote comes days after Gov. Doug Ducey granted local governments autonomy to set their own health and safety measures to fight rising COVID-19 cases. Arizona lifted stay-at-home rules last month.

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Vanessa Romo is a reporter for NPR's News Desk. She covers breaking news on a wide range of topics, weighing in daily on everything from immigration and the treatment of migrant children, to a war-crimes trial where a witness claimed he was the actual killer, to an alleged sex cult. She has also covered the occasional cat-clinging-to-the-hood-of-a-car story.