Maricopa testing blitz

Cars line up for a free COVID-19 testing blitz at Maricopa’s Copper Sky Regional Park on Saturday.

PHOENIX — The San Carlos Apache Tribe is housing all members who have tested positive for COVID-19, and those exposed to it, at the Apache Gold Hotel and Casino in San Carlos, ABC15 reported.

David Reede, executive director of the tribe’s health services, acknowledged some complaints about the situation and said health officials are “finding resistance” as they isolate individuals. As of July 18, the tribe had had 90 cases and seven COVID-19 related deaths.

On Tuesday the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 3,500 more cases of the virus, bringing the statewide total to 148,683. Health officials also reported 134 new deaths, bringing the total to 2,918.

Pinal County reported 223 new cases for a total of 6,874, and five new deaths bringing the total to 109.

The San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area continues to be Pinal County's hot spot with 69 new cases reported for a total of 1,878. Casa Grande had 34 new cases in its three ZIP codes, bringing its total to 1,403, while the city of Maricopa saw 25 new cases for a total of 865.

Pinal County's total Tuesday may be for a two-day period as no new cases were reported Monday.

Meanwhile, the number of in-patient hospitalizations, ICU bed occupancy and ventilator use due to COVID-19 were about the same or slightly lower than the previous day. In terms of in-patient bed availability, the state's hospitals are at 83% capacity. ICU bed capacity is up to 85%.

Arizona had been experiencing some of the highest rates of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the country since Gov. Doug Ducey lifted a stay-at-home order in mid-May.

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.

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