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Arizona health officials discourage large gatherings for Fourth of July

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PHOENIX – Arizona health officials are encouraging people to celebrate at home for the Fourth of July holiday and discouraged hosting large parties.

In a press conference Monday, Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ and Gov. Doug Ducey urged people to stay home for the holiday weekend.

“We know that a lot of people like to get together for the Fourth of July and celebrate,” Christ said.

“What we are asking this weekend is that you celebrate Independence Day with your immediate household or daily contacts”

The new orders also put a ban on gatherings of more than 50 people.

The guidance for the holiday includes staying outside when possible, physically distancing and wearing a mask.

Health officials are also reminding the public to stay hydrated.

Ducey on Monday implemented orders that closed bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, gyms, water parks and tubing for at least 30 days to mitigate the spread of the virus.

The state had reported four consecutive days of at least 3,000 cases, but the Arizona Department of Health Services said its Monday morning COVID-19 report was incomplete because a lab partner did not meet the daily data submission deadline.

Monday’s incomplete daily report showed just 625 new coronavirus cases with no new deaths, putting the state’s documented totals at 74,533 cases and 1,588 deaths.

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