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Arizona surpasses 100,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus

Posted at 8:29 AM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 22:17:40-04

PHOENIX — There are now more than 100,000 total confirmed cases of coronavirus across Arizona.

State health officials reported Monday morning that our state officially surpassed the mark, with a total number of 101,441 confirmed cases. Officials say more than 62,000 of those cases involve people younger than 44 years old.

There have been a total of 1,810 deaths as of Monday.

More than 800,000 tests have been administered, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. Nationwide, coronavirus tests are coming back at a 9% positive rate, while here in Arizona, they are around 13% positive, officials say.

ADHS says COVID-19 hospitalizations have also increased, with more than 3,200 COVID-19 inpatients and over 800 ICU patients currently reported in Arizona hospitals.

"Similar to several other states around the nation, we continue to see rising numbers of cases and hospitalizations in Arizona," said Dr. Cara Christ, ADHS director, in a media release. "It's important for Arizonans to understand that COVID-19 is widespread and circulating in our community, especially in our 20 to 44-year-olds. We urge every Arizonan to follow Governor Ducey's executive orders to contain the spread and take simple precautions, such as wearing a face-covering when out in public and avoiding gatherings of people, to prevent the further transmission of COVID-19."

Over the weekend, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said Phoenix is experiencing a "crisis" involving coronavirus testing shortages due to surging cases in Arizona, which leads the U.S. in new coronavirus cases per capita.