ARIZONA NEWS

Arizona COVID-19 dashboards stable, but changes could be coming

Nov 19, 2020, 4:00 PM | Updated: 6:47 pm

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)...

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX – COVID-19 is spreading at an alarming rate across Arizona, but not enough to affect how counties are classified in the state’s school and business dashboards.

But the status quo might not last much longer if coronavirus metrics continue trending in the wrong direction, according to Dr. Cara Christ, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services.

“So we will start to see counties that are heading into having more of the substantial metrics,” Christ told KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show on Thursday morning, shortly before the weekly dashboard update was posted.

The dashboards for schools and businesses are based on three metrics that gauge how widespread the disease is in each county.

The business benchmarks are state requirements that must be followed by establishments previously closed under Gov. Doug Ducey’s June executive order: indoor gyms, bars operating as restaurants, theaters, water parks and tubing venues.

The schools benchmarks were designed as guidance for K-12 districts in their decisions about opening levels. Districts, however, have the final say in whether they offer virtual, hybrid or traditional learning formats.

Benchmarks in all three metrics had to be reached for at least two consecutive weeks for counties to enter the opening stage for businesses and the hybrid or traditional learning recommendation levels for schools.

Levels for business openings and hybrid or traditional learning were attained in all 15 counties by Oct. 1.

No statuses have changed since then.

“It does require all three metrics to be in a category to move back to that category, so you won’t see any changes right now with where the counties are,” Christ said.

“But they are heading in the wrong direction, and in the next few weeks we could start to see some shift.”

The dashboards are updated each Thursday with data at least 12 days old to account for lags in reporting, ensuring that assessments are based on accurate statistics. The latest update covers the weeks starting Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 (through Nov. 7).

Every county was above 100 cases per 100,000 residents, the threshold for the substantial stage, for at least the most recent week of data.

Ten counties have been in the substantial stage for at least two weeks in at least one metric, with four (Yuma, Santa Cruz, Navajo and Graham) at substantial in two metrics.

The metric for regional percentage of hospital visits for COVID-like illnesses has been sitting in the minimal range for every county since the dashboards were launched in August.

That metric ticked up to the bottom of the moderate range for the northern region counties – Yavapai, Coconino, Apache and Navajo — in the most recent week of data.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

A man from Tucson was sentenced to nearly three years in prison for his part in a drug trafficking ...

KTAR.com

Arizona man sentenced to nearly 3 years in prison for trafficking drugs across border

A man from Tucson was sentenced to 33 months in prison for delivering drugs across the border, authorities announced Friday.

19 minutes ago

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff gets on Tempe streetcar during a visit to the Valley on Friday. (City ...

Damon Allred

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff advocates for transit investment, rides Tempe streetcar

Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff visited the Valley on Friday and discussed several issues, including public transit in Tempe and Mesa.

1 hour ago

TSMC said it won't consider a joint ownership venture with the United States for its Arizona fabric...

Audrey Jensen/Phoenix Business Journal

Despite geopolitical concerns, TSMC forges ahead with Arizona semiconductor fabs

TSMC increased its revenue expectations amid strong demand for chips without changes to its plans for Arizona.

4 hours ago

A man was sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for sexually abusing a minor. (Pexels photo)...

KTAR.com

Arizona man who sexually abused minor sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison

An Arizona man was sentenced to 235 months in prison for sexually abusing a minor in 2021, authorities announced Friday.

5 hours ago

A road closed sign stands on an Arizona highway while cows walk across the road in the background....

Payne Moses

Northbound I-17 closed due to vehicle crash near Lake Montezuma

The northbound lanes of Interstate 17 were closed near Lake Montezuma due to a vehicle crash, authorities said Friday.

5 hours ago

Stock photo of a police car with lights on at night. Two people were found dead inside a car near D...

KTAR.com

Missing woman was 1 of the 2 people found dead in car in west Phoenix, police say

One of the two people found dead inside a car in west Phoenix earlier this month has been identified as a missing woman.

6 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Sanderson Ford

3 storylines to get you revved up for the 2024 Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals training camp is just a couple weeks away starting on July 25, and Sanderson Ford is revved up and ready to go.

...

Midwestern University

Midwestern University Clinic visits boost student training & community health

Going to a Midwestern University Clinic can help make you feel good in more ways than one.

...

COLLINS COMFORT MASTERS

Here are 5 things Arizona residents need to know about their HVAC system

It's warming back up in the Valley, which means it's time to think about your air conditioning system's preparedness for summer.

Arizona COVID-19 dashboards stable, but changes could be coming