Public Health Expert: Arizona Needs To Mandate Masks, Close More High-Risk Businesses

By Lauren Gilger
Published: Monday, July 27, 2020 - 11:54am
Updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 - 9:49am

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A mask sign at a school in Phoenix.

The Arizona Department of Health Services recorded another 1,813 new cases of COVID-19 July 27, bringing the total number of cases to nearly 164,000. More than 22,500 tests were administered in Arizona between July 19 and 25 — they returned a positivity rate of 13%.

The state reported no deaths due to COVID-19 in the 24 hours since July 26. To date, 3,304 Arizonans have died because of the virus.

For more on what we’re seeing at this point in the pandemic — and whether there is any light at the end of the tunnel — The Show spoke with Dr. Farshad Fani Marvasti, otherwise known as Dr. Shad.

Dr. Shad is the director of public health, prevention and health promotion at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine Phoenix.

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