Number of coronavirus cases in Arizona now up to 18

Mar 16, 2020

Health officials say there are now 18 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

A map of coronavirus cases as of March 16, 2020
Credit www.azdhs.gov/covid19

The Arizona Department of Health Services posted the new figure on it's website Monday.

Six of the new presumptive cases were found through testing from a commercial laboratory, not a state lab. 

The agency said via Twitter that it recently expanded testing to third-party entities. 

The department is also no longer reporting the number of pending tests. Third-party labs are not required to disclose those to the state.

Eight of the cases are in Maricopa County, five in Pinal County, four in Pima County and one in Graham County.

There are still no reported cases in northern Arizona.