PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 939 new coronavirus cases Thursday morning, Arizona's statewide total is now at 812,907 cases.
ADHS added 121 deaths to its dashboard Thursday morning. A total of 15,814 people have died from COVID-19 in Arizona.
January has replaced December as the deadliest month of the pandemic. In December, 3,231 deaths were recorded, while 4,164 deaths were recorded in January. At least 1,216 people have died so far in February.
ADHS says on any given day, illnesses diagnosed in the previous four to seven days might not be reported yet. Here are the latest case totals:
- February (so far) -> 39,364
- January -> 198,758
- December -> 218,548
- November -> 103,851
- June -> 81,274
- July -> 80,081
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Arizona has hit "substantial" spread levels for COVID-19
Arizona health officials reported Christmas Eve morning that the state has now reached "substantial" spread levels in all categories.
Arizona health officials reported Thursday morning that the state has now reached "substantial" spread levels in all categories.
This means that there are more than 100 cases per 100,000 people, a higher than 10% positivity rate and more than 10% of hospital visits are for COVID-like illnesses.
For businesses however, Dr. Cara Christ with the Arizona Department of Health Services, said Friday that she changed those guidelines. Those changes essentially guarantee that places like bars and restaurants will stay open for the duration of the pandemic, no matter how bad our numbers get.
Arizona changes guidelines
While other states place new restrictions on businesses to fight against the coronavirus, that will not be the case in Arizona.
Over the summer, the state set up benchmarks for businesses to safely reopen, but now, with cases rising, the state will not be using them.
The state's top health official acknowledged that she changed the guidelines, which are used to determine whether businesses should stay open during this pandemic. Those changes essentially guarantee that places like bars and restaurants will stay open for the duration of the pandemic, no matter how bad our numbers get.
"There are other strategies that may come in before that, before we would recommend closing," Dr. Cara Christ, head of the Arizona Department of Health Services, said Friday when asked at what point she would recommend closing businesses.
This information is updated when the Arizona Department of Health Services releases new data, which happens every day at about 8:15 a.m.