Arizona reports nearly 3,000 more COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths

FILE - In this June 27, 2020, file photo, people are tested in their in vehicles in Phoenix's western neighborhood of Maryvale with free COVID-19 tests. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered the state's hospitals, testing labs and other health care facilities to keep reporting detailed COVID-19 information. The move was made so state officials can gauge the spread of the outbreak and availability of hospital beds and resources. Ducey on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2020, extended the reporting requirement for 60 days.

PHOENIX (AP) — About 10% of Maricopa County residents have been infected with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to a new serosurvey released Monday.

The serosurvey from the county’s Department of Public Health in partnership with Arizona State University and the Mayo Clinic estimated that about 470,000 people in the Phoenix metro area have contracted the coronavirus.

The 11-day serosurvey was conducted in mid-September and randomly selected 260 participants in 169 households from across the county to test for virus antibodies.

Meanwhile, Arizona health officials on Monday reported 1,476 new COVID-19 cases but no additional deaths.

The state Department of Health Services released its latest coronavirus figures as the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, including ventilator use, continues to trend upward.

The total number of confirmed infections in Arizona since the pandemic started now stands at 276,912, with 6,302 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.

Arizona’s outbreak bottomed out in September but has steadily worsened through October and into November.

Health officials have said the recent surge is tied to factors including businesses and schools reopening and public fatigue with precautions such as mask-wearing.

Warning that conditions likely will get worse because of Thanksgiving gatherings and other socializing, officials advise people to avoid gathering with those outside their households. They also urge people to wear masks in public, practice social distancing, wash hands frequently and stay home when sick.

In other developments:

— Arizona Rep. Debbie Lesko’s office said Monday that she will quarantine for two weeks after recently coming into contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19. The Republican congresswoman said she is feeling no symptoms but will quarantine as a precaution. She will remain in her Peoria home instead of traveling to Washington, D.C., as planned.

— The Arizona Education Association launched a petition Monday demanding Gov. Doug Ducey implement a statewide COVID-19 plan to keep schools safe. The association said it previously sent letters to the governor’s office in August and October calling for a statewide plan “that is transparent and accountable, prioritizes school safety and ensures students and educators are working and learning in safe and just schools.” One of the things the association is seeking is a mandate that masks are to be worn statewide in schools and on buses until the end of the school year.

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This story has been corrected to show that a serosurvey was conducted.

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