Coronavirus

This illustration, created at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. Note the spikes that adorn the outer surface of the virus, which impart the look of a corona surrounding the virion, when viewed electron microscopically. A novel coronavirus, named Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), was identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019. The illness caused by this virus has been named coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials have reported 461 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 along with 22 more deaths.

The state Department of Health Services posted the latest state coronavirus data Thursday morning.

Eloy reported 74 new cases for a total of 1,343. Pinal County now has reported 10,142 cases.

A national virus hotspot in June and July, Arizona continues to show significant decreases in cases and other virus-related metrics. The number of patients hospitalized showed another day of a slight decline.

In total, Arizona has now seen 207,002 positive cases of COVID-19 and a death toll of 5,273.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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