PHOENIX - Health officials in Arizona are reporting 2,659 new COVID-19 cases but no additional deaths.
The state Department of Health Services on Nov. 23 announced the latest daily figures, bringing the total number of cases to 302,324 and total coronavirus-related deaths to 6,464.
Hospitalizations from COVID-19 also continue to rise with more than 2,000 people now occupying hospital beds.
Coronavirus in Arizona: Latest case numbers
The number of new cases is a considerable drop from the last few days, which has ranged from between 3,600 to more than 4,400.
The state last topped 4,000 new cases in July during a summer surge that made the it a national hot spot after Gov. Doug Ducey relaxed business closings and stay-home restrictions.
Arizona’s outbreak lessened in August and September after local governments implemented masking mandates and Ducey instituted restrictions on some businesses.
The virus surged again last month and into this month.
State and public health officials cite school and business re-openings and public weariness with anti-virus precautions.
The Arizona Department of Health Services has recommended holding Thanksgiving celebrations outside along with masks, social distancing and staying home if sick.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.
In order to protect yourself from a possible infection, the CDC recommends:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face cover when around others
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Monitor your health daily