Case Count Surpasses 180,000
With 1,008 new cases reported today, August 4, Arizona’s total COVID-19 case count has risen to 180,505, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. This is an 8.8 percent increase in cases since last Tuesday.
Death Toll at 3,845
The ADHS reported 66 new COVID-19 deaths today, bringing the total to 3,845. Nearly 450 deaths have been reported since last week. People aged 65 and older remain the most affected, at 72.1 percent of Arizona’s total COVID-19 deaths.
As of this week, the ADHS reports over 1.2 million completed COVID-19 tests. The 1,203,463 tests are made up of PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and serology tests. The positivity rate in Arizona is currently 12.6 percent of all tests, with PCR tests – which look for the presence of the virus in the body – at 14.4 percent positivity and serology, or antibody tests, at 5.3 percent positivity.
At his COVID-19 update last Thursday, July 30, Governor Ducey stated that both COVID-19 hospitalizations and positivity rates have recently shown a downward trend. “This is not a victory lap, this is not a celebration,” he said. “If anything, it’s evidence that the decisions and the sacrifices that Arizonans are making are working. They are protecting lives and they are protecting livelihoods in our state.” Governor Ducey also said that precautions such as physical distancing, hand washing, staying at home when sick and wearing masks are all making a difference. “We’ve got 90 percent of the state wearing a mask today,” he said. “I want to thank everyone for doing their part on that today.”