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Arizona cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, now exceed 3,000, with 89 known deaths, according to new numbers released Thursday by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
The total identified cases in Arizona are 3,018, according to the most recent state figures. That's an increase of 292 confirmed cases, or 11%, since Wednesday when the state reportedand 80 deaths. That's a higher daily percent increase than recent days.
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Maricopa County's confirmed cases now approach 1,700. All of Arizona's 15 counties have at least one recorded case.
The number of Arizona cases likely is much higher than official numbers suggest. People have reported trouble getting tested, as health professionals confront confusion over who to test and face a lack of testing supplies.
As of Thursday morning, Maricopa County recorded 39 deaths related to COVID-19. Pima County had 16 known deaths, Coconino had 15, Pinal and Mohave counties each had two deaths, and Navajo County reported one death, according to the respective county websites.
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Maricopa County’s Health Department provided more detailed information on its cases. The state’s database shows the county has 1,689 cases, while the county’s website says it has 1,687 confirmed as of Thursday morning. Of the 1,687 cases, county numbers show:
- Confirmed cases increased by 131 from Wednesday to Thursday.
- The cases are 51% men and 49% women.
- 109 cases and 15 deaths have been linked to long-term care facilities. This is an increase in 22 cases and zero deaths from Wednesday.
- Forty-one people under age 19 have tested positive.
- People aged 20 to 44 make up 40% of positive cases, followed by people 45-64 years old at 35% and people over age 65 at 23%.
- 19%, or 326 cases, have been hospitalized. This is eight more than Wednesday.
- 6%, or 106 cases, have been in the intensive care unit. This is three more than Wednesday. The hospitalization and ICU numbers include any case that was in the hospital or ICU at any time during their illness, the county says.
- The likelihood of being hospitalized or in the ICU increases with age. Of those aged 20-44, 63 were hospitalized and 15 were in the ICU. For people aged 45-64, 116 were hospitalized and 42 were in the ICU. Among those over age 65, there were 146 hospitalized and 49 in the ICU.
- Thirty-nine people have died in Maricopa County. Of those, 10 were aged 45-64 and 29 were over age 65.
Cases rise in other counties
According to Thursday's state update, Pima County had 512 identified cases. Navajo County had 286 cases, while Coconino had 210. Pinal County had 137, Yavapai County had 62, Apache County had 52, and Yuma County had 15. Officials in Yuma County, however, reported its cases at 17 on Wednesday afternoon, with 345 residents tested.
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Mohave County had 27 cases, according to the state numbers, and the county reported 28 cases Wednesday evening. The county has reported two COVID-19 related deaths, both hospitalized individuals over 65 who had underlying chronic health conditions, a press release said.
Cochise County had 11 cases, Santa Cruz County had seven, La Paz County had four, Gila County had three, Graham County had two and Greenlee County had one case, according to state numbers.
All counties but Gila, Graham and Greenlee saw an increase in their cases from Wednesday.
The Arizona Republic contacted all 15 counties for numbers on hospitalizations, which is only available online for Maricopa, Pima and Pinal counties. Yuma County will not provide the information, and Navajo County and Apache County say they do not have the information.The data includes all cases ever hospitalized, not just current hospitalizations:
- Pima County: 97 known hospitalizations and 32 in the ICU as of Wednesday.
- Pinal County: 24 known hospitalizations and 6 in the ICU as of Wednesday.
- Yavapai County: six known hospitalizations as of Monday.
- Cochise County: three known hospitalizations as of Monday.
- Mohave County: one known hospitalization as of March 31.
- Graham, Santa Cruz, La Paz, Gila and Greenlee counties: no known hospitalizations.
Twofor COVID-19, Arizona Department of Corrections officials confirmed on Tuesday. One is receiving treatment at a community hospital and the other is at the Marana Community Correctional Treatment Facility. The Corrections Department stated that 60 inmates have been tested, with 48 testing negative and 10 pending in addition to the two men who tested positive.
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The White Mountain Apache Tribe announced its first identified positive case of COVID-19 on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation northeast of Phoenix. The person is a tribal member and is in isolation at the Whiteriver Indian Hospital, according to a release from the tribe.
The Pascua Yaqui tribe in southern Arizona had confirmed two coronavirus deaths last week.
Gila River Indian Community Governor Stephen Roe Lewis announced on Saturday evening its first COVID-19 related death. On Friday, their health care facilities had 12 positive tests, five from Gila River Indian Community members and seven from other tribes. no more recent updates
The state Health Department website says both state and private laboratories have completed a total of 37,178 tests for COVID-19, according to the number posted Thursday on the agency website.
The distribution of cases appears to align with the number of tests done. For instance, the age group with the highest percentage of cases, those aged 20 to 44, also are the age group that has had the most tests.
Most COVID-19 tests come back negative, the state's dashboard shows, with only 7% of tests coming back positive.
Of the statewide identified cases, 47% are men and 53% are women. Previously, the majority of cases were men.
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Navajo Nation cases and curfew
The Navajo Nation announced Wednesday evening it had 488 identified cases, with 20 confirmed deaths. That's an increase in 62 cases from the previous day. Of the 488 cases, 352 involve residents on tribal land in Arizona counties.
The 488 cases include portions of the Navajo Nation in the following counties in three states: 186 in Navajo County, 116 in Coconino County, 50 in Apache County in Arizona; 70 in San Juan County, 39 in McKinley County, nine in Cibola County, two in Socorro County in New Mexico; and 10 in San Juan County in Utah.
More than 2,000 people have tested negative for COVID-19, according to a Tuesday news release from the Navajo Nation.
The Navajo Police Department began issuing citations and fines on Saturday for anyone who violates the "Stay at Home Order" and daily curfew that requires all residents to be home between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Republic reporters Rachel Leingang, Maria Polletta and Shondiin Silversmith contributed to this story.
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