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 on Sunday reported 742 new confirmed coronavirus cases with three additional deaths.

Officials with the Arizona Department of Health Sciences said there have now been 231,149 COVID-19 cases — with nearly 150,000 coming in Maricopa County — and 5,827 deaths statewide since the pandemic began.

Pinal County reported 27 new cases Sunday brining the total to 11,334.

They said Arizona is seeing a slow increase in the average number of coronavirus cases since a decline that lasted through August and September appears to be ending.

Arizona was a national hotspot for the virus in June and early July, but numbers began to drop last month.

Thursday saw the first daily tally above 1,000 in a month.

The number of Arizona’s confirmed or suspected COVID-19 hospital inpatients dropped to 714 Sunday after hitting 757 the day before, which was a high for the month so far.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death. The vast majority of people recover, however.

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