Arizona officials not alarmed by apparently negative COVID-19 trends

On Tuesday, the state reported more than 1,100 new cases, several hundred more than the previous highest daily report. That was followed by more than 900 new cases Wednesday.

By Kevin Stone | KTAR

Arizona officials aren’t sounding any alarms despite what appears to be multiple negative trends in the state’s coronavirus cases.

During a press conference Thursday, Gov. Doug Ducey and Health Director Dr. Cara Christ said recent rises in new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and positive test percentages aren’t unexpected or reason for concern.

On Tuesday, the state reported more than 1,100 new cases, several hundred more than the previous highest daily report. That was followed by more than 900 new cases Wednesday.

Ducey said the case increase was inevitable as the state has been conducting more tests, and it was no reason to reconsider his decision to let his stay-at-home order expire and allow most businesses to reopen.

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