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Half of Arizona counties seeing substantial virus spread

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Posted at 12:40 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 14:40:03-05

PHOENIX (AP) — State health officials say half of the counties in Arizona are seeing a “substantial” spread of COVID-19.

Weekly metrics released Thursday by the Arizona Department of Health Services listed eight counties, including Pima, in southern and eastern Arizona with a substantial number of cases.

Arizona’s other seven counties, including Maricopa, remained classified as moderate.

The figures show 5,817 new confirmed cases and 147 more deaths throughout the state.

Gov. Doug Ducey has resisted a return to business closures and a stay-home order he imposed in the early stages of the outbreak, saying it’s up to people to take personal responsibility for slowing the spread.