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With 418 new coronavirus cases, Arizona surpasses 15,000 mark

Kansas National Guard member Roy Manns, from Topeka, Kan., loads a sample into an Abbott COVID-19 testing machine at a drive-thru testing site Wednesday, May 20, 2020 in Dodge City, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

PHOENIX — Arizona’s reported total of coronavirus cases has climbed above 15,000.

The Arizona health department reported 418 new COVID-19 cases Thursday morning and 16 more deaths.

The state’s documented total of cases increased to 15,315, and the death count reached 763.

More than 237,000 combined tests for active COVID-19 infections (PCR testing) and antibodies (serology testing) have been given in Arizona. Of those that have been processed, 5.8% have come back positive, unchanged from the previous morning.

A week ago, the total positive rate was 6.3%.

More than 171,000 of the tests, including 6,192 reported Thursday morning, have been for coronavirus infections, with a 6.8% positive rate. That rate was 6.9% a day earlier.

Of the over 65,000 antibody tests given, including 4,126 added in the latest report, the positive rate is 3.1%, holding steady from a day earlier.

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, updated 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 Wednesday morning, the totals were 14,897 cases and 747 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 93,061 deaths from more than 1.55 million COVID-19 cases as of Thursday’s daily U.S. update.

According to data compiled and regularly updated by Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 5 million cases and 331,000 deaths globally as of Thursday afternoon.

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

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