The Arizona Department of Health Services has reported nearly 1,800 cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 41 deaths.
New numbers released Friday show 1,769 cases in Arizona, up from 1,598 the day before. The state also added nine deaths.
Maricopa County is reporting 1,050 cases (state numbers show one less) and 17 deaths. Five deaths are in people 45-64 years while 12 are people 65 and older.
Gov. Doug Ducey and Dr. Cara Christ participated in a virtual town hall Thursday evening. The event was broadcasted on over 60 television and radio stations throughout Arizona.
Click here to watch the town hall. One of the more pressing topics was why certain businesses have been deemed essential, like hair and nail salons. Mr. Ducey appeared to dispute that those services are covered, despite being listed on the governor's website.
The governor's office was anticipated to provide clarity on essential services on Friday afternoon.
A group from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Arizona Department of Health Services toured the currently closed St. Luke's Medical Center hospital to see the viability of reopening the facility for possible future use due to COVID-19. State Farm Stadium in Glendale has also been looked at as a possible site, according to reports.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
Cases per 10,000 residents in each Arizona county
* Uses 2019 population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau and confirmed cases from the Arizona Department of Health Services