Arizona Reports 933 Additional Virus Cases, 69 More Deaths

August 17, 2020

Arizona has reported 933 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 69 more deaths, increasing the state’s totals to 192,654 cases and 4,492 deaths.

The latest COVID-19-related hospitalization metrics posted Saturday by the state Department of Health Services were at levels last seen in early June.

According to Johns Hopkins University data analyzed by The Associated Press, seven-day rolling averages of daily new cases in Arizona and of daily deaths in the state sharply declined over the past two weeks.

COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Arizona peaked about a month ago following Gov. Doug Ducey’s lifting of stay-home orders orders in May.

With Arizona then becoming a national hot spot, Ducey in late June re-imposed some restrictions and allowed local governments to impose masking requirements.

The Navajo Nation, which sprawls across New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, reported 11 new cases Saturday and no new deaths. The huge reservation has a total of 9,423 cases and 478 deaths.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested. Studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

For most people, the new 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, including pneumonia, and death.

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