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Experts Predict Second Arizona Shutdown As Coronavirus Cases Increase

Last week,  Arizona passed 1,000 COVID-19 deaths, placing the state among the top 25 for fatalities per 1 million residents.

There has been a spike in coronavirus cases since social distancing restrictions were lifted last month, leading some experts to believe there could be a second shutdown.

“When you look at the data, and look at the number of tests and the percentage of positive tests, it’s very clear that it’s a real increase in community spread," said Will Humble, executive director for the Arizona Public Health Association. "It’s not some artifact of additional testing.”

Humble says while protesting might’ve contributed to the rise in cases, there is still a much lower chance of catching the virus outside.

In order to prevent the spread and avoid another shutdown, Humble says there needs to be more focus on infection control in assisted living facilities and a specific mitigation policy in place for each city.

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Harry Croton is a graduate student at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He joined KJZZ as an intern in 2020.Croton attended San Francisco State University and earned a degree in business administration. After working in the Bay Area for two years, he realized his true passion was broadcasting and moved to southern Oregon to begin a career in sports media. He was a commentator and journalist for Table Rock Sports in Medford and eventually moved back to his hometown of Santa Barbara, California, to work for the local summer collegiate baseball club.He is now pursuing a master's degree in sports journalism and is determined to learn how to document and produce all types of news. He writes for the sports desk at the ASU's State Press and hosts two shows on Blaze Radio, the university's student-run radio station.In his free time, Croton enjoys playing music, watching baseball, cooking and traveling.