Arizona weekly COVID-19 update adds 15,280 cases, 60 deaths

Linda Rider

Reported cases of COVID-19 in Arizona continue at relatively high levels, and the percentage of positive tests in the state is the highest reported since January, according to the state’s weekly update.

On Wednesday, health officials added 15,280 new COVID-19 cases and 60 new known deaths over the weeklong period ending July 9. June and July have seen relatively similar weekly case additions. 

Case counts are still far below the winter, state data shows. Case numbers in recent months likely are not showing the full picture of infections as many more people have used at-home test kits and may not report positive results to county health departments. 

Arizona like other states is seeing an ongoing case increase now largely driven by two contagious subvariants of the virus, BA.4 and BA.5, with BA.5 the more dominant of the two. It’s also likely contributing to reinfections given its contagiousness and ability to evade antibodies. 

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