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Arizona reports 6 new COVID-19 coronavirus cases, pushing total to 18

Mar 16, 2020, 9:19 AM | Updated: 12:45 pm
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(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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PHOENIX – Arizona reported six new cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus Monday morning, pushing the state total to 18 since the start of the outbreak.

The Arizona Department of Health Services hadn’t updated the testing numbers on its website since Saturday morning, when the total was 12.

A 13th case was reported by Pima County on Sunday, but that wasn’t reflected in the AZDHS total until Monday.

The latest figures show eight cases in Maricopa County, an increase of four since the last report.

The Tucson area now has four cases, including the one reported by Pima County on Sunday, two more than the last state report Saturday morning.

Pinal County has reported five cases, all in one household, and Graham County has one.

Of the state’s total, 12 cases were diagnosed in state labs and six in commercial labs.

Two hundred tests have been given in state labs, with results pending for 63 of them. Those figures don’t include tests done by private labs, which haven’t been reported.

The total of positive tests, however, does include private lab results.

Monday morning, the AZDHS website had removed the statistics for tests given and pending, but those numbers were restored with the disclaimer that they included only state lab activity.

There have been no deaths from the virus reported in Arizona.

Maricopa County Public Health said the Phoenix area’s new cases are a man in his 20s, a woman in her 70s and a man in his 80s, all of whom are recovering in isolation at home, and a man in his 80s who is hospitalized.

Pima County said its newest case has been hospitalized since symptoms began but provided no other details about the patient. The Pima County case reported Sunday was described as an older adult who is recovering in a hospital.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 3,487 cases and 68 deaths nationwide on Monday.

The World Health Organization reported more than 168,000 cases and 6,600 deaths worldwide.

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