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Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees gather in the yard at the Eloy Detention Center in this 2017 photo. As of Aug. 5, ICE reported 248 detainees at Eloy had tested positive for COVID-19, the third-highest among ICE facilities nationwide. (File photo by Charlene Santiago/Cronkite News)

ELOY — Pinal County continues to see a jump in coronavirus cases in its two communities that house various detention facilities.

On Friday Eloy, which is home to federal, state and private prisons, reported 62 new cases, bringing its total to 1,126, while Florence, which houses state and private prisons, saw 26 new cases for a total of 1,411.

That was the bulk of new cases in Pinal County on Friday as only 95 cases and one new death were reported countywide. Overall the county has reported 9,839 positive cases and 188 deaths.

On Thursday the county hit benchmarks to allow for the moderate opening of schools and businesses under certain conditions.

Statewide, Arizona health officials on Friday reported 728 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 41 additional deaths, increasing the state’s totals to 204,681 cases and 5,171 deaths.

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.

Seven-day rolling averages for daily new cases and daily deaths reported in Arizona through Thursday continued to decrease through the past two weeks. That's according to Johns Hopkins University data analyzed by The Associated Press.

The rolling average of daily new cases in Arizona went from 784 on Aug. 20 to 545 on Thursday as the rolling average for daily deaths went from 43 to 34.

Arizona was a national hot spot in June and July, with cases and deaths trending downward since. Declines in several COVID-19 hospitalization metrics slowed this week.

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.

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