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Arizona reports 501 new coronavirus cases, 26 more deaths

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PHOENIX — The Arizona health department reported 501 new coronavirus cases and 26 additional deaths Thursday morning.

The state’s documented total of cases increased to 17,763, and the death count reached 857.

More than 287,000 combined tests for active COVID-19 infections (PCR testing) and antibodies (serology testing) have been given in Arizona, including 8,055 added to the total Thursday. Of those that have been processed, 5.5% have come back positive, the same rate reported Wednesday morning.

A week ago, the total positive rate was 5.8%.

More than 202,000 of the tests, including 6,648 reported Thursday morning, have been for the virus (PCR), with a 6.6% positive rate, same as the previous day.

For the over 84,000 antibody (serology) tests given, including 1,407 added in the latest report, the positive rate held steady at 3%.

The positive rate by testing type one week ago was 6.8% 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 Wednesday morning, the totals were 17,262 cases and 831 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 99,031 deaths from more than 1.67 million COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday’s daily U.S. update.

According to data compiled and regularly updated by Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 5.7 million cases and 356,000 deaths globally as of Thursday morning.

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