Gov. Ducey talks about ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as number of new cases increase in Arizona – FOX 10 News Phoenix

COVID-19 is has returned, front and center, on the minds of many Arizonans as cases have started to climb again.

On Oct. 15, it was reported by state health officials that Arizona saw 1,113 new cases of COVID-19 being reported, with 17 new deaths. This marks one of the biggest increases since mid-September.

In addition, hospitalizations are also up slightly, and hundreds of students around the state have been forced to quarantine after exposures at their schools.

On Oct. 15, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey answered questions about the ongoing pandemic in Arizona.

During a meeting between Gov. Ducey and the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos met at the Phoenix International Academy, where they talked about the strides schools have made during the ongoing pandemic.

During the event, Gov. Ducey says the health and safety of kids is top priority, and schools have their protocols in place, such as wearing masks.

Gov. Ducey also stressed the importance of giving students options for in-person and online learning, so parents can choose at their level of comfortability, while adding that the product is better in classrooms.

Gov. Ducey was also asked about why there has been a big increase in cases.

“The increases, I believe, are coming from the 18-34 age bracket, college kids and young individuals that are out and about,” Ducey replied. “You remember the beginning of spring, we never had that spike until late June, early July, when we came inside because of triple-digit temperatures. I don’t want to guess, but our temps are turning to a favorable climate. It’s our opportunity now to spend more time outside.”

Gov. Ducey didn’t talk about any plans to roll back the openings, and asked Arizonans to remain vigilant.

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COVID-19 symptoms

Symptoms for coronavirus COVID-19 include fever, coughing, and shortness of breath. These, of course, are similar to the common cold and flu. 

Expect a common cold to start out with a sore or scratchy throat, cough, runny and/or stuffy nose. Flu symptoms are more intense and usually come on suddenly, and can include a high fever. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear more slowly. They usually include fever, a dry cough and noticeable shortness of breath, according to the World Health Organization. A minority of cases develop pneumonia, and the disease is especially worrisome for the elderly and those with other medical problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes or heart conditions.

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COVID-19 resources

CDC Website for COVID-19 (In Spanish/En Español)

AZDHS Website for COVID-19 (In Spanish/En Español)