Arizona surpasses 400 cases of COVID-19, including 6 deaths


The number of positive cases of the coronavirus in the state is at 401, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The new numbers released Wednesday, March 25 show that 251 of the cases are in Maricopa County, the most populous in Arizona.

Six people have died from COVID-19 in Arizona. Three are in Maricopa County, and one each in Coconino, Pima and Navajo counties.

The state lab has tested 368 people, with 323 ruled out. Private labs are also testing, but those numbers are not readily available.

According to the Maricopa County Department of Public Health, the case breakdown by age in the county is:

0-17: 2
18-39: 96
30-59: 83
60+: 70

The three deaths in Maricopa County are two men in their 70s and a man in their 50s, all with underlying health issues. Phoenix officials have said the first death was an aviation worker. Independent Newsmedia has learned details on the second death, but officials have not confirmed anything.

The death in Pima County was a woman in her 50s with underlying health issues. Navajo County's was a woman in her 50s while Coconino County's was a man in his 50s with underlying health issues.

The numbers released Wednesday do not include the first confirmed case in Mohave County or the second case out of  Cochise County.  La Paz, Greenlee and Gila counties are the only ones not reporting any cases.

Gov. Doug Ducey last week issued an executive order forcing dine-out options only for restaurants in counties with confirmed cases of COVID-19. Also, bars, theaters, gyms and other businesses in those affected counties were forced to close until further notice.

The vast majority of people recover from the new virus. According to the World Health Organization, people with mild illness recover in about two weeks, while those with more severe illness may take three to six weeks to recover.

Those who feel sick should stay home, limit contact with others, not travel, cover mouth and nose while coughing or sneezing, and wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or with alcohol-based sanitizer. They should also sanitize frequently touched surfaces like door knobs, switches and electronics.

Since there is no treatment for COVID-19, the Maricopa County Department of Public Health recommends having over-the-counter medicines such as fever-reducing medications to help treat symptoms, as well as any necessary prescription medications. Getting plenty of fluids and rest are also helpful. If a person feels like they are sick enough to need to be seen by a healthcare provider, they should contact the office before being seen.

The Arizona Poison Control System is available to take COVID-19 calls from Arizona providers and the general public at 1-844-542-8201. People can also dial 211 for service in English and Spanish.