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Feds See Encouraging COVID-19 Trends In Sonora, 5 Other States

Sonora, Arizona’s neighbor to the south, is showing promising trends in the country’s coronavirus outbreak.

It’s one of six states that has had consistently declining case figures in recent weeks, according Ricardo Cortes, the federal health promotion director.

“From last week to the week we’re analyzing now, a decline of 18%,” he said of what federal data on Sonora show.

The federal government estimates that there are now fewer than 1,000 active cases in the state, according to Cortes.

Sonora is currently considered orange according to the four-color federal semáforo — or traffic light — rating system. That means that nonessential businesses can operate at substantially reduced capacity.

Cortes says the six states with substantial drops could soon pass to yellow, which would mean further loosening of restrictions.

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Murphy Woodhouse was a senior field correspondent at KJZZ from 2018 to 2023.