Arizona COVID-19 cases top 2,000, deaths rise to 52

250 new cases reported Saturday


The Arizona Department of Health Services has reported more than 2,000 cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 52 deaths.

New numbers released Saturday morning show 2,015 cases in Arizona, up from 1,769 the day before. The state also added 11 deaths.

Maricopa County is reporting 1,173 cases (state numbers show two less) and 28 deaths - an increase of 11 deaths in one day. Six deaths are in people 45-64 years while 22 are people 65 and older.

Gov. Doug Ducey and Dr. Cara Christ participated in a virtual town hall Thursday evening. Click here to watch the town hall.

During the town hall, the governor separately defended his decision to include beauty parlors and nail salons in his week-old list of “essential” businesses that his own subsequent stay-at-home order allows to remain open and precludes cities from shutting them down themselves.

But co-host Ted Simons of KAET-TV questioned the wisdom of saying that it’s OK to have someone styling hair, being right next to a patron, even if there are just two of them.

“How in the world do they keep the recommended social distancing?” he asked the governor.

“We focused on shutting down as much as we could to slow that spread,” Ducey responded.

And then on Friday, April 3, Mr. Ducey and his office announced  the following services shall cease operations no later than 5 p.m. today as they cannot comply with guidelines required in paragraph 11 of Executive Order 2020-18, directing Arizonans to Stay Home, Stay Healthy, and Stay Connected:

* Cosmetology, Hairstyling, Nail Salons and Aesthetic Salons
* Tanning salons
* Tattoo parlors
* Spas
* Massage parlors

In addition, the following services should also cease operations by 5 p.m. today:

* Amenities at public parks that do not allow for recommended physical distancing or proper hygiene such as basketball courts, splash pads, playgrounds and public restrooms but public parks shall remain open to the greatest extent possible.
* Communal pools such as those at hotels, condominiums, apartment complexes and parks, however, these should still be maintained under environmental and public health rules and guidelines.
* Swap meets

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.

COVID-19 testing data in Maricopa County by age group

  • Younger than 20: 1,082
  • Age 20-44: 7,724
  • Age 45-54: 2,897
  • Age 55-64: 2,482
  • 65 and older: 2,739
  • Unknown age: 26
  •  COVID-19 was detected in 6% of the tests, and not detected in 94%

* Data updated April 4