Arizona ranks first in average daily cases in the United States

Arizona ranks first in the United States for the average daily number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to Monday’s data, Arizona has averaged 121.8 daily cases per 100,000 people in the last week. That number is nearly double the national average of 64.7 cases per capita.

California, which has implemented strict lockdown measures to slow the spread of the virus, ranks second after Arizona with 97.1 cases per 100,000.

Tennessee, South Carolina and Kansas round out the five highest daily cases in the country.

On Monday, Arizona health officials reported 5,158 new coronavirus cases and three additional deaths, bringing the state’s documented totals for the pandemic to 561,542 COVID-19 infections and 9,064 deaths.

Health officials also reported a daily record of 17,234 cases Sunday.

The surge in coronavirus numbers doesn’t take into account the wave of cases that health officials expect to see in the coming weeks after people likely traveled and met for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

Arizona’s weekly positivity percentage for COVID-19 diagnostic tests, an indicator of how much the virus is spreading in the community, soared to a record high last week, when 26% of people screened had a positive result. That’s 5 percentage points above the previous high mark.

The seven-day moving average for new cases reported by the health department soared to a new high of 8,863.86 for Sunday, dwarfing 8,000 for the first time, according to tracking by The Associated Press.

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