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With 135 new positive coronavirus tests, Arizona crosses 5,000-case mark

PHOENIX — Four days after recording its 4,000th positive test for coronavirus, Arizona crossed the 5,000-case mark Monday morning, according to the state health department.

The state’s latest report included 135 new cases and three additional deaths.

Arizona now has 5,064 positive tests for COVID-19 and 187 deaths, with 54,500 tests 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 4,929 cases and 184 deaths, with 52,990 tests given, on Sunday morning.

Twenty-one states crossed the 5,000-mark before Arizona, according to Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 tracking. According to 2019 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, Arizona is the 14th-largest state by population.

On Thursday morning, Arizona became the 23rd state to reach 4,000 cases. It took the state seven days to go from 3,000 cases, a mark hit April 9, to 4,000 cases.

The number of cases in Maricopa County, the state’s most-populous and hardest-hit county, increased by 47 to 2,636 on Monday, according to the state report.

The Phoenix-area death total remained unchanged at 75. Of Maricopa County’s cases, 18% of patients have required hospitalization and 6% were admitted to an intensive care unit.

Testing for COVID-19 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.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 37,202 deaths from more than 720,000 COVID-19 cases as of Sunday’s daily U.S. update.

According to data compiled and regularly updated by Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 2.4 million cases and over 166,000 deaths globally as of Monday morning.

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