Arizona nears 180,000 cases of coronavirus

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Posted 8/3/20

The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting over 179,000 cases of as of Monday morning.

In Arizona, there are 179,497 cases and 3,779 deaths of the novel coronavirus, up 1,030 and 14 …

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Arizona nears 180,000 cases of coronavirus

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The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting over 179,000 cases of as of Monday morning.

In Arizona, there are 179,497 cases and 3,779 deaths of the novel coronavirus, up 1,030 and 14 from Sunday morning, respectively. That equates to a 2.11% death rate of confirmed cases in the state.

The number of cases could be far higher because many people have not been tested, and some can be infected without feeling sick. Monday numbers are usually lower than most other days due to testing and reporting times.

Maricopa County shows a case rate of 2,697 cases per 100,000 residents, using 2019 estimates. The state rate is 2,466. Santa Cruz County has the highest at 5,613 cases per 100,000 residents.

In-patient hospitalizations, ventilators in use and intensive care unit occupancy continued to trend downward slightly.

The coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough for most people. The vast majority of people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 recover.

But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness including pneumonia, and death.

Arizona became a national COVID-19 hotspot, with some of the highest U.S. rates of coronavirus infections and hospitalizations, after Gov. Doug Ducey lifted a stay-at-home order in mid-May. He later reimposed some restrictions including gym and bar closures.

A judge is hearing arguments Monday from attorneys for health clubs challenging Mr. Ducey's shutdown order.

Navajo Nation officials are reporting 9,103 and the known death toll to 461 as of Sunday night.

Tribal health officials said 81,665 people have been tested for the coronavirus and 6,736 have recovered.

Late Friday, lawmakers on the Navajo Nation approved a massive spending bill to respond to the coronavirus pandemic that includes money for water projects, power lines, broadband and casino employees who have been laid off.

The Navajo Nation Council passed the nearly $651 million in spending after discussing it for more than 28 hours in a special session over three days.

The money comes from the Navajo Nation's share of $8 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding that was set aside for tribes.

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