PHOENIX — Arizona continues to make progress in controlling the spread of the coronavirus, statistics show.

Only a few weeks ago, Arizona was leading the nation in coronavirus infections per capita. Facing a mounting crisis, Gov. Doug Ducey promoted mask wearing while allowing local governments to mandate them. He also rolled back some earlier reopenings and directed bars, indoor gyms, water parks and movie theaters to shut down again.

Now the number of patients hospitalized with the virus is starting to decline.

Arizona is now averaging 2,600 new cases a day, down from 3,800 earlier this month.

On Tuesday the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 2,107 new cases and 104 new deaths, about an 11% decline from two weeks earlier.

Pinal County reported 94 new cases for a total of 7,655. But Tuesday numbers usually reflect late testing results coming in over the weekend.

Casa Grande had 38 new cases in its three ZIP codes for a total of 1,559, while the San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area continues to be Pinal County's hot spot, reporting 69 new cases for a total of 2,107.

Cases are now plateauing at a level much higher than when Arizona initially shut down in March.

“We’ve stabilized at 95 miles an hour, and that is not the speed that we want to be going,” Dr. Joshua LaBaer, director of the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, told the New York Times. “Ideally, we don’t want this car moving at all.”

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