Arizona has joined a handful of states in the U.S. reporting over 100,000 cases of COVID-19.
As of Monday morning, the Arizona Department of Health Services reports 101,441 cases and 1,810 deaths of the novel coronavirus, up 3,352 and one from Sunday, respectively.
The Grand Canyon State is one of eight states with over 100,000 cases. Arizona is the 14th most populous state in the nation.
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health reports 64,686 cases and 843 deaths in Arizona’s most populous county.
Maricopa County shows a case rate of 1,447 cases per 100,000 people. The state averagerep is 1,394.
According to AZDHS, over 62,000 of the 101,441 reported cases are in people younger than 44.
The nationwide percentage of positive tests is at 9% to date, with 13.4% COVID-19 positive PCR tests to date in Arizona, the department stated. COVID-19 hospitalizations have also increased, with more than 3,200 COVID-19 inpatients and over 800 ICU patients currently reported in Arizona hospitals.
According to AZDHS, 11,831 hospitalized cases have been discharged as of Sunday.
“Similar to several other states around the nation, we continue to see rising numbers of cases and hospitalizations in Arizona,” Dr. Cara Christ, director of AZDHS, stated in a release. “It’s important for Arizonans to understand that COVID-19 is widespread and circulating in our community, especially in our 20 to 44 year olds. We urge every Arizonan to follow Governor Ducey’s executive orders to contain the spread and take simple precautions, such as wearing a face-covering when out in public and avoiding gatherings of people, to prevent the further transmission of COVID-19.”
On June 29, Gov. Doug Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-43, Pausing Arizona’s Reopening, putting several mitigation measures in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19, including:
Prohibiting public organized events of 50 or more people;
Ceasing the issuance of series 15 special event liquor licenses through July 27;
Pausing the operations of high-risk environments including bars, indoor gyms, indoor movie theaters, water parks, and tubing operators until at least July 27; and
Preventing groups of 10 or more from congregating at pools.
In addition to the actions in the Executive Order, Mr. Ducey reminded Arizonans that they are safer at home and there are simple steps every Arizonan can take to slow the spread of COVID-19:
If you believe you have been exposed to or infected with COVID-19, stay home unless you are seeking medical care. Arizonans can find COVID-19 testing locations at azhealth.gov/COVID19testing.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and death.