Arizona coronavirus numbers look good, however different states involved about ‘surge’ – Parker Pioneer


The number of new coronavirus cases in Arizona continues to remain at much lower levels than they were during the summer. However, a recent “surge” of new cases in some states has those states concerned and taking actions to try to slow the spread of the virus.

In Arizona, the Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting 229,486 cases in the state with 5,806 deaths. That’s an increase of about 3,400 cases and 47 deaths from Oct. 12 to Oct. 18. As of Oct. 12, there were 226,050 cases and 5,759 deaths.

The number of new cases in the state has declined significantly. There were times in June and July when the state saw as many new cases in a single day as they saw last week.

Some other states saw record numbers of new cases last week, and this has created concerns about a “second wave,” particularly as colder weather brings on the cold and flu season. Published reports state 17 states are experiencing a surge in new cases. On Friday, Oct. 16, 10 states experienced record numbers of new coronavirus cases for that day:  Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Forbes Magazine reported on their website the 70,451 new cases reported Friday, Oct. 16 was the most reported in a single day since July 24. The average of 56,040 new cases per day reported last week was 30 percent over the daily average just two weeks ago.

Nora Myers Sackett, a spokesperson for the New Mexico Governor’s Office, told the “Santa Fe New Mexican” the virus spreads when people do things that allow it to spread.

Many states and municipalities have kept mask and social distancing mandates in place as a result of the surge. Idaho Gov. Brad Little told the “Idaho Statesman” residents of the state need to take personal responsibility in their actions to prevent the spread of the virus.

There were 21 new cases of the coronavirus in La Paz County during the week of Oct. 12 to Oct. 8, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 589. There were no new deaths reported, and the total number of deaths remains at 16.

The Colorado River Indian Tribes saw more new cases of the coronavirus in the past two weeks than they’ve seen in quite a while. Their total number went from 322 to 350. There were some weeks recently where they saw no new cases at all. There have been seven deaths among Tribal members.

The Tribes have continued their mandate of face masks in all public areas on Tribal land. The Tribal Council extended the “Safer at Home” resolution until Oct. 31.

Arizona health officials have reported all the counties in the state have met the guidelines regarding new cases that would allow them to reopen some businesses that had been closed.

These same state officials have said the virus is still around, and have said this is not the time to let up on precautionary actions like wearing face masks, cleaning and sanitizing, and practicing social distancing.

Schools around the state have reopened, but many of them are doing “hybrid” learning, with some classes in person and others online. While some high schools and the state’s three universities have cancelled their fall sports seasons, others are playing sports with no spectators or, as in the case of Parker High, a restricted number of spectators.

As for recovery rates in the state, the Worldometers website, which tracks coronavirus cases around the world, said 38,384 Arizonans have recovered. For the cases that have reached a conclusion, that’s a recovery rate of 87 percent, which is a slight increase over what it was last week. There are still over 186,000 active cases in the state.

Nationwide, Worldometers said there have been 8.38 million cases in the United States, with 224,730 deaths almost 5.46 million having recovered. The nation as a whole and many states that were affected earlier in the pandemic are reporting many more recovered cases than active cases. The overall survival rate nationwide is 96 percent, which is comparable to the worldwide recovery rate.

Worldwide, Worldometers said there have been 40.27 million cases, with 1.1 million deaths and 30.1 million having recovered.



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