Arizona reported more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for a third day in a row, and the state reported 13 new known deaths on Thursday as upward trends continued.
The past several weeks have seen relatively higher daily case reports as the virus spreads at its fastest rate in Arizona since June, although case numbers are still well below where they were at during the summer peak.
Arizona’s reproduction rate for the SARS-CoV-2 virus was at 1.16 on Thursday, the same as in early June, according to rt.live, a tracking website created by Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger using data from the COVID Tracking Project.
The reproduction rate refers to the average number of people who become infected by an infectious person. If it's above 1.0, COVID-19 will spread quickly.