President Trump is visiting Arizona today, despite ongoing concerns about an uptick in coronavirus cases in the state.
He will be participating in a border security roundtable in Yuma and head to a section of the border wall. Later in the day, he will be participating in an indoor rally in Phoenix.
Arizona is seeing a rise in new reported cases compared to the previous week, according to John Hopkins University data. Arizona is reporting 3,591 new cases of Covid-19 as well as 42 deaths from the disease over the last 24 hours, state data shows.
Today’s numbers are a new record high for both new daily cases and deaths since the state started posting data publicly in mid-March.
Arizona is also reporting that it conducted 15,940 new tests for the infection in the last 24 hours.
The state has been battling a surge in Covid-19 cases and had nine days in the last two weeks where there were more than 1,500 new cases being reported by Arizona’s Department of Health Services.
The state has also been reporting that more than 80% of its available intensive care hospital beds have been in use since last week.
Last Wednesday, Gov. Doug Ducey announced that the state would allow local communities to require masks in public if they choose, but would not issue a statewide order.
“We knew that when we lifted the stay-at-home order, we would have an increase in cases,” Ducey said yesterday afternoon. “The objective has always been that we could slow the virus.”