Arizona health officials reported nearly 80 new deaths of coronavirus overnight, a day-to-day high in deaths in the state since the pandemic started.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, there are 59,974 cases and 1,463 deaths of COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning, up 1,795 and 79, respectively, from Tuesday.
On Twitter, the AZDHS said 53 of the 79 deaths reported Wednesday are from death certificate matching. Visit the department's May 8 blog for more information on how this works.
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health reports 34,994 cases and 654 deaths in Arizona’s most populous county.
The numbers of cases per 100,000 residents in the state is 824 as of Wednesday, using 2019 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Maricopa County is below that at 780. Santa Cruz County is at 3,308 cases per 100,000 residents, the highest in the state. Navajo and Apache counties, which include parts of the Navajo Nation, are at 2,928 and 3,052 per 100,000 residents, respectively.
In an ongoing effort to help slow the spread of the virus, CVS Health has expanded its COVID-19 testing program by announcing 15 additional test sites at select Pharmacy drive-thru locations across Arizona. The opening of additional test sites on Friday will add to the 49 locations previously opened in Arizona.
In addition to the drive-thru sites, CVS Health has partnered with a number of community organizations to open eight rapid-response community testing sites across the country, including a site at St. Vincent de Paul’s Virginia G. Piper Medical & Dental Clinic in Phoenix, which aim to increase access to testing for uninsured and underserved populations who are at highest risk for COVID-19.
Self-swab tests will be available to individuals meeting CDC criteria, in addition to state and age guidelines. Patients must register in advance at CVS.com to schedule an appointment.
Patients will be required to stay in their cars and will be directed to the pharmacy drive-thru window or a location in the parking lot at a few stores, where they will be provided with a test kit and given instructions, and a CVS Pharmacy team member will observe the self-swab process to ensure it is done properly.
Tests will be sent to an independent, third-party lab for processing, and the results will be available in approximately three days.
New testing sites in Arizona
5400 E. Carefree Highway, Carefree
2371 E. Guadalupe St., Gilbert
5125 W. Olive Ave., Glendale
9856 W. Peoria Ave., Peoria
6650 W. Lower Buckeye Road, Phoenix
3210 E. Union Hills Drive, Phoenix
2406 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix
3610 W. Anthem Way, Phoenix
28635 North Valley Parkway, Phoenix
7552 Indian School Road, Scottsdale
7111 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale
1424 W. Baseline Road, Tempe
7740 N. Cortaro Road, Tucson
1900 W. Valencia Road, Tucson
1555 S. Avenue B, Yuma