Arizona tops 74,000 cases of COVID-19

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Arizona health officials say the latest COVID-19 numbers in the state are not reflective of the total as of Monday morning after one of the labs did not submit their daily report in time.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reports 74,533 cases and 1,588 deaths of the novel coronavirus, up 625 and zero from Sunday, respectively.

In a series of tweets, the department said the data Monday morning does not reflect all new cases.

“One of our lab partners did not submit their daily report in time. We apologize for the inconvenience,” AZDHS stated. “We are working with the partner to get this issue resolved. Tomorrow’s dashboard will reflect this data, as well as data reported to the department today. This may result in an increase in reported new cases that is larger than would be expected.”

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health reports 44,930 cases and 712 deaths in Arizona’s most populous county.

The numbers of cases per 100,000 residents in the state is 1,024 as of Monday, using 2019 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. Maricopa County is below that at 1,007, the closest the county has been to the state rate in weeks. Santa Cruz County is at 3,693 cases per 100,000 residents, the highest in the state. Navajo and Apache counties, which include parts of the Navajo Nation, are at 3,218 and 3,212 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.

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