CASA GRANDE — Arizona and Pinal County continue to see a gradual decline in new coronavirus cases.
Health officials reported only 65 new cases in Pinal County Wednesday morning, with only eight in the three ZIP codes in Casa Grande. The total for Casa Grande now stands at 1,567.
The three ZIP codes in the San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area continue to be the hot spot in the county with 40 new cases reported for a total of 2,159. Maricopa, Pinal County’s second largest city, topped 1,000 total cases with 22 more reported Wednesday.
Arizona reported 2,339 new cases for a total of 168,273. A month ago the state averaged more than 3,000 cases a day. Health officials believe the closure of bars, gyms and water parks, along with community mask mandates, have contributed to the decline.
There were 46 new deaths reported in the state, bringing the total to 3,454.
In-patient hospitalizations, ventilators in use and intensive care unit occupancy also continued to trend downward slightly. Meanwhile, hospital capacity statewide remained steadily in the mid-80s in terms of percentage.
The coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, for most people.
For some people who contract the virus, especially those who are older or have underlying health conditions, it can cause more severe illness and death.
The vast majority of people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 recover.