COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Goodyear COVID cases up slightly; county still in moderate phase

Posted 9/11/20

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the number of COVID-19 cases in Goodyear’s 85338 and 85395 ZIP codes was 2,738 as of Friday, Sept. 11, a 1.29% increase over last Friday and a …

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Goodyear COVID cases up slightly; county still in moderate phase

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The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the number of COVID-19 cases in Goodyear’s 85338 and 85395 ZIP codes was 2,738 as of Friday, Sept. 11, a 1.29% increase over last Friday and a 0.15% increase over Thursday. That represents an increase of 35 new cases over the week and four cases overnight.

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

 Goodyear total

Cases as of Sept. 4: 2,703
Cases as of Sept. 5: 2,707
Cases as of Sept. 6: 2,708
Cases as of Sept. 7: 2,708
Cases as of Sept. 8 2,712
Cases as of Sept. 9: Missing
Cases as of Sept. 10: 2,734
Cases as of Sept. 11: 2,738

85338 ZIP code

Cases as of Sept. 4: 1,764
Cases as of Sept. 5: 1,766
Cases as of Sept. 6: 1,767
Cases as of Sept. 7: 1,767
Cases as of Sept. 8 1,770
Cases as of Sept. 9: Missing
Cases as of Sept. 10: 1,778
Cases as of Sept. 11: 1,780

85395 ZIP code

Cases as of Sept. 5: 941
Cases as of Sept. 6: 941
Cases as of Sept. 7: 941
Cases as of Sept. 8 942
Cases as of Sept. 9: Missing
Cases as of Sept. 10: 956
Cases as of Sept. 11: 958

To see full numbers across the state, click here.

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 Sept. 10, the dashboard categorized Maricopa County’s community transmission as moderate, based on data collected Aug. 16 and 23:

Cases per 100,000 people: 51 Aug. 23 / 43 Aug. 16
Test positivity: 5.2% Aug. 23 / 5.0% Aug. 16
COVID-like hospitalizations: 2.6% Aug. 23 / 3.1% Aug. 16

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%.

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

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Maricopa County overview

As of Sept. 11, the state reported the following in Maricopa County:

Countywide cases: 136,887; 316 new from the previous day
Rate of cases per 100,000 people: 3,134.0
Deaths: 3,140; seven new since the prevous day
Fatality rate per 100,000 people: 71.89
Number of tests conducted: 950,170; 4,408 new from the previous day
Test positivity: 12.3%

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.

Kelly O’Sullivan can be reached at kosullivan@newszap.com or 760-963-1697.

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