ADHS Reasserts Need To Follow Ducey’s Executive Order

COVID -19, commonly known as coronavirus [Slide courtesy CDC]

PHOENIX – On Monday, just weeks after the nationwide protests and rioting, the Arizona Department of Health Services announced that more than 62,000 of the 101,441 reported COVID-19 cases are in people younger than 44 years old.

There have been 1,810 deaths reported in Arizona.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS), the percentage of positive tests nationwide is at 9% to date, with 13.4% COVID-19 positive PCR tests to date in Arizona.

COVID-19 hospitalizations have increased, with more than 3,200 COVID-19 inpatients and over 800 ICU patients currently reported in Arizona hospitals, ADHS announced in its press release.

“Similar to several other states around the nation, we continue to see rising numbers of cases and hospitalizations in Arizona,” said Dr. Cara Christ, ADHS director. “It’s important for Arizonans to understand that COVID-19 is widespread and circulating in our community, especially in our 20 to 44 year olds. We urge every Arizonan to follow Governor Ducey’s executive orders to contain the spread and take simple precautions, such as wearing a face-covering when out in public and avoiding gatherings of people, to prevent the further transmission of COVID-19.”

Ducey issued an executive order which includes:

  • Prohibiting public organized events of 50 or more people.
  • Ceasing the issuance of series 15 special event liquor licenses through July 27th.
  • Pausing the operations of high-risk environments including bars, indoor gyms, indoor movie theaters, water parks, and tubing operators until at least July 27th.
  • Preventing groups of 10 or more from congregating at pools.

If you believe you have been exposed to or infected with COVID-19, stay home unless you are seeking medical care. Arizonans can find COVID-19 testing locations at azhealth.gov/COVID19testing.

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