The data is clear: Arizona has turned a corner on the novel coronavirus.
The number of cases and deaths has almost dropped to levels seen in April, according to data reported by the state. While July was a period of turbulence on both fronts, Arizona has since seen a dramatic decline.
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An epi-curve of figures reported by the state in August shows that daily confirmed cases have continued to decline, gradually declining to around 1,200 new cases at the start of the month. New daily infections in April remained below 500.
Meanwhile, the number of daily deaths remained below 56 in August – a drop from daily deaths reaching almost 100 in mid-July, according to the epi-curve.
Holly Poynter, public information manager at the Arizona Department of Health Services, confirmed to Fox News in an email that the epi-curve data “gives a clear picture of trends in Arizona. and prevent spikes due to delays in data communication. ”
Meanwhile, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced he would remove five states from New York’s travel advisories list, easing quarantine restrictions on visitors to areas previously considered hotbeds for the coronavirus. Grand Canyon State was one of the five nixed on the Governor’s List.
“New Yorkers have made huge sacrifices to keep our numbers as low as they are today, and we don’t want to give up an inch of this hard-earned progress,” Cuomo said in a statement. “That’s why this travel advice is so important – we don’t want people traveling to states with high community spread to bring the virus back here.
While Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ordered bars, gyms, theaters and other establishments to close in June, he stopped ahead of a statewide mask tenure, leaving local governments are responsible for determining policy, implementation and enforcement. The Republican governor has been criticized for failing to mandate the masks to slow the spread of the virus.
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Maricopa County, for example, home to Phoenix, has by far the highest number of cases in the state, and its county-wide mask mandate remains in place as cases continue to decline, wrote a media.
“The state has turned a corner and I think public health has played a major role,” said Dr Marc Siegel, practicing internist and medical contributor for Fox News. Siegel said the drop in the status of cases, hospitalizations and deaths is “partly due” to public health measures, including mask warrants, business closures and better public messaging.
However, he questioned whether the virus had made its way into susceptible populations, which he said could have “led to a decline”.
At a press conference last week, Ducey discussed some of the latest figures, such as the drop in the percentage of positivity, the drop in the percentage of ‘COVID-like’ illnesses to 4.1%, from 21% in June, and a declining trend in hospital beds used by coronavirus patients. At that time, he noted that the virus’s reproduction rate (RO, pronounced R-nothing, according to Reuters) was “tied for the second lowest in the country” at 0.84, adding that a figure less than 1 means that the virus will spread slowly.
“This is all good news. This is all good data and it is a good reason for people to be hopeful and optimistic about the future, ”Ducey said at the press conference. “At the same time, we want to be cautious and keep doing what works. ”
According to this continuously updated figure, Arizona now has the lowest virus reproduction rate in the country at around 0.75, while South Dakota has the highest at around 1.23.
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Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran and Louis Casiano contributed to this report.