Although the COVID-19 virus shows no sign of decreasing in Arizona at this point, it also isn’t ramping up as other areas such as New York. Is that because Arizonans are taking the threat seriously, staying home and avoiding risky behavior? Or is it just continuing to build and will eventually explode? Or, is the problem with the lack of testing, and we just don’t know yet how bad we have it?
New York State (cumulative totals)
- March 1, New York State announced its first positive case of COVID-19.
- March 5: 22 cases
- March 7: 89 cases
- March 10: 173
- March 15: 729
- March 20: 7102
- March 25: 30,811
- March 28: 52,318 - 2,000 have died.
Arizona (cumulative totals)
- January 26: 1
- March 3: 2
- March 6: 3
- March 7: 5
- March 9: 6
- March 11: 9
- March 16: 18
- March 21: 106
- March 25: 406
- March 28: 779 13 have died.
Obviously, New York State has a much larger population of 19,453,561. Arizona’s population is 7,278,717. New York State is about 2.7 times larger in population than Arizona. Yet, the per capita increase in the number of positive cases in Arizona is nowhere close to that of New York State.
Arizona is only a couple of spikes away from a terrible situation. The state is certainly not home free, this isn't over. On March 25, Arizona State Health Director Dr. Cara Christ said that the expectation is that if the infections continue at the current pace, illnesses would peak in April and hospitalizations should peak around May.
Some perspective about the #COVID19 projections: our numbers are based on worst case projections from the beginning of the outbreak based on data from Wuhan. While we plan for the worst, there is already a lot that we have put into place to mitigate the spread. 1/9 &mdash">https://t.co/6szWAdrFvF— Dr. Cara Christ (@drcarachrist) March 25, 2020
There will be more cases in Arizona and there will be more deaths. But, so far, those that live in Arizona have done a very good job of flattening the curve by following safe – some might even say “stringent” – measures. If Arizona can simply hang in there, and keep making smart choices, there is a chance of keeping this at a minimal level.
There are other factors in Arizona’s favor such as warmer weather that will be here soon, and more space. Hang tight, Arizona! We’re all in this together!
Newest Information across Arizona
In Gila County, 35 people have been tested -- of these 30 were ruled-out and negative for COVID-19.
The Gila County Public Health Department has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Gila County. The case is a Town of Payson resident, female, in her 40s. The case appears to be travel-related; no evidence of community spread at this time. Additionally, the threat to the community appears to be low as patient has predominantly self-isolated since the beginning of symptoms.
Between 3/10/20-3/15/20, individuals may have been exposed to COVID-19 at Mohave County Library-Kingman. Any individual who may have visited during this time period should self- monitor for COVID-19 compatible symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) through 03/29/20.
There are 12 cases that we know about, 7 in the Quad-Cities area, 5 in the Verde Valley area, 7 seniors, 5 adult. 10 are male, 2 female. All cases appear to be travel-related, no evidence of community spread at this time.
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