Bree Burkitt and Stephanie Innes Arizona Republic
Published 3:44 PM EDT Mar 21, 2020
Arizona's reported coronavirus case count has increased by more than 30% over the past day, with 104 reported cases throughout the state Saturday.
The numbers from Friday also included the state's first death tied to the coronavirus. Officials said the Maricopa County man in his 50s had underlying health conditions.
The latest tally of confirmed and presumptive positive cases of the new coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, is at 49 in Maricopa County, which is the highest case number of any county in Arizona. The state's most populous county saw the largest jump with an additional 14 cases.
The state data showed Pinal County has 14 cases, Pima County has 12, Coconino County has 11, Navajo County 10 and Apache County 3. Yavapai, Yuma, Santa Cruz Graham and Cochise counties each have one.
At least four of the new cases were in Pinal County. Officials identified them as a woman in her 40s, a woman in her 60s, a man in his 60s and another man in his 70s. They are all at home and recovering. The Pinal County Health Department said none of the cases are related to one another or any previous cases.
Thirty-two of the positive cases were identified by the Arizona state lab, and 72 were identified by private labs, which began testing last week. There were 122 tests pending as of Saturday morning, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported.
The number of cases in the state is likely much higher than the numbers reflect because of limited testing availability. Many Arizonans have reported being sick with COVID-19 symptoms but are unable to get tested. The symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath.
Reach public safety reporter Bree Burkitt at [email protected] or at 602-444-8515. Follow her on Twitter at @breeburkitt.
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