The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting over 174,000 cases of as of Friday morning.
In Arizona, there are 174,010 cases and 3,694 deaths of the novel coronavirus, up 3,212 and 68 from Thursday morning, respectively. That equates to a 2.12% 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.
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health reports 116,512 cases and 1,973 deaths in Arizona’s most populous county. State and county numbers differ depending on reporting times.
Maricopa County shows a case rate of 2,615cases per 100,000 residents, using 2019 estimates. The state rate is 2,391. Santa Cruz County has the highest at 5,589 cases per 100,000 residents, while Yuma County has now topped the 5,000 mark as well.
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.
AZDHS has partnered with Arizona State University to launch several testing sites providing free saliva diagnostic testing for COVID-19 in high-need underserved communities around the state.
Testing is available 7 a.m.-noon Saturday at State Farm Stadium in Glendale. Pre-register at www.asubioempportal.pointnclick.com/login_login.aspx using agency code FvCmy1fGe.
Unemployment benefits ending soon
Gov. Doug Ducey said the state won’t make up the money that Arizona unemployed will lose when the $600 a week in extra federal benefits dries up this coming week.
In fact, the governor said that he has no interest in raising the state’s own jobless benefits from the current $240 a week, the second lowest cap in the country. He said that in normal times — meaning before the pandemic — there were plenty of jobs out there for people to find “at any time.”
A more immediate problem faces the approximately 452,000 Arizonans who collected some form of unemployment compensation this past week.
That program expires this week. And Congress has yet to approve either an extension or, if nothing else, some scaled-back plan.