PHOENIX (AP) — Some Arizona hospitals have halted elective surgeries and a Scottsdale nightclub faces what appears to be the first misdemeanor charge of failure to enforce social distancing policies as the number of COVID-19 cases keeps rising after Republican Gov. Doug Ducey lifted stay-home restrictions in May.
Health officials attribute the increase in reported cases to increased testing and community spread.
The state Department of Health Services reported 3,056 additional COVID-19 cases Thursday, the fourth day in a week with daily increases over 3,000. The state has seen 63,030 cases with 1,490 deaths, including 27 reported Thursday.