Arizona reports 233 new virus cases, 6 more known deaths

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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials are reporting six more known deaths from the coronavirus outbreak with 233 new cases of COVID-19.

The number of cases statewide as of early Monday has increased to 14,170 with the number of coronavirus deaths now at 686.

The latest numbers come the weekend after the Arizona Department of Health Services began a two-week extension of a "testing blitz" for COVID-19. The extension started on Saturday with more than 70 sites in at least nine counties participating in the weekend event.

The department said testing was being made available for anyone who thinks they have been exposed and could be infected based on criteria set by each testing site.

The Navajo Nation, which sprawls over parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, reported 90 new cases of coronavirus Sunday, bringing the total number of cases on the huge reservation to 4,002. The total number of deaths as of Sunday was 140.

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.

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