Arizona has 'lost control of the epidemic' as it becomes a new coronavirus epicenter, experts say
A Sun Tran employee is offering passengers free masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on June 20, 2020 at the bus station in downtown Tucson, Arizona, USA.
REUTERS / Cheney Orr
Arizona saw an increase in COVID-19 cases this month, with 3,056 new cases on Thursday alone.
Public health experts and local officials told the Washington Post that Arizona had mistreated and reopened the pandemic too quickly.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said Thursday that he had "interrupted" the reopening of the state.
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The number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona continues to grow, and experts say the state has "lost" control over the use of the virus.
Arizona is now considered the epicenter of the virus after 63,030 cases of COVID-19 and 1,490 deaths from COVID-19 have occurred. 3,056 new cases were reported on Thursday alone, and there were more per capita cases in Arizona than in many countries around the world.
"Arizona has lost control of the epidemic," said Disease Tracker at the Philadelphia Children's Hospital in a briefing on Wednesday, the Washington Post said.
The hospital said that Maricopa County, where Phoenix is located, records up to 2,000 cases a day.
The persecutors said the number "outshines the New York boroughs even on their worst days," although at the height of New York City officials recorded more than 4,000 cases a day and some days more than 6,000.
While New York City almost contained the virus with just 85 new cases on Tuesday, COVID-19 is still spreading in many parts of the country.
According to The Post, young people have been severely affected by the recent spread of the virus. Public health experts and local officials told the Washington Post that Arizona had failed to take reasonable steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially after the government began reopening stores.
"We have failed on so many levels," Dana Marie Kennedy, director of AARP in Arizona, told The Post.
Arizona is not the only one to see an increase in COVID 19 cases - Florida and Texas are among several states that have seen an increase since they reopened.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with increasing numbers of cases, have instructed states to wait 14 days for cases to fall before reopening.
Since the surge of cases, many cities in Arizona have closed bars, issued mask orders, and pushed people to social distance.
On June 17, Arizona announced a corona virus action plan that would increase testing, improve contact tracking, and improve community confinement policies.
And while Governor Doug Ducey announced plans to reopen the economy days later, he recently opposed his plans.
Ducey said Arizona's plan to reopen the economy was "on pause" as coronavirus case numbers "continue to go in the wrong direction."
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