National COVID-19 cases top 1.3 million with 79,756 deaths
Coconino County collected 413 COVID-19 specimens May 9 during its seconds testing blitz.
Specimens were collected at the Coconino County Health and Human Services location on King Street in Flagstaff and the remaining 149 were collected at Fort Tuthill County Park.
The Arizona Department of Health reported that across the state there have been 11,380 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 542 deaths as of May 11.
There are 713 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Coconino County and 56 deaths. In the greater Williams area cases remain between one and five. The state does not release specific numbers for zip codes with less than 10 cases.
Across the United States, including the District of Columbia and U.S. territories, there have been a total of 1,324,488 cases of coronavirus. There have been 79,756 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States.
There are 26 states with more than 10,000 cases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Gov. Doug Ducey announced a testing blitz last week, saying he hopes to test 10,000 to 20,000 people on each of three weekends.
Meanwhile, Ducey’s restrictions on businesses began to ease May 8 as barber shops and salons were allowed to re-open. Starting May 11, restaurants and coffee shops are allowed to offer dine-in options.Those businesses will be allowed to welcome customers inside starting May with social distancing and cleaning protocols.
Navajo Nation cases continue to rise
The Navajo Department of Health said there are 2,973 known coronavirus infections across the reservation as of May 9 and 98 people have died.
McKinley County, New Mexico has the highest number of cases on the Navajo Reservation with 808. This is followed by Apache County, Arizon with 762, Navajo County, Arizona with 623, Coconino County with 316, and San Juan County, New Mexico with 331.
Hopi Health Care Center has tested over 183 patients as of May 5. Over 52 of those tests were conducted at the Hopi Healthcare Center came back positive. Twenty-eight of those patients are from the Hopi Tribe. Of those positive tests, a handful are right on the Hopi reservation.
The Navajo reservation is continuing with 57-hour weekend curfews to help stem the spread of the virus. This includes all residents except essential workers, first responders and health care workers. Residents can leaves in cases of safety, health or medical emergencies. Anyone needing essential items such as food, water or livestock feed can call (928)871-6271 for assistance.
• COVID-19 testing is available this week for any person during the May 16 testing blitz conducted by Coconino County. A medical order is not necessary to be tested.
Additionally, weekday testing is available at Fort Tuthill County Park from 10am to 3pm.
• Coconino County assistance for rent, electric, gas, wood, water and propane available at (928) 679-7300.
• Coconino County WIC offers all services online or by phone to existing or new clients, (928) 679-7272.
COVID-19 health hotlines
• Coconino County COVID-19 hotline (928) 679-7300
• Northern Arizona Healthcare hotline at (928) 773-2301
The Williams-Grand Canyon News website has a COVID-19 webpage with recent coronavirus news stories and links to resources.
Visit williamsnews.com to and click on the COVID-19 banner to see a daily nationwide tracker of the virus, links to county and state resources and a list of local restaurants.
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