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Arizona Releases New Demographic Information On Virus Deaths

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Arizona has started releasing more detailed demographic information about the spread of the Coronavirus.

The information released Sunday suggests a heavy toll among the elderly, men and Native Americans. Also on Sunday, health officials released infection data by zip code along with the statewide availability of health care resources including ventilator breathing machines.

Deaths linked to the pandemic increased to 115 statewide as confirmed infections rose to 3,539. According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, men account for 63% of the death toll statewide so far.

The number of coronavirus cases on the Navajo Nation jumped by 17% Saturday as the community prepares to receive new rapid-test kits.  The Navajo Nation says the number of cases increased to 698 Saturday, up 101 from the day before. So far, a total of 24 people died from complications of COVID-19 on the reservation that covers a large swath of northern Arizona and parts of New Mexico and Utah.

Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer said in a written news release they have been told that Abbott ID rapid test kits will become available at Navajo Area IHS facilities and tribal health care centers within the next few days.

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