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Arizona coronavirus death toll up to 5; cases increase to 326

Arizona’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak is up to five, Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday morning.

The previously known count was three.

Ducey said the total was up to five during an interview on KTAR News 92.3 FM’s The Mike Broomhead Show.

That figure was later confirmed in the daily update on Arizona Department of Health Services website.

The department also reported that the state now has 326 cases, up from 234 the previous morning.

“They’re going to continue to rise for some time,” Ducey said of the numbers.

Federal and state officials have said an increased capacity to administer and process tests will result in a sharp increase in the rate of new cases in the coming days, so it’s unclear how much of the increase is due to spread of the virus and how much to the boost in testing.

Maricopa County saw a 61% case increase in the past day from 139 to 199. With one new death, the Phoenix area has three COVID-19 fatalities.

To help contain the spread of COVID-19 and other diseases spread through respiratory droplets, including the flu, health officials have issued the following recommendations:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Refrain from touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Don’t make close contact with sick individuals.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue away.
  • Clean and disinfect objects that are frequently touched.
  • If someone in your family tested postive for COVID-19, keep that entire household at home.
  • Recommendations to cancel or postpone mass gatherings of 10 or more people
 

This article was originally published on ktar.com

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