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Most states still fall short of recommended testing levels

A man is tested at a temporary COVID-19 test clinic during the coronavirus pandemic in Montreal, on Friday, May 15, 2020. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

FLORENCE — The number of coronavirus cases in Pinal County has now topped 700.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, as of Monday morning Pinal County had reported 702 positive COVID-19 cases, up nine from Sunday. Statewide the number of cases is now 14,170, up 233 from Sunday. More than 212,000 people have now been tested in Arizona for the virus with a 6% positive rate. In Pinal County, the positive rate is at 5.4% of 12,000 people who have been tested.

Deaths in the state went up six Monday from Sunday for a total of 686. No new deaths were reported in Pinal County.

Florence continues to be the hotspot in the county with 164 total cases reported.

The latest numbers come the weekend after the Arizona Department of Health Services began a two-week extension of a “testing blitz” for COVID-19. The extension started on Saturday with more than 70 sites in at least nine counties participating in the weekend event.

The department said testing was being made available for anyone who thinks they have been exposed and could be infected based on criteria set by each testing site.

The Navajo Nation, which sprawls over parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, reported 90 new cases of coronavirus Sunday, bringing the total number of cases on the huge reservation to 4,002. The total number of deaths as of Sunday was 140.

For most people, the new 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.

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