Arizona reports 261 new coronavirus cases with 6 additional deaths
PHOENIX — On a day Arizona took another step toward reopening its economy, state health officials reported 261 new positive tests for the coronavirus and six additional deaths Monday morning.
That brings the reported state totals to 11,380 cases and 542 fatalities after the second consecutive day with single-digit new deaths.
There have been 116,464 tests given for COVID-19, an increase of 6,087 from the previous day. The reported percentage of processed tests coming back positive fell to 7.7% from 7.9% in the past day.
The Arizona Department of Health Services has been providing case and testing updates on its website each morning. The dashboard includes, among other information, details about deaths from COVID-19 and hospital capacity plus a ZIP code map of cases.
The daily reports present data after the state receives statistics and compiles them, which can lag by several days. They aren’t meant to represent the actual activity over the past 24 hours.
On Sunday morning, the department reported 11,119 cases and 536 deaths with 110,377 tests given.
The state on Monday also reported 6,415 new tests for coronavirus antibodies, which indicate recovery from a past infection, bringing the total to 33,777. Of those, 3.3% have come back positive.
Combining tests for the virus and for antibodies, 150,241 Arizonans have been tested, with a 6.7% positive rate.
Arizona’s testing totals have surged in recent weeks. The state was ranked last in the nation in tests given per capita as recently as Wednesday, according to Johns Hopkins University, but is now ranked 40th (including the District of Columbia).
Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home executive order, which first went into effect March 31, is set to expire Friday, but he’s already modified it to allow businesses following guidelines to resume certain activity.
Restaurants, which had been limited to delivery and takeout service, have the green light to make dine-in service available Monday with social distancing and other safety measures in place.
Last week, retail stores, hair salons and barbershops were permitted to reopen their doors.
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.
In most cases, a positive test won’t change a patient’s treatment plan.
Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 79,756 deaths from more than 1.3 million COVID-19 cases as of Monday’s daily U.S. update.
According to data compiled and regularly updated by Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 4.1 million cases and over 285,000 deaths globally as of Monday afternoon.
We want to hear from you.
Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.