Valley Coronavirus Update: June 5

Alyssa FuentesJune 5, 2020
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Coronavirus Cases Surpass 24,000
With 1,579 new cases reported today by the Arizona Department of Health Services, the amount of positive COVID-19 cases in Arizona has reached 24,332. Maricopa County has the most positive cases in the state, making up 49.7 percent of total cases.

Death Toll Hits 1,000
The ADHS reported 16 new COVID-19 deaths today, bringing the total up to 1,012. People aged 65 and older make up 77.3 percent of these deaths.

Coronavirus Testing
As of today, the ADHS reports that 370,255 COVID-19 tests have been completed. According to information from the department’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard, testing increased greatly throughout the month of May.

This Week’s Increase
Since Monday, June 1, positive COVID-19 cases in Arizona reported by the ADHS have increased by 20.9 percent. Dr. Cara Christ, Director of the AZDHS, said yesterday, June 4, in a conference held with Governor Ducey that this significant increase in reported cases was expected, due to increased testing and recent moves to reopen the state. “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.”

Going Forward
Dr. Christ made recommendations yesterday for maintaining public health, 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, in his update yesterday, 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.

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