Valley Coronavirus Update: July 7

Alyssa FuentesJuly 7, 2020
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Case Count Surpasses 100,000
This week, Arizona’s COVID-19 case count surpassed 100,000. At 105,094 total reported cases as of today, July 7, Arizona has seen a 422 percent increase in cases since June 1. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, 3,653 new cases were reported today, and Maricopa County remains the county with the most reported cases.

Death Toll Nears 2,000
The ADHS reported 117 new COVID-19 deaths today, bringing the total to 1,927. 1,411, or 73 percent, of Arizona’s COVID-19 deaths are people aged 65 and older.

Arizona Has Highest Percentage of Positive Cases in the Country
One in four tests in Arizona are coming back positive, the highest percentage in the U.S. There is currently not enough testing to keep up with the virus’ spread throughout the state.

Coronavirus Testing
As of today, 811,870 COVID-19 tests have been completed in Arizona, according to the ADHS. These tests include both PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests, which test for the presence of the virus in one’s system, and serology tests, which test for antibodies in the system. So far, Arizona’s total COVID-19 test positivity rate is 11.3 percent, but the positivity rate for PCR tests is at 13.6 percent.

The Masked Portrait Project
A new initiative to celebrate wearing masks and following health and safety guidelines during the pandemic has hit social media. Tempe photographer Emily Vance started The Masked Portrait project to convey the compassion and kindness that comes with wearing a mask to help keep others healthy. The project includes portraits of people wearing their masks, posted on social media or taken by Vance herself, with proceeds going to the Navajo COVID-19 relief fund. “I am a major supporter of wearing masks to protect others and I believe that doing so, even when it is hot and uncomfortable, is a way to show kindness, compassion, and love,” she said in a statement to the City of Tempe. To view portraits from The Masked Portrait Project, visit emilyvance.com/themaskedportraitproject, facebook.com/groups/maskedup or look for #TheMaskedPortraitProject on Instagram.

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