FLORENCE — Health officials reported Tuesday another death from COVID-19 in Pinal County, bringing the total to five in the county since the start of the outbreak.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, there were 175 confirmed cases in Pinal County as of Tuesday morning, up from 171 cases Monday.
Statewide there were 3,806 cases reported by Tuesday with 131 deaths, up from 3,702 cases and 122 deaths reported Monday.
Two of the new Pinal County cases were reported in the 85122 ZIP code in Casa Grande, while one each was reported in Florence and San Tan Valley.
The Pinal County Health Department said the most recent death was a person over 65 years of age, which was also the case with two other deaths. The remaining two deaths in the county came to individuals 45-64 years of age.
Health officials said there are still currently nine Pinal residents in ICU at area hospitals with COVID-19.
A third inmate at Arizona State Prison in Florence has tested positive for COVID-19, bringing the facility's total to three. Combined with the three positive tests at the neighboring Eyman complex, Florence now has six of the 10 COVID-19 cases in the state prison system.
For most people, the new 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.
In another development, Mesa would keep its libraries, art center, museums and parks and recreation facilities closed through September under a recommendation of the city manager, The Arizona Republic reported.
City Manager Chris Brady recommended to the City Council that the departments running those facilities remain closed through at least Oct. 1, primarily to save money but also for public health reasons.
Mesa is Arizona's third most populous city.