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Negative Tests To Be Required For Sonoran Beach Access

To get to the state’s famous beach destinations — like San Carlos or Kino Bay — state authorities are going to ask for proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test, no older than 72 hours. Proof of a hotel reservation or similar lodging arrangement will also be needed. The requirements will start this Friday and last until April 11.

“It’s increasing too quickly,” said Sonoran Health Secretary Enrique Clausen of the COVID test positivity rate.

Health authorities fear a third wave brought on by travel during the coming weeks. New cases and deaths have been holding steady in recent days after dramatic declines from the second wave, though hospitalizations have ticked up modestly, according to  datamonitored by the University of Sonora.

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