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Watch LIVE: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to give COVID-19 update at noon

Maria Polletta Arizona Republic

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With COVID-19 cases once again climbing in Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey will update the public on the state’s response to the pandemic during a briefing on Thursday. 

Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ will join him for the news conference, expected to begin at noon.

DHS reported more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday for the third day in a row, as the state is simultaneously confronting flu season. State health officials also announced 13 new COVID-19 fatalities, as Arizona approaches 6,000 known deaths due to the virus. 

The past several weeks have seen relatively higher daily case reports as the virus spreads at its fastest rate in Arizona since June, though case numbers are still well below where they were during the summer peak.

On Tuesday, DHS released a video noting a 57% increase in weekly new cases compared with September’s numbers and urging Arizonans to “remain vigilant” about following COVID-19 prevention practices.

As of Thursday, the rate of cases per 100,000 people in Arizona was 3,373, above the nationwide average of 2,623 cases per 100,000 people. 

Ducey also is expected to make an announcement regarding food bank partnerships at the news briefing. Watch his remarks live on azcentral.com at noon.