COVID-19 PANDEMIC

COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park top 900 as weekly uptick drops

Independent Newsmedia
Posted 10/16/20

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the number of COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park 85340 was 904 as of Friday, Oct. 16, a 3.080% increase over last Friday and 0.89% increase over Thursday. That represents an increase of 27 new cases over the week and eight cases overnight.

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COVID-19 PANDEMIC

COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park top 900 as weekly uptick drops

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The Arizona Department of Health Services reported the number of COVID-19 cases in Litchfield Park 85340 was 904 as of Friday, Oct. 16, a 3.080% increase over last Friday and 0.89% increase over Thursday. That represents an increase of 27 new cases over the week and eight cases overnight.

The week ending Oct. 9 saw 43 new cases, the largest weekly spike in new cases since the week ending Sept. 26, when six new cases were reported. The number of new cases reported the week ending Oct. 2 was 13.

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

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. 9: 877
Cases as of Oct. 10: 882
Cases as of Oct. 11: 883
Cases as of Oct. 12: 881
Cases as of Oct. 13: 885
Cases as of Oct. 14: 886
Cases as of Oct. 15: 896
Cases as of Oct. 16: 904

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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