Arizona's pandemic death toll passes 30,000: ADHS
PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona on May 4 reported that its COVID-19 death toll had passed 30,000 fatalities recorded since the pandemic began in early 2020.
The state Department of Health Services’ latest weekly report on pandemic statistics added 238 more deaths as the pandemic total increased to 30,189.
According to the federal Centers Disease Control and Prevention, data Arizona’s death toll ranks 11th highest among states. Its death rate per 100,000 of population is 411, third highest in the nation, behind New York and Mississippi.
Arizona passed 10,000 deaths in January of 2021 and 20,000 deaths last October.
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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation that prohibits government agencies from requiring COVID-19 vaccinations and bars schools from mandating masks for students under age 18 unless their parents approve.
The federal mask mandate for travelers has ended after a judge struck down the requirement, saying it was unlawful. Much of the focus has been on planes, but this also impacts other public transportation, such as buses and light rail.
Uninsured people trying to get a COVID-19 test will have to pay out of pocket now that federal funding has ended. This has also caused Arizona's largest testing provider to close dozens of sites.