Arizona again adds 222 coronavirus cases to total, with 1 new death
PHOENIX — The Arizona health department reported 222 new coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day Tuesday morning, with one additional death.
The state’s documented total of cases increased to 16,783, and the death count reached 807.
More than 273,000 combined tests for active COVID-19 infections (PCR testing) and antibodies (serology testing) have been given in Arizona, including 4,686 added to the total Tuesday. Of those that have been processed, 5.6% have come back positive, the same rate as Monday’s report.
A week ago, the total positive rate was 5.9%.
More than 190,000 of the tests, including 2,949 reported Tuesday morning, have been for the virus (PCR), with a 6.7% positive rate, the same as it was the previous day.
For the over 82,000 antibody (serology) tests given, including 1,737 added in the latest report, the positive rate is 3%, no change from Monday.
The positive rate by testing type one week ago was 6.9% for PCR and 3.1% for serology.
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 Monday morning, the totals were 16,561 cases and 806 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 98,261 deaths from more than 1.66 million COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday’s daily U.S. update.
According to data compiled and regularly updated by Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 5.55 million cases and 348,000 deaths globally as of Tuesday afternoon.