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Arizona reports 18 new coronavirus deaths, pushing total above 700

Jason Nichols, facilities operation manager at Life Time, disinfects equipment at the Life Time Biltmore as it opens for business after being closed due to the coronavirus Monday, May 18, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — The Arizona health department reported 18 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday morning and 396 additional cases of the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

The state’s documented total of COVID-19 cases increased to 14,566, and the death count reached 704.

More than 220,000 combined tests for active coronavirus infections (PCR testing) and antibodies (serology testing) have been given in Arizona. Of those that have been processed, 5.9% have come back positive, continuing a downward trend.

A week ago, the total positive rate was 6.5%. It was 6% on Monday morning.

More than 161,000 of the tests, including 5,098 reported Tuesday morning, have been for coronavirus infections, with a 6.9% positive rate.

Of the over 59,000 antibody tests given, including 2,730 added in the latest report, the positive rate is 3.1%.

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 Monday morning, the totals were 14,170 cases and 686 deaths.

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 outcomes, 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 89,407 deaths from nearly 1.5 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 4.8 million cases and 319,000 deaths globally as of Tuesday morning.

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