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Arizona COVID-19 caseload surpasses 5,200; more than 4,000 new cases in 20 days

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VVN graphic/Dan Engler

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Arizona’s first COVID-19 case was confirmed Jan. 26. Sixty-four days later, the Arizona Department of Health Services had confirmed 1,000 cases in the Grand Canyon State.

Since then, on average, Arizona has added another 1,000 cases every four to five days.

Tuesday morning, ADHS reported 5,251 coronavirus cases in Arizona.

ADHS also reported 208 COVID-19 deaths in the state. Twenty-one of those deaths occurred between Monday and Tuesday, the highest single-day death tally since ADHS began COVID-19 documentation.

Demographic breakdown of Arizona cases

Seniors 65 and older face the greatest risk from COVID-19, according to ADHS data. Of the 208 reported deaths in Arizona, 150 have been in the 65-and-older demographic, with 35 deaths reported for those between the ages of 55 and 64.

By gender, women continue to contract the virus in higher numbers than men in Arizona (53%), but more men than women die from COVID-19 (56%).

Location of cases

The largest concentration of cases in Arizona remains in Maricopa County, where ADHS reported 2,738 cases as of Tuesday morning.

Pima County has 963 cases, with the next highest frequency being in Navajo and Coconino counties with 485 and 342 cases, respectively.

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Testing data

The ADHS Tuesday report states 55,152 tests have now been done in Arizona with 8% of those coming back positive.

People between the ages of 20 and 44 have received the most positive test results with 1,928, but the fewest deaths of any other age group with seven.

People 65 and older in Arizona have experienced 1,314 positive tests and account for 72.1% of the state’s COVID-19 deaths.

The Arizona Department of Health Services website now includes detailed information on the ethnicity of coronavirus in Arizona as well as a zip code map that shows the location of confirmed cases.

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Yavapai County

Yavapai County Community Health Services’ Tuesday morning report shows COVID-19 cases continue to hold steady in the county.

YCCHS Tuesday reported 73 confirmed cases, one death and six patients who have recovered from the virus.

YCCHS reports 11 confirmed cases in Sedona, nine in Cottonwood and seven throughout the rest of the Verde Valley.

YCCHS reports more than 2,000 people in Yavapai County have been tested for COVID-19 with 96% of those tests being negative.

Women outpace men by a 43-30 margin for positive COVID-19 tests in Yavapai County, according to YCCHS.

See www.yavapai.us/chs.

Hospital Reports

Tuesday morning, Verde Valley Medical Center in Cottonwood reported a hospital census of 52 patients with eight in critical care. VVMC reports three positive cases of coronavirus with 12 tests pending.

Flagstaff Medical Center reports 39 positive tests with 22 results pending. FMC has admitted 163 patients; 45 of those patients are in critical care.

See nahealth.com/covid-19-resources.

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U.S. and global totals

The most recent estimates of U.S. and global cases of COVID-19 put the U.S. caseload at 800,262 Tuesday morning, with the U.S. death tally at 42,946, the highest of any nation in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The virus is present in all 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to the CDC.

The World Health Organization Friday reported 2.5 million cases worldwide, with 171,810 deaths.

Why Physical Distancing and Masks?

Yavapai Community Health Services reports people get infected with COVID-19 by viral droplets transmitted from an infected person’s cough or sneeze enter through your nose, mouth or eyes — the usual entry points for respiratory viruses.

“Even if they don’t cough or sneeze directly on you, you may get the virus if you touch something an infected person recently touched and then touch your face, nose, mouth or eyes. From there, it travels to the back of your nasal passages and to the mucous membranes in the back of your throat. That’s the place where symptoms — such as a sore throat and dry cough — often start,” according to YCCHS. “Then the virus spreads down the airway passages to the lungs. When the lungs’ membranes become inflamed, it’s harder for them to work properly. In addition to causing problems in the lungs, the virus may also cause nausea, diarrhea or indigestion if it infects cells in the gastrointestinal system. It can take as few as two or as many as 14 days after being exposed to the COVID-19 for the first symptom to develop. The first symptom of COVID-19 is usually a fever. Then come respiratory symptoms, like a dry cough and shortness of breath, that often turn into pneumonia. The worst cases can lead to respiratory failure, which could result in death. Additionally, if you've lost your sense of smell or taste, you could be a ‘hidden carrier’ of the coronavirus.”

COVID-19 confirmed cases in Arizona

April 21 5,251 cases

April 20 5,064 cases


April 19 4,929 cases

April 18 4,719 cases

April 17 4,507 cases

April 16 4,234 cases

April 15 3,962 cases

April 14 3,806 cases

April 13 3,702 cases

April 12 3,539 cases

April 11 3,393 cases

April 10 3,112 cases

April 9 3,018 cases

April 8 2,726 cases

April 7 2,575 cases

April 6 2,456 cases

April 5 2,269 cases

April 4 2,019 cases

April 3 1,769 cases

April 2 1,598 cases

April 1 1,413 cases

March 31 1,289 cases

March 30 1,157 cases

March 29 919 cases

March 28 773 cases

March 27 665 cases

March 26 508 cases

March 25 401 cases

March 24 326 cases

March 23 235 cases

March 21 106 cases

March 20 63 cases

March 19 44 cases

Jan. 26 First Arizona case reported

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