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Cases jumped by 26% since Sunday and top number more than 1,000 as COVID-19 continues to spread in Arizona.

Arizona cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, now number more than 1,000, with 20 known deaths, new numbers posted by the Arizona Department of Health Services on Monday show.
Coconino County reported a third death Monday night, bringing the total deaths in the state related to the new virus up to 21, although that was no immediately reflected in state data. 
The total identified cases in Arizona is 1,157, according to the latest state figures, with every one of the state’s 15 counties now recording at least one case.
That’s an increase of confirmed 238 cases, or 26%, since Sunday.
On Sunday, the state reported 919 identified cases and 17 known deaths.
As of Sunday afternoon, Pima County recorded six deaths related to COVID-19. Maricopa County had five and Coconino County two, according to their respective websites. Navajo County announced a death due to COVID-19 on Sunday.
Maricopa Countys Health Department provided more detailed information on its cases. The states database shows the county has 690 cases, while the counties say 689. Of the 689, the county numbers show:

  • Confirmed cases increased by 143 from Sunday to Monday.
  • The majority of the cases, at 381 cases, or 55%, are male.
  • Three people under age 18 have tested positive.
  • People aged 18 to 39 make up 35% of positive cases, followed by people 40-59 years old at 33% and people over age 60 at 32%.
  • Eighteen percent, or 122 cases, are hospitalized.
  • Seven percent, or 46 cases, were in the intensive care unit. The number includes any case that was in the ICU during their illness, the county says.
  • The likelihood of being hospitalized or in the ICU increases with age. Of those aged 18-39, 15 were hospitalized and five were in the ICU. For people aged 40 to 59, 35 were hospitalized and 13 were in the ICU. Among those over age 60,  there were 72 hospitalized and 28 in the ICU.
  • Five people have died.

According to Monday’s state update, among other counties, Pima County had 187. Navajo County had 88 cases, while Coconino had 71. Pinal County had 64, Apache County had 17, Yavapai County had 15, Mohave County seven, Yuma County six, Cochise County had four and Gila County had one.
La Paz, Santa Cruz and Graham County each had two identified cases. Greenlee County in southeastern Arizona now has recorded one case. The county is the last to record a case. It has had 35 tests completed, the state’s dashboard shows. 
Cochise County is now believed to have community spread, the countys health department said in a press release Monday.
The county now has four cases. The most recent case is an adult female who is now hospitalized outside Cochise County. She has no recent travel history, leading the county to believe she is the first case of community spread in Cochise County.
In a press release Monday, Yuma County said it now had 12 cases, though not all were reflected in the states dashboard. All are travel-related and in isolation now.
A Grand Canyon Village resident has tested positive for the new coronavirus, marking the first publicly identified case among the small population that lives at the Grand Canyon’s South Rim.
The state Health Department announced in a press release on Sunday that its COVID-19 dashboard had been enhanced. The state previously provided only a limited scope of the cases. The new dashboard provides a more comprehensive view of the state’s number of cases, breaking it down by the number of cases per week, age and gender. 
The distribution of cases appears to align with the number of tests done. For instance, the age group with the highest percentage of cases, those aged 20 to 44, also are the age group that has had the most tests. 
Most COVID-19 tests come back negative, the state’s dashboard shows, with only 6% of tests coming back positive. 
Last week, the level of community spread went from moderate to widespread, as listed on the state Health Departments website. Community spread means the patient had no history of traveling to regions of the world affected by new coronavirus and also had no known contact with anyone infected by it.
The state Health Department site now states that state and private laboratories have completed 16,759 tests for COVID-19.
The number of cases is likely much higher than official numbers suggest. People have reported trouble getting tested, as health professionals confront confusion over who to test and a lack of supplies.
The state issued new guidance on testing on March 25 to primary care providers saying they should “consider removing this diagnostic ‘tool’ from their toolbox and managing patients with respiratory conditions as if they have COVID-19.”
At a March 25 press conference, state Health Director Dr. Cara Christ said that if infections continue at their current pace, illnesses would peak in April and hospitalizations would peak in May.
“Arizona is still in the opening stages of its COVID-19 outbreak, and the number of cases within the state will increase significantly,” Christ said.
On Monday, the Navajo Nation announced the number of positive COVID-19 cases rose to 148 with a total of five confirmed deaths related to the virus.
The Navajo Nation Department of Health issued a new public health emergency order that implements a curfew and extends the “stay-at-home” order. The curfew for residents goes into effect Monday night.
“It is time to have a curfew,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said during a town hall meeting streamed live on Facebook. “We need to slow down people traveling around our nation.”
 As of Monday, the 148 cases include the following counties in three states: 69 in Navajo County, 16 in Apache County and 32 in Coconino County in Arizona; 15 in San Juan County, nine in McKinley County and one in Cibola County in New Mexico; and six in San Juan County in Utah.
The curfew will be from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting March 30.
The Navajo Police Department, under Police Chief Francisco, will be visible in communities throughout the Nation to make sure people are complying with the new curfew,” Nez said. “We need to protect our people.”
No details on penalties related to violating curfew have been provided. The curfew excludes essential employees traveling to and from work but they must have documentation.
We havent nearly reached the peak of the virus thats whats our health care experts are telling us,” said Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer. “We need to be proactive and do everything we can to prepare for the worse, but pray and hope for the best.”
Reporters BrieAnna Frank, Shondiin Silversmith and Maria Polletta contributed to this story. 
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