COVID-19 cases in Arizona skyrocket 295% in August

Business News | 31 Aug |

Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona reached 1,007,854 on Sunday, August 29, an increase of 2,090 from the previous day, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services. The state;s daily average for new cases in August is nearly triple the numbers from July and the highest daily average since January.

Even though the COVID-19 vaccine has been implemented and 55.8% of Arizonans are now vaccinated, Arizona is seeing numbers skyrocket again after six months of progress.

JANUARY: Arizona averaged 7,683 new cases per day.

FEBRUARY: Arizona averaged 2,074 cases per day — a 73 percent drop from January.

MARCH: The state averaged 807 new cases per day — a 61 percent drop from February.

APRIL: Arizona averaged 685 new COVID-19 cases per day, a drop of 15 percent from March numbers.

MAY: The state averaged of 612 new cases per day, an 11 percent drop from April.

JUNE: Arizona averaged 436 new cases per day, a 30 percent drop from the May average.

JULY: Arizona averaged 947 new cases per day, a 117 percent jump from June numbers.

AUGUST: The state is averaging 2,795 new cases per day, a 295% increase from July.

Meanwhile, the number of deaths attributed to COVID-19 cases in Arizona stands at 18,787 after eight new deaths were reported.

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Cronkite News has been tracking the progress of the disease since the first case was reported in the state in late January 2020. This chart, which looks at new cases and deaths reported by the Arizona Department of Health Services, is updated daily.

COVID-19 is a serious disease that can be fatal in anyone, especially our elderly population and people with underlying health conditions. ADHS advises everyone to take precautions:

The best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Wear a mask when you are in close proximity to other people.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the trash.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

COVID-19 spreads through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Symptoms are thought to appear within two to 14 days after exposure and consist of fever, cough, runny nose, and difficulty breathing. For people with mild illness, individuals are asked to stay home, drink plenty of fluids, and get rest. For people with more severe symptoms, such as shortness of breath, individuals are advised to seek healthcare.

ADHS activated its Health Emergency Operations Center on January 27th after the first case of travel-associated COVID-19 was confirmed in Arizona. The Health Emergency Operations Center remains open to coordinate the State’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak. For more information about the COVID-19 response in Arizona, go online to

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