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Arizona officials: Most virus cases involve younger people

Arizona health officials say the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state has now surpassed 100,000, and younger people, not the elderly, make up more than half of them. Photo/AP.
Posted at 1:46 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 16:46:48-04

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials say the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state has now surpassed 100,000, and younger people, not the elderly, make up more than half of them.

The Arizona Department of Health Services said Monday that more than 62,000 of the 101,441 reported cases involve people younger than 44.

DHS Director Dr. Cara Christ says it’s people between 20 and 44 who can drive community spread of COVID-19. She urged the public to take simple precautions like wearing a face-covering and avoiding large gatherings. Last week, Gov. Doug Ducey ordered bars, gyms and movie theaters to close for three weeks in Arizona.