Coronavirus, COVID 19

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML via AP)

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Arizona has increased to 508, up from 401, officials said Thursday. 

There have been eight known COVID-19 deaths in Arizona, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The case count includes 75 in Pima County, according to the state. Two people in Pima County have died.

ADHS has updated the community transmission level of coronavirus to "widespread" in Arizona. 

"Widespread transmission indicates that cases have been confirmed in twelve or more counties throughout the state," a news release says, adding that there are cases in 13 Arizona counties.

The Pima County Health Department’s website says the cases include 25 patients between the ages of 18 and 40 years old, 26 patients between ages 41 and 65, and 18 patients ages 66 and older. The ages of six patients are currently unknown.

“As testing increases, we expect the number of positive cases to continue rising," Gov. Doug Ducey said on Twitter on Sunday. “It’s important that everyone takes this seriously.”


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Contact reporter Gloria Knott at gknott@tucson.com or 573-4235. On Twitter: @gloriaeknott