COVID-19 PANDEMIC

31, 51, 68, 87 — that’s how new Goodyear cases have risen weekly since Sept. 25

Total number of cases just under 3,000

Independent Newsmedia
Posted 10/16/20

The number of new weekly cases of COVID-19 reported in Goodyear’s 85338 and 85395 ZIP codes has risen steadily since Sept. 25, when 31 cases were reported over the previous week.

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC

31, 51, 68, 87 — that’s how new Goodyear cases have risen weekly since Sept. 25

Total number of cases just under 3,000

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The number of new weekly cases of COVID-19 reported in Goodyear’s 85338 and 85395 ZIP codes has risen steadily since Sept. 25, when 31 cases were reported over the previous week.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the number of COVID-19 cases in those ZIP codes was 2,976 as of Friday, Oct. 16, a 3.70% increase over last Friday and a 1.25% increase over Thursday. That represents an increase of 87 new cases over the week and 17 cases overnight.

The number of new cases reported in Goodyear during the week ending Oct. 9 was 68 and the number for the week ending Oct. 2 was 51.

The agency said more than 90% of cases were mapped to the address of the patient’s residence:

Goodyear total

Cases as of Oct. 9: 2,889
Cases as of Oct. 10: 2,904
Cases as of Oct. 11: 2,910
Cases as of Oct. 12: 2,919
Cases as of Oct. 13: 2,933
Cases as of Oct. 14: 2,938
Cases as of Oct. 15: 2,959
Cases as of Oct. 16: 2,976

85338 ZIP code

Cases as of Oct. 9: 1,867
Cases as of Oct. 10: 1,874
Cases as of Oct. 11: 1,878
Cases as of Oct. 12: 1,885
Cases as of Oct. 13: 1,892
Cases as of Oct. 14: 1,897
Cases as of Oct. 15: 1,916
Cases as of Oct. 16: 1,924

85395 ZIP code

Cases as of Oct. 9: 1,022
Cases as of Oct. 10: 1,030
Cases as of Oct. 11: 1,032
Cases as of Oct. 12: 1,034
Cases as of Oct. 13: 1,041
Cases as of Oct. 14: 1,041
Cases as of Oct. 15: 1,043
Cases as of Oct. 16: 1,052

To see full numbers across the state, click here.

READ: Arizona’s daily average of virus cases rose in last two weeks

Maricopa County benchmarks data

ADHS tracks the level of community transmission of COVID-19 as part of its three benchmarks for business and school reopenings, updating its benchmarks data dashboard on Thursdays.

The benchmarks — number of cases per 100,000 people, percent positivity of tests and percentage of people hospitalized with COVID-like illnesses — are divided into three categories: substantial, moderate and minimal.

Substantial transmission: more than 100 cases per 100,000 people, 10% or higher test positivity and more than 10% hospitalizations.
Moderate transmission: 10 to 100 cases per 100,000 people, 5% to 10% test positivity and 5% to 10% hospitalizations.
Minimal transmission: Fewer than 10 cases per 100,000 people, less than 5% test positivity and fewer than 5% hospitalizations.

Figures are about 12 days old to allow for lags in reporting, ADHS states on the website. All three benchmarks must be met for 14 days to move from a higher transmission phase to a lower one.

This week’s community transmission: Moderate

As of Thursday, Oct. 15, the dashboard categorized Maricopa County’s community transmission as Moderate, based on data collected Sept. 20 and 27:

Cases per 100,000 people: 52 Sept. 27 / 48 Sept. 20
Test positivity: 3.9% Sept. 27 / 3.8% Sept. 20
COVID-like hospitalizations: 2.4% Sept. 27 / 2.0% Sept. 20

To view the benchmarks dashboard, click here.

Different businesses have different benchmarks for reopening, as do schools.

Benchmarks for businesses

Per ADHS, if community transmission is substantial, bars and nightclubs, gyms and fitness center, water parks and tube operators must remain closed.

If transmission is moderate, bars and nightclubs providing dine-in services, movie theaters, water parks and tube operators can operate at 50% capacity. Gyms and fitness centers can operate at 25% capacity. Bars and nightclubs that do not serve food cannot reopen.

If transmission is minimal, all bars and nightclubs, movie theaters, water parks, tube operators, gyms and fitness centers can operate at 50% capacity if the percent positivity is below 3%.

READ: Litchfield Elementary district moving to in-person learning Oct. 26

Benchmarks for schools

There are two main components for reopening Arizona schools for in-person instruction: quality of the school’s mitigation plan, or how it will minimize the spread of COVID-19; and the degree of community transmission outlined above.

AZDHS recommended that county-specific public health benchmarks fall within the moderate or minimal spread category in all three benchmarks for two weeks to provide hybrid learning (some students in physical buildings and some students distance learning), specifically:

• A two-week decline in the number of cases or two weeks with new case rates below 100 per 100,000 threshold

• Two weeks with less than 7% test positivity

• Two weeks with less than 10% COVID-like illness hospitalizations

Maricopa County overview

As of Oct. 16, the state reported the following in Maricopa County:

Countywide cases: 148,612 (145,298 last Friday); 460 new from the previous day (431 new last Friday)
Rate of cases per 100,000 people: 3,402.4 (3,326.5 last Friday)

Deaths: 3,500 (3,458 last Friday); 11 new since the previous day (four new last Friday)
Fatality rate per 100,000 people: 80.13 (79.17 last Friday)
Number of tests conducted: 1,154,323 (1,112,647 last Friday); 6,069 new from the previous day (8,234 new last Friday)
Test positivity: 11.0% (11.2% last Friday)

To view the data dashboard and statewide information on cases by age, ethnicity and gender; hospital and ventilator usage and availability, and hospital-specific COVID-19 metrics, click here.

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