Largest surge yet in daily count puts Arizona above 21,200 cases of COVID-19

Independent Newsmedia
Posted 6/1/20

The state of Arizona has surpassed 21,200 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning after adding the most cases to date overnight.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reports 21,250 cases and …

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Largest surge yet in daily count puts Arizona above 21,200 cases of COVID-19

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The state of Arizona has surpassed 21,200 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning after adding the most cases to date overnight.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reports 21,250 cases and 941 deaths in the state, up 1,127 and 24 from Monday, respectively.

The Maricopa County Department of Public Health reports 10,427 cases and 429 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.

Arizona does not report recoveries yet but is displaying the number of cases discharged from the hospital. That amount is at 4,967 — or 23.4% of total cases — as of Tuesday.

On Monday, nursing home data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services became available, showing Arizona with 227 cases and 88 deaths among residents at nursing homes — which account for a fraction of long-term care facilities. Arizona, 55.4, ranks below the national case rate per 1,000 nursing home residents, 62.0. In addition, the death rate per 1,000 is lower in Arizona, 18.6, than the nation, 27.5. Only 69 of 143 facilities were surveyed, according to the report. The data reflects entries as of May 24.

Testing availability

Horizon Health and Wellness is offering an appointment for COVID-19 virus and antibody testing to anyone who believes they need one, regardless of insurance, ability to pay or whether they have symptoms or not. Pre-registration is required at www.hhwaz.org.

Testing is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, June 6 at Horizon Health and Wellness, 625 N. Plaza Drive, Apache Junction 85120.

There will be two forms of testing available.

  1. Diagnostic PCR Test (nasal swab test)

The nasal test will detect if you are actively infected with the COVID-19 virus. During this test, a long swab is inserted and rotated in each side of the nose for about 15 seconds each to collect enough material. The swab is then put into a container and sent to a lab for testing and diagnosing.

  1. Antibody Testing (blood draw)

The antibody test is a blood draw for people who do not have symptoms but think they may have had or been exposed to the virus in the past. Antibody testing identifies if a patient possibly has immunity to COVID-19 because they already had exposure to the disease in the past. Blood is drawn from the patient and collected. It is then sent to a lab for testing and diagnosing.

Everyone at the testing site is required to wear a mask or face covering at all times.  If you do not have one, the site will provide you with one. Testing will take about 5-15 minutes. There is no up-front cost for testing. You do not need medical insurance to get tested. However, if you have health insurance, your insurance will be billed. It will take 3-7 days to receive your results depending on the test performed.

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