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 continues to see a slow yet steady increase in the average number of coronavirus cases reported each day as a decline that lasted through August and September reverses.

The state Health Services Department on Friday reported 738 new virus cases, bringing the total since the pandemic hit to 228,486. The state also reported 17 new deaths, bringing the total to 5,806.

Pinal County reported 39 new cases, bringing the total to 11,242.

Arizona was a national hot spot for the virus in June and early July, with more than 3,000 new cases a day regularly being reported. That dropped to well below 500 per day last month.

But the average daily number is now increasing, bringing warnings from some health experts. The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Arizona has risen over the past two weeks from 480 new cases per day on Oct. 1 to 764 on Thursday.

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

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.

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