Arizona has surpassed 79,000 cases of coronavirus after the latest update from health officials.
The Arizona Department of Health Services reports 79,215 cases and 1,632 deaths of the novel coronavirus, up 4,682 and 44 from Monday, respectively. These numbers include those that were missing Monday. The AZDHS says over half of the new cases added Tuesday should have been reported Monday.
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health reports 48,710 cases and 734 deaths in Arizona’s most populous county.
The numbers of cases per 100,000 residents in the state is 1,088 as of Monday, using 2019 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Maricopa County is below that at 1,083, the closest the county has been to the state rate in weeks. Santa Cruz County is at 3,809 cases per 100,000 residents, the highest in the state. Navajo and Apache counties, which include parts of the Navajo Nation, are at 3,268 and 3,251 per 100,000 residents, respectively.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.
But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
The Navajo Nation Department of Health is reporting 63 additional cases of coronavirus with no new deaths.
The numbers made public late Monday put the number of positive COVID-19 cases on the reservation at 7,532. The death toll remains at 363.
Reports from a dozen health care facilities on and near the Navajo Nation indicate more than 5,080 people have recovered. More than 54,700 people have been tested so far.
The Navajo Nation stretches into northeastern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico and southeastern Utah and was initially hit hard by the virus.
Navajo President Jonathan Nez noted in a statement that Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was reimposing certain restrictions due to the rise in new COVID-19 cases in that state. In New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has paused plans for reopening more of the economy as state officials there cautiously monitor coronavirus case numbers.
“Here on the Navajo Nation, we certainly don’t want another spike in cases, so we need to stay the course and keep fighting this modern-day monster together,” Mr. Nez said. “It’s a challenge for our Nation to keep flattening the curve when areas around us are seeing spikes in cases, but we are strong and resilient and we will overcome this pandemic eventually.”
Mr. Nez planned to host an online town hall Tuesday to provide updates to the tribe.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.