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Health officials report largest daily increase of COVID-19 cases as President Trump heads to Arizona

Posted at 8:33 AM, Jun 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 11:46:51-04

PHOENIX — On Tuesday morning, Arizona health officials reported a new record high number of coronavirus cases in the state -- the same day President Donald Trump is set to hold a campaign event in Phoenix.

Arizona Department of Health Services data showed 3,591 new cases of COVID-19, and 42 new reported deaths, since Monday.

The data was released shortly after President Trump departed the White House for his visits to Yuma and Phoenix.

President Trump said Monday he was "not worried at all" about visiting the state despite increasing coronavirus case counts and concerns.

While ABC15 has learned that mask mandates will not be enforced at President Trump's rally in Phoenix Tuesday afternoon, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego urged President Trump to wear a mask during his time in our state.

"...I do not believe an event of this magnitude can be held safely, particularly as Arizona sees rising COVID cases, the president has decided to continue with this rally," Gallego said in a statement released Monday.