PHOENIX — The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Arizona, which leads the U.S. in new cases per capita, has now surpassed 100,000. State health officials said Monday that younger people have comprised more than half of them.
The Department of Health Services said in a statement that more than 62,000 of the 101,441 reported cases involve people younger than 44.
Director Dr. Cara Christ said it’s those between ages 20 and 44 who can drive community spread of COVID-19.
Arizona continues to remain high in terms of positive tests and coronavirus hospitalizations. While the test positivity rate nationwide is around 9%, Arizona’s is at around 13.4%. The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients on Sunday was 3,212, a new high according to state data. Hospital capacity statewide is currently around 89%.