Arizona Gov. Ducey: State receiving 361 cases of Remdesivir

Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at a news conference on COVID-19 on March 2, 2020.

On July 11, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced that the state will receive cases of a promising antiviral drug that Gov. Ducey says has shown to lessen the effects of COVID-19.

In a series of tweets made to his verified Twitter page, Gov. Ducey said the state is receiving 361 cases of Remdesivir.

"The shipment will bolster state supplies with added capacity to treat thousands of additional patients, if needed," wrote Gov. Ducey.

In a story reported by FOX television station KDFW-TV in Dallas, Texas, a report from Baylor Scott & White Health shows Remdesivir decreased the odds of a COVID-19 patient passing away from the illness by about 62%. The Texas hospital is one of 180 hospitals participating in a worldwide Gilead Sciences study of Remdesivir.

Gov. Ducey's announcement came on a day when Arizona health officials reported 3,038 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Arizona. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 119,930, and the death toll stands at 2,150.

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COVID-19 symptoms

Symptoms for coronavirus COVID-19 include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. These, of course, are similar to the common cold and flu. 

Expect a common cold to start out with a sore or scratchy throat, cough, runny and/or stuffy nose. Flu symptoms are more intense and usually come on suddenly, and can include a high fever. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear more slowly. They usually include fever, a dry cough and noticeable shortness of breath, according to the World Health Organization. A minority of cases develop pneumonia, and the disease is especially worrisome for the elderly and those with other medical problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes or heart conditions.

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COVID-19 resources

CDC Website for COVID-19 (In Spanish/En Español)

AZDHS Website for COVID-19 (In Spanish/En Español)