Arizona continues to add more than 300 cases of COVID-19, as the state nears 15,000 cases.
As of Wednesday morning, the Arizona Department of Health Services reports 14,897 cases and 747 deaths in the state, up 331 and 43 from Tuesday, respectively.
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health reports 7,552 cases and 343 deaths in Arizona's most populous county.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.
According to worldometers.info, which uses information from John Hopkins University, of the over 458,000 cases which have had an outcome, over 364,000 — 80% — have recovered, with nearly 94,000 deaths as of 10 a.m. Wednesday. Arizona does not report recoveries yet, but does release the number of cases discharged from the hospital. That number hovers around 3,700, or about 25% of total cases.
County board still meeting virtually for public
Just days after approving a preliminary budget for next year, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will continue efforts steer federal funds and local donations to help those hurt by the novel coronavirus outbreak and prepare for the coming elections.
With an agenda comprised of dozens of action items, the regularly scheduled formal meeting is at 9:30 a.m. May 20 in the Supervisors’ Auditorium, 205 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix — though due to concerns over the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis, the meeting room will be closed to the public.
Though Gov. Doug Ducey allowed his shelter-in-place order to expire as of May 15 as part of a phased reopening of some businesses across the state, county officials cited social distancing guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in their decision to keep the county board meetings closed to in-person attendees.
CVS rolling out testing sites
CVS Health has opened 10 new COVID-19 test sites at select Pharmacy Drive-thru locations across Arizona.
More testing sites are in the works, according to a release.
The sites are part of the company’s plan to have up to 1,000 testing sites operational across the country by the end of May.
These new sites will utilize self-swab tests and mark the next phase of the company’s nationwide testing strategy.