All Arizona counties as of Thursday met the benchmarks for reopening businesses, including indoor gyms and fitness centers, bars serving food and movie theaters, that were shut down because of COVID-19.
The Arizona Department of Health Services, which gave the announcement Thursday morning, said the milestone was a reflection of the “continuing decline of COVID-19’s community spread across Arizona.”
As of Thursday, identified coronavirus cases in Arizona were at 219,212 and known deaths were at 5,674.
The number of patients hospitalized statewide for known or suspected COVID-19 was at 620 on Wednesday, continuing an uptick from 560 inpatients on Tuesday, 540 on Monday and 468 on Sunday. Inpatient numbers look to be possibly plateauing and now increasing slightly, but more time is needed to point to a trend.
During the peak of Arizona’s surge in July, the number of hospitalized patients suspected or confirmed to have the virus exceeded