Arizona tops 12,600 cases, 620 deaths of COVID-19


Arizona has added nearly 500 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday morning, according to the state Department of Health Services.

AZDHS is reporting 12,674 cases and 624 deaths of the coronavirus in Arizona, up 498 and 30 from Wednesday, respectively.

The percent of positive tests is 6.3%, with over 175,000 tests conducted, AZDHS reports.

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health is reporting 6,199 cases and 286 deaths, despite the state showing 400 more cases in Arizona's most populous county. The counts may vary depending on the time of day the data was downloaded.

In Maricopa County, 150 long-term care facilities are reporting 1,071 combined cases among residents, with 234 hospitalizations and 203 deaths. Staff combine for 496 cases, 25 hospitalizations and two deaths.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

Arizona is under a stay-at-home order through the end of Friday. Various businesses, to include gyms, pools, spas and retailers have been allowed to resume operations. Restaurants are also able to allow dine-in along with physical distancing restrictions.

CVS Health has announced it will open 10 new test sites in Arizona starting Friday, May 15. Registration is required.