News roundup: Primary votes being tallied, 100s of COVID-19 cases in Tucson prison

Arizona COVID-19 one-week snapshot, Aug. 5

This map tracks changes in reported COVID-19 numbers over a one-week period.Since last week, Arizona reported 13,930 new cases (8% increase), 478 more deaths (14% increase), 3,499 additional hospitalizations and a statewide positive diagnostic test rate of 16.8%. The state reported a daily average of 1,990 cases and 68 deaths. Choose a layer and click on a county to learn more.

Credit: Nick O’Gara/AZPM. Sources: ADHS, county health departments, Census 2018 Quick Facts. *Test numbers are for reported diagnostic (PCR) tests and do not include antibody (serology) tests, unlike previous versions of this map. Positive test rate is calculated using reported case and test totals. Daily reports may not reflect recent data, the state says.
Cases: 182,203 | Deaths: 3,932 | Diagnostic tests: 984,332

The rate of daily new coronavirus cases in Arizona has slowed in recent weeks compared with its surging numbers in June and July, with 1,698 reported Aug. 5. Gov. Doug Ducey was in Washington, D.C., receiving praise from President Trump for his coronavirus response. The state reported 87 more deaths from COVID-19 on that day.

Early results are in for races in Pima County and around the state, though final numbers may take days. Find some of the unofficial tallies here

Pima County gets outsider as new county attorney


Defense attorney Laura Conover easily defeated her two Democratic opponents to win the primary race for Pima County Attorney.

No Republican is running in the race, so Conover is the de facto winner of the general election in November.

With 80% of precincts reporting, Conover had 57% of the vote. Jonathan Mosher had 36% and Mark Diebolt had just shy of 7%. Both Mosher and Diebolt work in the Pima County Attorney’s office.

Conover said she was surprised by the margin of her win.

Nearly half the inmates at Tucson prison test positive for COVID-19


The Arizona Department of Corrections reported last night that 517 inmates at the ASPC-Tucson Whetstone Unit tested positive for COVID-19. That is nearly half of the prisoners housed in the Whetstone unit.

In a news release which was sent to the media at 8 p.m. Wednesday, the Department of Corrections said the inmates were separated from the rest of the population and will not be allowed to return to the general population until they are medically cleared.

Before the numbers at the Tucson facility were announced about 900 inmates in the state prison system had tested positive for the virus.

Learn more here.

As pandemic drags on, Sonoran businesses face tough choices

Fronteras Desk

Nearly all businesses in Sonora have been impacted by the pandemic and are facing tough choices.

“It’s important to emphasize that 10% have closed permanently,” said Colegio de la Frontera Norte researcher Humberto García. “And another 7% are about to close, or are closing, locations.”

Critics say government at all levels, especially the federal government, should be doing more to aid businesses and workers during the crisis.

Learn more in this Fronteras Desk feature.