The Arizona Department of Health reported nearly 3,600 additional cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, another record for additional daily cases, ahead of President Donald Trump’s planned appearance in the state later that day.
As of Monday, some 2,500 new cases are recorded daily in Arizona, about 94% more than a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Since Monday, coronavirus has infected 3,593 people and killed 42 more people in Arizona, bringing the number of dead states to 1,384, according to state department of health,
While an increase in daily cases may reflect a lag in reporting or an increase in testing at specific locations throughout the state, Arizona’s positive rate increased from 5% in early May to almost 20% in June, according to the state Department of Health. Currently, the average positive rate is more than 10%.
The positive indicator shows the percentage of tests that return positive in a particular region. Epidemiologists say this number may indicate how widely the virus spreads throughout the community.
Another factor that is closely monitored is capitalization, which may indicate how serious the cases are in the area. This data may lag behind the number of new cases.
Arizona hospitals have seen more patients in hospital beds and intensive care units since mid-May, when the state began to reopen. About 84% of the beds in the state were used as of Monday, compared with 74% reported on Memorial Day.
An increase in the number of cases and hospital admissions occurs when Trump travels to the country’s border with Mexico and Phoenix, where he plans to attend a campaign at a local church. Infectious disease experts have warned of large indoor gatherings, such as the recent Trump rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, due to rising incidences in the west and south.
“In fact, we are witnessing the fastest growth rate among our young people in the community, and here it is, a rally specifically focused on this demography,” – Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, Democrat, told CNN on Sunday, “Public health professionals in Phoenix are trying to convince young people to take it seriously.”
White House Health Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said at a hearing at the House’s Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday that coronavirus infections have been “alarming” in parts of the US.
While there is a decrease in Covid-19 cases in New York State, in other states there is an increase in cases that “reflect an increase in prevalence among the population,” said Fauchi, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.
“This is what really bothers me,” he said.
The Trump administration claims the Covid-19 response remains a priority.
“That is why the target group meets regularly, the president receives this information. The vice president leads the task force, and ultimately the president makes decisions and is constantly informed of the latest figures, ”said spokeswoman Kaylee Makinani. said during a briefing on Friday.
– CNBC Berkeley Lovelace Jr., William Foyer and Jasmine kim contributed to this report.