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Arizona Residents Under 44 Make Up A Majority Of Coronavirus Cases

Arizona became the eighth state to cross the grim 100,000 coronavirus case mark on Monday. The demographic of those testing positive for the novel virus are young residents.

Arizona health officials say that younger people, not the elderly, make up the majority of the 101,441 reported coronavirus cases. 

The Arizona Department of Health Services said more than 62,000 of the cases are in people younger than 44. 

Health department director Dr. Cara Christ urged people to wear face coverings in public, maintain social distancing and avoid large gatherings. 

Last week, Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order that closed Arizona bars, gyms and movie theaters for at least three weeks.

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Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.