PHOENIX — The Casa Grande-Eloy-Arizona City area continues to be the hot spot for new coronavirus cases in Pinal County.
There were 35 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the ZIP codes from the area Monday morning. Casa Grande had 19 new cases, bringing its total to 527. Eloy had 10 new cases for a total of 427, while Arizona City went up six cases, bringing its total to 105.
Pinal County overall had 102 new cases reported, bringing its total to 2,459. No new deaths were reported Monday in the county.
The virus is having a wider reach in the county. Superior saw 13 new cases reported Monday. The number of cases in the northern Pinal County community doubled over the weekend to 34.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the state now has 54,586 reported cases of the virus, up 2,196 since Sunday. Three more deaths were reported Monday, bringing the statewide total to 1,342.
The state’s surge in additional cases the past week set daily records for hospitalizations, ventilator use and use of intensive care beds for coronavirus patients.
Arizona hit a daily new-case record of 3,246 on Friday.
The state has emerged as a COVID-19 national hot spot since Republican Gov. Doug Ducey lifted his stay-home orders in mid-May.
Health officials have attributed the new cases to increased testing and to community spread of the virus.
Saying that data trends were headed in the wrong direction, Ducey last week reversed himself and allowed local governments to impose requirements for people to wear masks in public to curtail spread of the virus. Most cities and counties have done that.
For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.