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Arizona reports 233 new coronavirus cases, 6 additional deaths

In this photo taken Sunday, April 5, 2020, laboratory technician Irene Ooko prepares nasal swabs to be tested for the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19, at the Pathologists Lancet Kenya laboratory in Nairobi, Kenya. (AP Photo/Brian Inganga)

PHOENIX — The Arizona health department reported 233 new cases of coronavirus Monday morning with six additional deaths.

The state’s documented total of COVID-19 cases increased to 14,170, and the death toll reached 686.

More than 212,000 combined tests for the virus (PCR testing) and for antibodies (serology testing) have been given in Arizona. Of those that have been processed, 6% have come back positive, continuing a steady downward trend.

A week ago, the total positive rate was 6.7%. It was 6.1% on Sunday morning.

More than 150,000 of the tests, including 4,712 added Monday morning, have been for the virus, with a 7.0% positive rate.

Of the over 56,000 antibody tests given, including 5,066 reported Monday, the positive rate is 3.2%.

The Arizona Department of Health Services has been providing case and testing updates on its website each morning. The dashboard includes, among other information, testing trends, current hospital capacity and 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, when just one new death was reported, the totals were 13,937 cases and 680 deaths.

As of Saturday, most businesses in Arizona had been permitted to resume operations if they chose to after many were closed for over a month. Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay-at-home order restricting businesses deemed nonessential expired at 11:59 p.m. Friday.

Bars that don’t serve food, concerts and sporting events with fans are among the entities that can’t yet start back up.

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 88,709 deaths from nearly 1.5 million 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 4.7 million cases and 315,000 deaths globally as of Monday morning.

For all articles, information and updates on the coronavirus from KTAR News, visit ktar.com/coronavirus.

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