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Arizona coronavirus cases at 1,289 as death toll rises to 24

A woman wearing a face mask rides an escalator in downtown Phoenix on March 26, 2020. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Arizona now has 1,289 cases of COVID-19, and the disease caused by the new coronavirus claimed four more lives, the state health department reported Tuesday morning.

The case total went up 132 in the past day as the death toll rose to 24.

The state health department has been providing daily case and testing updates on its website each morning.

There were 1,157 cases and 20 deaths reported Monday morning.

Maricopa County had 98 of Arizona’s new cases Tuesday and three of the state’s new deaths. Metro Phoenix now has 788 positive tests, according to the state report. The Maricopa County Public Health website, which has slightly different totals than the state because of the timing of reports, lists eight fatalities.

Pima County in southern Arizona, with 202, is the only other county in triple digits. Navajo County in the northeastern part of the state, which has experienced an outbreak on Navajo Nation territory, is next at 91.

Each of Arizona’s 15 counties has reported at least one positive test.

Private labs and the Arizona public health lab have given a total of 19,371 tests for COVID-19, according to the state. The coronavirus has been detected in about 6% of tests.

The latest data comes a day after two major developments in the state.

On Monday morning, Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced that the state’s district and charter schools would not reopen this school year.

That afternoon, Ducey issued his “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” executive order to combat the spread of COVID-19.

The order, which takes effect Tuesday at 5 p.m. and remains in place at least until April 30, asks Arizona residents to remain in their homes except for essential needs, although the list of “essential services” exempt from the order is lengthy.

Critics, including Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, have argued that Ducey’s definition of essential — including golf courses and hair and nail salons — is too lax and doesn’t do enough to keep the coronavirus from spreading.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 2,860 deaths from more than 163,000 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday.

According to data compiled and constantly updated by Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 800,000 cases and 39,000 deaths globally as of Tuesday morning.

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