A new report says cases of COVID-19 fell in Arizona by 75-percent by late August, after stricter mitigation measures were put in place, which included the wearing of face coverings. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says they looked at Arizona’s daily cases and seven-day moving averages from January 22nd to August 7th. Average daily cases increased by about 151-percent from June 1st to June 15th. That’s when Governor Ducey announced the closure of restaurants, bars and other places where people gather in groups. The CDC says the number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona stabilized and then decreased after sustained implementation and enforcement of statewide and locally enhanced mitigation measures. Those began about two weeks after implementation and enforcement of mask mandates and enhanced sanitations practices that began on June 17th. From July 12th through August 7th, cases of COVID-19 in Arizona dropped off by 75-percent. The CDC says “mitigation measures, including mask mandates, that were implemented and enforced statewide appear to have been effective in decreasing the spread of COVID-19 in Arizona.”
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