PHOENIX (AP) — Cases of COVID-19 in Arizona have spiked more than 50% in one day, the state Department of Health reported Monday.
It reported 235 cases in the state, up from 152 on Sunday.
Two men, one in his 70s and one in his 50s, have died. Both had underlying conditions.
The spike came as Banner Health opened several coronavirus testing sites in the state.
The Arizona-based health care provider announced that three drive-up sites in metro Phoenix and one in Tucson was up and running. More were in the works.
People who believe they may need testing must first call a hotline to talk to medical personnel. If they are found to meet the criteria, they will be assigned an appointment time at a drive-thru site. Once at the site, clinic staff will take a swab from a patient's nose. The entire process takes between five and 20 minutes.
Coconino County officials announced late Sunday that they were closing one of its two drive-up specimen collection sites because the county didn’t have enough supplies and resources for both. The remaining one at Coconino Community College has more limited hours, and officials say it will be open as long as supplies are available.
Gov. Doug Ducey announced a series of executive orders last week, including shutting down bars and dine-in options in counties with confirmed cases, designed to slow the spread of the virus.
People have tested positive in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, including 139 cases in Maricopa County, the state’s most populous.
On Saturday, the health department launched it's Spanish-language webpage after coming under criticism for a lack of information in the country's second-most spoken language. Ducey has also begun tweeting information about the virus in Spanish.
For most people, the virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, older adults and people with health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.
The vast majority of people recover from the virus.