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Arizona adds 702 cases, 28 deaths to coronavirus totals

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PHOENIX — The Arizona health department reported 702 new coronavirus cases and 28 additional deaths Friday morning.

The state’s documented total of cases increased to 18,465, and the death count reached 885.

It was the highest number of cases for a daily state report, although it doesn’t represent the actual activity over the past 24 hours.

The daily reports present data after the state health department receives statistics and compiles them, which can lag by several days.

More than 297,000 combined tests for active COVID-19 infections (PCR testing) and antibodies (serology testing) have been given in Arizona, including 9,890 added to the total Friday. Of those that have been processed, 5.6% have come back positive, up from 5.5% on Thursday morning.

That ended a weekslong stretch where the rate fell or stayed level each day.

A week ago, the total positive rate was 5.7%.

More than 209,000 of the tests, including 6,899 reported Friday morning, have been for the virus (PCR), with a 6.7% positive rate. That rate was 6.6% the previous day and 6.7% one week ago.

For the over 87,000 antibody (serology) tests given, including 2,991 added in the latest report, the positive rate dropped to 2.9%. It had been 3% for the last week.

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.

On Thursday morning, the totals were 17,763 cases and 857 deaths.

Gov. Doug Ducey on Thursday afternoon announced that youth sports and other organized activities for kids can resume.

He also said Arizona students would return to the classroom at the start of the next academic year.

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 101,711 deaths from more than 1.7 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 nearly 5.9 million cases and more than 363,000 deaths globally as of Friday morning.

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

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