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PHOENIX (LifeSiteNews) — Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey announced on Wednesday that the state will end its COVID emergency declaration, more than two years since he first started it.

“This virus isn’t completely gone, but because of the vaccine and other life-saving measures, today we are better positioned to manage and mitigate it. COVID-19 challenged us in ways we never could’ve imagined,” Gov. Ducey stated in a news release. “No corner of our state — no corner of our country or the world — was spared. But we met that challenge head on by prioritizing lives, livelihoods and individual liberties. The time is right to move forward.”

Ducey health advisor and former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona said he expects the virus to mutate but that the time for emergency declarations is over.

“The current COVID-19 outbreak period in Arizona has ended. COVID-19 is by no means completely through with us, however, and it’s reasonable to expect we will see increases in cases at times as the virus mutates to survive,” Carmona said. “We now have the experience and tools in place to address what may be to come while public health continues doing what we do best: infectious disease surveillance, prevention, and control.”

The governor first issued the emergency declaration on March 11, 2020.

The virus has never been shown to cause serious illness and death for most of the population.

The chances of someone dying after contracting the virus is .01 percent, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control. This includes all ages, underlying health conditions and other factors. The number has remained steady before and after vaccines.