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Arizona reports 431 new coronavirus cases, 24 additional deaths

A vehicle arrives at COVID-19 testing site at Steele Indian School Park, Saturday, May 23, 2020, in Phoenix. The City of Phoenix and SonoraQuest are hosting a mobile COVID-19 testing blitz for area residents. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX — The Arizona health department reported 431 new coronavirus cases Saturday morning with 24 more deaths.

The number of cases statewide has now reached 16,039, with 799 deaths.

More than 8,300 combined tests for active COVID-19 infections (PCR testing) and antibodies (serology testing) were added to the total on Saturday, as 253,789 tests have now been given in Arizona.

The number of tests that have returned positive remains at 5.7%, continuing a trend that has decreased as of late after being 6.2% a week ago.

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 aren’t meant to represent the actual activity over the past 24 hours, as the data presented comes after the state receives statistics and compiles them. This process can take several days.

The fourth consecutive Arizona Testing Blitz is occurring on Saturday, an effort to test 10,000-20,000 Arizonans for COVID-19 during each blitz day.

Around 30 sites have signed up to take part in testing people with symptoms of the virus or those who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Testing for coronavirus antibodies is not included in the program.

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.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 94,150 deaths from more than 1.57 million COVID-19 cases as of Friday’s daily U.S. update.

According to data compiled and regularly updated by Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 5.2 million cases and 338,000 deaths globally as of Saturday morning.

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

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