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Arizona Counties Clear Marks For Partial Business Reopenings

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Arizona reported 705 additional COVID-19 cases and 24 more deaths as health officials said Thursday all 15 counties have cleared state benchmarks for partial reopening of certain businesses during the coronavirus outbreak.

Arizona’s statewide total increased to 219,212 cases and the death toll rose to 5,674. The Department of Health Services said the classification of largely rural Graham County in southeastern Arizona improved to “moderate transmission stage." That made it the final county to meet benchmarks for reopening businesses such as indoor gyms and fitness centers, bars serving food and movie theaters. One county, tiny Greenlee in southeastern Arizona, is at “minimal” status, the highest step below normal conditions.

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