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Virus Outbreak Tennessee

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, yellow, emerging from the surface of cells, pink, cultured in the lab. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Tennessee's Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey confirmed the state's first case of the new coronavirus. (NIAID-RML via AP)

FLORENCE — Two more deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported in Pinal County Friday morning as the number of cases countywide now tops 400.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, there have been 417 COVID-19 cases in the county, up 20 from Thursday, and 13 deaths.

Health officials don't release the location of deaths, but one was a death row inmate in the Arizona State Prison-Florence Complex, according to his defense attorney.

Alfonso Raymond Salazar died Thursday at a hospital from complications of COVID-19, said Dale Baich, a federal public defender whose office represented Salazar in an appeal.

Casa Grande continues to be the hot spot in the county as seven more cases were reported Friday. Eloy saw six more cases and is the first Pinal County community to top a case rate of 2.0 per 1,000 population. Eloy is home to a federal detention center and two state prisons that are counted in its general population.

Maricopa and San Tan Valley ZIP codes also saw three additional cases each.

Statewide, there have been just under 8,000 confirmed cases of the virus, but 314 new cases were reported Friday as the state ramps up testing. There have now been 330 deaths attributed to the virus, up 10 from the previous day.

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