Arizona sets another record for increases in COVID-19 cases

Arizona’s count of confirmed COVID-19 cases surged again Friday, setting the third record in four days for daily high numbers of new cases.

The state Department of Health Services reported 3,246 additional cases as of Friday, increasing the statewide total to 46,689 with 1,312 deaths, including 41 reported Friday.

Arizona has emerged as a national hotspot for coronavirus since Gov. Doug Ducey lifted stay-home orders in mid-May.

Harvard epidemiologist says Arizona is currently the worst off amongst U.S. states in terms of COVID-19

A Harvard University epidemiologist says Arizona is quickly becoming one of the hardest hit regions in the world during the COVID-19 pandemic. He said the state has hit new records when it comes to cases, hospitalizations and more.

The 3,246 additional cases reported Friday surpassed previous records of 2,519 cases reported Thursday and 2,392 on Tuesday.

Ducey on Wednesday reversed himself and allowed counties and municipalities to mandate use of face masks in public to slow the spread of the coronavirus. He rejected calls for a statewide requirement.

LIST: Arizona cities with face mask requirements

Coronavirus cases continue to skyrocket in Arizona and now, several cities are looking at possible mask mandates.

Cities including Tucson and Flagstaff this week approved masking mandates and the Phoenix City Council scheduled an emergency meeting Friday to consider imposing one.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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.
  • 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.

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MAP: Arizona Coronavirus cases by zip code

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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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Right now there's one big difference between flu and coronavirus: A vaccine exists to help prevent the flu and it's not too late to get it. It won't protect you from catching the coronavirus, but may put you in a better position to fight it.

To protect yourself, wash your hands well and often, keep them away from your face, and avoid crowds and standing close to people.

And if you do find yourself showing any of these flu or coronavirus symptoms - don't go straight to your doctor's office. That just risks making more people sick, officials urge. Call ahead, and ask if you need to be seen and where.