Arizona experiencing 'full resurgence' of COVID-19 without 'needed aggressive mitigation', White House report says

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Posted at 10:28 AM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 12:51:19-05

The White House has released a new coronavirus report indicating that Arizona should take numerous steps to reduce the spread of coronavirus while we are in the "red zone."

ABC News obtained the state-by-state report from Nov. 29, which says, "Arizona is experiencing a full resurgence equal to the summer surge but without the needed aggressive mitigation across the state."

Read the full report and accompanying data for Arizona here.

Specifically, officials say Maricopa County, Pima County, and Pinal County are the three counties with the highest spread in the state, responsible for more than 77% of Arizona's cases.

Arizona reportedly had 370 new coronavirus cases per 100,000 residents, which is higher than the national average of 349 per 100,000.

There was also an increase of 10% in total COVID-19 hospital admissions.

"If state and local policies do not reflect the seriousness of the current situation, all public health officials must alert the state population directly," the report states, noting that "state mitigation efforts remain inadequate" in many parts of the country.

They are encouraging residents to understand health risks, especially those who are over 65 or have significant health conditions.

"If you are under 40, you need to assume you became infected during the Thanksgiving period if you gathered beyond your immediate household," the report says of the holiday weekend when it was communicated that Americans should avoid travel and gatherings. "Most likely, you will not have symptoms; however, you are dangerous to others and you must isolate away from anyone at increased risk for severe disease and get tested immediately."

The report also recommends:

  • All Tribal Nations test residents and visitors weekly
  • Universities have mandatory testing policies
  • Expanding point-of-care antigen tests
  • Continuing to social distance, wear masks, limiting interactions and other private and public mitigation strategies