Crist not sure of origin of coronavirus case increase

Contributed Photo. Dr. Cara Crist, Arizona Department of Health Services director

PHOENIX — State officials are officially acknowledging that the number of cases of COVID-19 statewide are on the rise, but Dr. Cara Crist said what is causing that increase is still to be determined.

“We are seeing an increase in cases. I think we would have to go back — we know that we’ve got a little bit of a reporting lag — so we would have to go back and see where the majority of those cases, if they’re coming from the specific targeted testing that we’re looking at or if looks like it is community spread. And I don’t have the answer to that question right now, but we are continuing to monitor,” Crist said.

Since the governor allowed the stay-at-home executive order to expire May 15, Arizona has seen 8,752 new positive cases of COVID-19, including a record high of 1,127 reported June 2.

There have been 22,753 cases and 996 deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic.