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Arizona cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, now exceed 13,100, with 651 known deaths, according to numbers released on Friday by the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Arizona's total identified cases rose to 13,169 on Friday, according to the most recent state figures. That's an increase of 495 confirmed cases, or 3.9%, since Thursday when the state reported 12,674 identified cases and 624 deaths.

The number of confirmed cases reported each day has risen steadily over the past week as more testing has taken place.

Deaths have also spiked over the past week, although many occurred in previous weeks and are just being added to the system now because of reporting lags and a new death certificate surveillance process. The number of deaths reported each day represents the additional known deaths identified by the Health Department that day, but they are often not identified on the actual death date and could have occurred weeks prior.

According to the department's data, the dates with the most deaths in a single day so far are April 19 and April 20, with 22 deaths each.

Maricopa County's confirmed cases exceed 6,800, according to state numbers.

The number of Arizona cases likely is higher than official numbers because of limits on supplies and available tests. The state announced April 23 that anyone who believes they could be infected can now get tested.

The Governor's Office and Health Department announced a "testing blitz" with the goal of testing 10,000 to 20,000 people each Saturday for three consecutive weekends. May 2 was the first day of the blitz, and the May 9 blitz took place at 37 test sites in nine counties. Arizona has significantly increased diagnostic testing over the past two weeks because of loosened testing requirements and the weekend blitzes.

The percentage of positive tests per week decreased from 10% three weeks ago to 5% last week, likely in part because a broader range of people are being tested rather than just the very sick.

The state's effort to add new hospital beds has affected the hospitalization data. While the percentage of beds available have been fairly stable over the past couple weeks, the raw numbers of people in the hospital due to COVID-19 have actually gone up.

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The latest Arizona data

As of Thursday morning, the state reported death totals from these counties: 302 in Maricopa, 155 in Pima, 62 in Coconino, 48 in Navajo, 28 in Pinal, 27 in Mohave, 16 in Apache, five in Yavapai and four in Yuma.

La Paz County officials reported two deaths and Gila officials reported one death as of Thursday, although the state site listed the two counties and Cochise County as just having fewer than three deaths. Greenlee, Graham and Santa Cruz counties each reported no deaths.

Of the statewide identified cases overall, 47% are men and 53% are women. But men made up a higher percentage of deaths, with 55% of the deaths men and 45% women as of Friday.

People 65 and older made up 518 of the 651 total deaths. While race/ethnicity is unknown for 20% of deaths, 43% of deaths were white, 17% were Native American and 15% were Hispanic or Latino.

Overall, Arizona has 183.2 cases and 9.06 deaths per 100,000 residents, according to state data.

The scope of the outbreak differs by county. Maricopa County has 156.2 cases and 6.91 deaths per 100,000 residents, and Pima has 167.5 cases and 14.84 deaths per 100,000 residents.

Coconino has 558.8 cases and 42.1 deaths per 100,000 residents, and Navajo has 1,043.2 cases and 42.54 deaths per 100,000 residents.

Of the 13,169 cases, 30% involve individuals with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, cardiac disease, hypertension, chronic pulmonary disease, chronic kidney disease or chronic liver disease. In addition, 41% of all cases are considered "high-risk," meaning the individual is either over 65 or has a chronic condition.

Of all confirmed cases, 8% are younger than 20, 38% are aged 20 to 44, 17% are aged 45 to 54, 15% are aged 55 to 64 and 22% are over 65. This aligns with the proportions of testing done for each age range.

The state Health Department website said both state and private laboratories have completed a total of 142,001 diagnostic tests for COVID-19, and 44,903 serology, or antibody, tests have been completed.

Most COVID-19 diagnostic tests come back negative, the state's dashboard shows, with 7.2% positive. For serology tests, 3.1% have come back positive. 

Maricopa County’s Department of Public Health provided more detailed information on its 6,681 cases Friday (the state reported its cases at 6,821):

  • Confirmed cases increased by 482 from Thursday to Friday. Deaths increased by five to 291.
  • The cases are 47% men and 53% women. 
  • 1,089 cases have been linked to residents of long-term care facilities. Of those, 239 people (22%) have been hospitalized and 205 people (19%) have died.
  • 159 long-term care facilities have at least one positive case from a resident or staff. Of the 514 staff members at these facilities who have tested positive, 26 have been hospitalized and two have died.
  • 417 people under age 19 have tested positive, making up 6% of positive cases.
  • People aged 20 to 44 make up 39% of positive cases, followed by people 45 to 64 years old at 32% and people 65 or older at 23%.
  • 13%, or 900 cases, have been hospitalized.
  • 4%, or 247 cases, have been in the intensive care unit. The hospitalization and ICU numbers include any cases that were in the hospital or ICU at any time during their illness, the county says.
  • The likelihood of being hospitalized or in the ICU increases with age. Of those aged 20-44, 180 (7%) were hospitalized and 40 (2%) were in the ICU. For people aged 45-64, 310 (15%) were hospitalized and 88 (4%) were in the ICU. Among those over age 65, there were 403 (26%) hospitalized and 118 (8%) in the ICU.
  • Of the 291 deaths in Maricopa County, five were aged 20-44, 23 were aged 45-64 and 263 were over age 65.
  • Of the 291 deaths, 90% were 65 or older, 67% had a chronic medical condition and 96% were high risk (meaning 65 or older or at least one chronic medical condition).

Cases rise in other counties

According to Friday's state update, Pima County reported 1,750 identified cases. Navajo County reported 1,177 cases, while Apache County reported 927, Coconino County reported 823, Pinal County reported 670, Yuma County reported 310, Yavapai County reported 254 and Mohave County reported 242.

Santa Cruz County reported 69 cases, Cochise County reported 45, La Paz County reported 36, Gila County reported 22, Graham County reported 21 and Greenlee County reported two, according to state numbers.

Graham and Greenlee counties saw no increase in case numbers from Thursday.

The Navajo Nation had 3,632 identified cases and 127 confirmed deaths as of Thursday evening. Of the 3,632 cases, 1,921 are in counties in Arizona. The Navajo Nation includes parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

The Navajo Nation has issued an emergency order requiring all individuals to wear masks in public and will enforce its sixth 57-hour curfew this weekend in order to slow the spread. 

122 cases in Arizona prisons

The Arizona Department of Corrections' online dashboard said 122 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Thursday. The cases are at these six facilities: 64 in Florence, 34 in Yuma, nine in Marana, nine in Tucson, five in Eyman and one in Perryville.

The department had tested 523 inmates, with 357 negative cases and 44 pending out of a total population of 41,248.

Five inmate deaths are under investigation, with one death at Florence determined to be directly or indirectly the result of COVID-19. Four other deaths, three at Florence and one at Tucson, are preliminarily attributed to COVID-19. Nineteen inmates have recovered. 

Sixty-four staff members have self-reported positive for the virus, and 39 have been certified as recovered, the department said. 

Both legal and nonlegal visitations have been suspended through June 13, at which point the department will reassess. Temporary video visitation will be available to approved visitors and inmates who have visitation privileges, the department announced. Inmates are eligible for one 15-minute video visit per week. CenturyLink also is giving inmates two additional 15-minute calls for free during each week visitation is restricted.

Reach the reporter at Alison.Steinbach@arizonarepublic.com or at 602-444-4282. Follow her on Twitter @alisteinbach.

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