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This is a regularly updated story with the latest information, news and updates about the coronavirus and its impact in Arizona and beyond for Wednesday, Aug. 26.
PHOENIX – Arizona health authorities reported just 187 new coronavirus cases and 104 more deaths on Wednesday morning.
It was the lowest daily case report since May 31 and just the third time since April that fewer than 200 new cases were added in a day.
That put the state’s documented totals at 199,459 COVID-19 infections and 4,896 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Multiple key metrics about the severity of Arizona’s pandemic are at or near the lowest they’ve been in a month or more.
The rolling seven-day average for newly reported cases declined Tuesday to 621.86, the lowest seen since June 1, according to tracking by The Associated Press.
The seven-day average of newly reported deaths dipped to 37.57, the lowest mark since July 8.
The seven-day average for new cases peaked July 6 at 3,844, and the stat for deaths reached a high of 94 on July 30.
The spread of coronavirus in Arizona has been slowing in the month-plus since the implementation of face mask requirements by local governments in many areas — including all of Maricopa County — and statewide executive orders to close businesses such as bars and gyms and to restrict restaurant occupancy.
Those moves were made after the state became a global hot spot for the coronavirus, which has no impact on some people and is seriously debilitating or fatal for others. Infected people without symptoms – which include but are not limited to cough, fever and difficulty breathing — are capable of spreading the virus.
For the 51,347 samples taken last week that have been processed and recorded, the positive rate is 5%, the lowest since the week starting May 10.
The rate remained 5% for this week so far, but only 4,681 completed tests had been recorded as of Wednesday morning.
Weekly rates are based on when the samples are taken, not when they are reported, so the percentage for recent weeks can fluctuate as labs get caught up on testing and the results are documented by the state.
The Arizona health department’s daily reports present case, death and testing data after the state receives statistics and confirms them, which can lag by several days or more. They don’t represent the actual activity over the past 24 hours.
(Editor’s note: The daily hospitalization data on the state dashboard was inaccurate Wednesday morning because of a reporting error, the health department said.)
Below are Wednesday’s latest developments about the coronavirus pandemic from around the state, country and world:
There were more than 23.9 million coronavirus cases and 820,000 deaths reported globally as of Tuesday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University. For the U.S., there were more than 5.7 million cases and 178,000 deaths.
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