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Coronavirus deaths reach 800 in Arizona, 300 new cases

May 24, 2020, 9:05 AM
In this May 20, 2020, file photo, Salt Lake County Health Department public health nurse Lee Cherie...
In this May 20, 2020, file photo, Salt Lake County Health Department public health nurse Lee Cherie Booth performs a coronavirus test outside the Salt Lake County Health Department in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PHOENIX — Arizona’s coronavirus death toll has now reached 800.

The state health department reported 300 new coronavirus cases Sunday morning and one additional death.

The total number of cases statewide has reached 16,339.

More than 6,800 combined tests for active COVID-19 infections (PCR testing) and antibodies (serology testing) were added to the total on Sunday, as 260,660 tests have now been given in Arizona.

⁣Of those that have been processed, 5.6% have come back positive, continuing a downward trend.

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 occurred 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 96,002 deaths from more than 1.59 million COVID-19 cases as of Saturday’s daily U.S. update.

According to data compiled and regularly updated by Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 5.33 million cases and 341,000 deaths globally as of Sunday morning.

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