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Sonora Logs Second Most Daily Cases Since Start Of Pandemic

On Friday morning, Sonoran officials confirmed 606 cases over the previous 24 hours. That’s just five short of the pandemic record of 611, logged at the height of the winter wave in mid-January, according to state pandemic numbers trackedby data analyst Luis Armando Moreno.

“At the end of last week, it seemed like the (third wave’s) peak had been reached two weeks ago,” he said.

A possible explanation for this recent jump is that Hermosillo, Sonora’s largest city, simply hadn’t reached its peak yet. Moreno also noted that substantially more testing is now being done than during other periods — even previous peaks — of the pandemic.

With more minors also testing positive, Moreno said the looming start of some in-person schooling is concerning.

But hospitalizations and deaths have not been as significant as in previous waves, which Moreno chalked up to vaccinations, especially among older Sonorans.

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