COVID-19 Case Update: Arizona Numbers Continue to Rise
Arizona on Wednesday reported more than 3,200 additional COVID-19 cases and 10 more virus-related deaths as rolling averages for cases and deaths continued to climb during the current surge. Johns Hopkins University data shows that Arizona’s seven-day rolling average of daily new cases rose over the past two weeks by more than 600. The rolling average of daily deaths rose from about 17 deaths to more than 24 during the same period. A judge has scheduled a Sept. 13 hearing for arguments in a lawsuit challenging new Arizona laws restricting the power of local governments and school districts to impose COVID-19 requirements.
The Navajo Nation on Wednesday reported 57 new COVID-19 cases _ 20 more than the previous day _ plus one more death. Tribal President Jonathan Nez has said all Navajo Nation executive branch employees will need to be fully vaccinated against the virus that causes COVID-19 by the end of September or be required to submit to regular testing. Any worker who does not show proof of vaccination by Sept. 29 must be tested every two weeks or face discipline.