PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Arizona had more than 101,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to data from the Arizona Department of Health Services. The numbers are based on the day tested specimens were collected.
Not only did we see more COVID-19 cases in November than during the peak months of June and July, the November tally was higher than the previous three months -- August, September and October -- combined. That one month accounts for a little more than 28.2% of the state's total cases since the pandemic began.
- November: 101,297
- June: 80,850
- July: 79,965
- August + September + October: 66,981
- August: 20,321
- September: 15,714
- October: 30,856
The ADHS website notes that cases from the past four to seven days might not have been reported yet, so the November total could increase. On Saturday, ADHS added 6,799 new cases and 40 deaths to its dashboard. With the exception of Tuesday's reported 10,322 cases, which ADHS said included numbers delayed by the holiday weekend, Saturday's update is the highest single-day increase Arizona has seen, and it came on the heels of back-to-back 5,000+ days.
Just five days into December, there have been nearly 6,100 COVID-19 cases diagnosed.
Coronavirus testing also was at an all-time high in November, particularly in the days leading up to Thanksgiving.
- November: 592,029 tests
- July: 424,818 tests
- June: 422,745 tests
The state's weekly percent positivity has been steadily increasing since early October. It was at 12% the week before Thanksgiving (Nov. 15), which had the highest number of tests ever, and 15% the week of the holiday (Nov. 22).
- This week: 17% (of 82,615 tests as of Saturday morning)
- Week of Nov. 22: 15% (of 133,555 tests)
- Week of Nov. 15: 12% (of 157,913 tests)
- Week of Nov. 8: 11% (of 116,593 tests)
- Week of Nov. 1: 9% (of 109,993 tests)
"Each of us must take precautions as if we may be infected," Dr. Cara Christ, the head of ADHS, said via Twitter Saturday. "And we must act as though anyone we are around may be infected."
ADHS continues to advise people to wear masks "around anyone who isn't a member of your household, even those you know and trust," as well as physical distancing and proper hand washing.