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Sonora Surpasses 20,000 Coronavirus Cases

Health officials in neighboring Sonora, Mexico announced Saturday night that the state has now surpassed 20,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

With nearly 550 new cases and 50 deaths Saturday, the total of confirmed coronavirus cases in Sonora reached 20,022.

"Please, stay home. And if you leave, use a face covering, respect social distancing," Sonora Health Secretary Enrique Clausen urged during a press conference Saturday night, adding that the spread of the virus in Sonora remains alarmingly high.

While Sonora’s confirmed total of COVID-19 cases is far below Arizona’s more than 178,000 confirmed cases, Sonora has also conducted much less testing — about 29,500 tests compared to the more than 1.18 million tests conducted in Arizona.

Based on reported data and populations estimates, Sonora has a higher death rate than Arizona, with about 61 deaths confirmed COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 residents compared to upwards of 51 deaths per 100,000 in Arizona as of Sunday.

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Kendal Blust was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.