The state of Arizona has surpassed 22,000 cases of COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning.
The Arizona Department of Health Services reports 22,223 cases and 981 deaths in the state, up 973 and 40 from Tuesday, respectively.
The Maricopa County Department of Public Health reports 10,948 cases and 445 deaths in Arizona’s most populous county.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.
But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.
The moves the governor has taken to ease travel and business restrictions he first implemented in March due to COVID-19 apparently have had some impact on his desire to restart the state economy.
New figures from the Department of Economic Security show that only 22,290 Arizonans filed first-time claims for jobless benefits in the week just ended. That is as low as it has been since the outbreak and the gubernatorial orders restricting travel and business activity.
It also brings to nearly 626,000 the number of Arizonans who have sought unemployment aid since the governor’s restrictions were first imposed.
DES also says 59,086 people applied last week for the separate federally funded Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. That is generally available to those who are not entitled to regular jobless benefits, like the self-employed.
But the agency said most of those are people who had first sought regular jobless benefits but were not qualified. Still DES spokesman Brett Bezio said he could not say how many of the PUA applicants already are counted in that 626,000 number.