Valley Coronavirus Update: June 4

Alyssa FuentesJune 4, 2020
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530 New Coronavirus Cases Reported Today
The Arizona Department of Health Services reported an additional 530 COVID-19 cases today, bringing the total up to 22,753. Of this total, 49.4 percent have been reported in Maricopa County.

Death Toll Nears 1,000
As of today, June 4, the ADHS reported an additional 15 deaths. The COVID-19 death toll in Arizona is now at 996. People aged 65 and older make up 77.4 percent of these deaths.

Updates from Governor Ducey
In an update on COVID-19 today, Governor Ducey said that “we will continue on the path to be calm and steady” while focusing on protecting public health and making data-informed decisions. He mentioned that officials are looking for downward trajectories in both influenza-like illnesses and COVID-like cases reported within a 14-day period. Dr. Cara Christ, Director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, also spoke about COVID-19, stating that the recent significant increase in reported cases was expected due to both increased testing and moves to reopen. “As we know, COVID-19 is still in the community,” she said. “As people come back together, we know that there is going to be transmission of COVID-19.”

Christ also made some recommendations, asking that people continue to practice good hygiene by washing their hands and avoiding touching their faces, covering coughs and sneezes and disinfecting frequently used items and surfaces. She also asked that people consider using face coverings while in public, and that they stay home if they feel sick.

Governor Ducey reinforced Arizona’s focuses going forward – gradual and phased in returns, balancing public health, increased testing, continued physical distancing and following recommendations of the CDC and other health officials.

In an update on schools, he said that when it comes to reopening, the state will make recommendations while also providing flexibility to school leaders. Guidelines and recommendations have already been included in the Arizona Department of Education’s recently released Roadmap to Reopening Schools.

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