PHOENIX — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Eloy more than doubled overnight, health officials reported Wednesday morning.
According to data released by the Arizona Department of Health Services, the number of cases in the 85131 ZIP code in Eloy went from the 1-5 range Tuesday to 12 on Wednesday.
Eloy is home to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-operated Eloy Detention Center, which had reported previous confirmed cases among illegal migrant detainees. But health officials did not indicate if the new cases were in the center or not. ICE officials could not be reached for comment.
With the new data, Eloy's rate of infection rose from 0.05% on Tuesday to 0.62% per 1,000 population, making it the second highest rate in the county behind San Tan Valley at 0.71% per 1,000 population.
Pinal County had 182 confirmed cases, up from 175 on Tuesday. Casa Grande had one additional case in the 85122 ZIP code from the previous day, while Maricopa ZIP codes added at least two more cases overall.
Statewide, there were 3,962 confirmed cases Wednesday with 142 deaths, up from 3,806 cases reported Tuesday with 131 deaths.
The 11 deaths reported Wednesday were in Maricopa, Pima, Coconino and Navajo counties.
For most people, the 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.
Wednesday Gov. Doug Ducey announced buildings and structures around the state will be lit blue as a symbol of support for Arizona’s frontline medical workers and emergency responders battling COVID-19.
As part of the campaign, buildings like the Arizona Capitol, executive tower, Phoenix Children’s Hospital, cities of Phoenix, Tempe and Tucson, State Farm at Tempe Town Lake and more will be lit blue, along with the hashtag #LightAZBlue.
“Arizona is immensely grateful to our frontline medical workers and all the men and women who have stepped up to keep others safe and healthy,” Ducey said. “They are heroes. Their efforts are saving lives, and Arizona salutes their service during this critical time.”