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Arizona reports 273 additional coronavirus cases with 19 more deaths

Apr 17, 2020, 9:03 AM | Updated: 3:06 pm
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Gates to a children's playground area are closed at Anthem Community Council Park on April 3, 2020 in Anthem, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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PHOENIX – The number of positive tests for coronavirus in Arizona increased by 273, with 19 additional deaths, in the past day, the state health department reported Friday morning.

That increased the state’s totals to 4,507 cases and 169 deaths with 49,230 tests having been given.

The Arizona Department of Health Services has been providing daily case and testing updates on its website each morning. The report was recently expanded to include additional details about deaths and hospital capacity plus a ZIP code map of cases. (Check your ZIP code in the chart below.)

The state reported 4,234 cases and 150 deaths, with 47,398 tests given, on Thursday morning.

The number of cases in Maricopa County, the state’s most-populous and hardest-hit county, increased by 140 to 2,404 on Friday, according to the state report.

The Phoenix-area death total increased by five to 69. Of Maricopa County’s cases, 19% of patients have required hospitalization and 6% were admitted to an intensive care unit.

Testing for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, remains limited because of a national and local supply shortage. Health officials have prioritized at-risk populations, people showing serious symptoms and health care workers for getting tested. In most cases, a positive diagnosis won’t change a patient’s treatment plan.

Coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, 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.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump gave governors a road map for recovering from the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic, laying out “a phased and deliberate approach” to restoring normal activity in places that have strong testing and are seeing a decrease in COVID-19 cases.

“You’re going to call your own shots,” Trump told the governors Thursday afternoon in a conference call, according to an audio recording obtained by The Associated Press. “We’re going to be standing alongside of you.”

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 33,049 deaths from more than 661,000 COVID-19 cases as of Friday’s daily U.S. update.

According to data compiled and regularly updated by Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 2.2 million cases and over 153,000 deaths globally as of Friday afternoon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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