COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park top 1,020; 47 new cases reported

Posted 11/6/20

The number of COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park jumped from 976 to 1,023 Friday, Nov. 6, with 47 new cases, compared to 33 new cases last week.

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COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park top 1,020; 47 new cases reported


The number of COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park 85340 jumped from 976 to 1,023 Friday, Nov. 6, with 47 new cases, compared to 33 new cases last week.

According to Arizona Department of Health Services  data, that represents a 4.81% increase over last Friday.

The ZIP code includes the city of Litchfield Park and unincorporated Maricopa County. The state does not separate cases by incorporated and unincorporated areas.

READ: Arizona tops 250,000 COVID-19 cases, 6,000 deaths, renewing safety calls

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

Litchfield Park 85340

Cases as of Oct. 30: 976
Cases as of Oct. 31: 981
Cases as of Nov. 1: 992
Cases as of Nov. 2: 993
Cases as of Nov. 3: 1,002
Cases as of Nov. 4: 1,004
Cases as of Nov. 5: 1,020
Cases as of Nov. 6: 1,023

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 Thursday, Nov. 5, the dashboard categorized Maricopa County’s community transmission as Moderate, based on data collected Oct. 11 and Oct. 18:

Cases per 100,000 people: 115 Oct. 18 / 84 Oct. 11
Test positivity: 6.4% Oct. 18 / 5.5% Oct. 11
COVID-like hospitalizations: 3.3% Oct. 18 / 3.0% Oct. 11

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 centers, 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

Maricopa County overview

As of Nov. 6, the state reported the following in Maricopa County:

Countywide cases: 164,269 (157,728 last Friday); 1,311 new from the previous day (992 new last Friday)
Rate of cases per 100,000 people: 3,760.91 (3,611.1 last Friday)
Deaths: 3,682 (3,577 last Friday); 10 new since the previous day (11 new last Friday)
Fatality rate per 100,000 people: 84.30 (81.89 last Friday)
Number of tests conducted: 1,305,757 (1,252,474 last Friday); 10,274 new from the previous day (8,983 new last Friday)
Test positivity: 10.6% (10.7% 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.