COVID-19: Cases in Gilbert have risen more than 11% in seven days

Here is what you need to know today about coronavirus in Gilbert. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Here is what you need to know today about coronavirus in Gilbert. (Community Impact Newspaper)

Here is what you need to know today about coronavirus in Gilbert. (Community Impact Newspaper)

Across Gilbert's six ZIP codes, there were 8,223 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 on Nov. 20, according to data from the state. That's an increase of 195 cases from the previous day. That also represents an increase of 11.23% in the past seven days.



The state had 291,696 COVID-19 cases—an increase of 4,471 from the previous day and 43 newly reported deaths, bringing the number of statewide virus-related deaths to 6,427 on Nov. 20, according to data from the Arizona Department of Health Services.


The number of diagnostic tests reported in Maricopa County as of Nov. 20 was 14,797 with 16.24%—or 2,403 tests–coming back positive. Those tests include polymerase chain reaction, known as PCR, tests and antigen tests. The PCR test determines an active case of COVID-19, the other kind of testing data the state tracks is related to serology—or antibody—tests, which determines if a person has been infected in the past with the virus. Antigen tests "may not be as accurate or able to run as many patient samples per day, however, the quick results provide the ability to rapidly triage and make decisions," according to ADHS.

The county also reported 24 new deaths Nov. 19, bringing the county's death toll to 3,874, according to data from the Maricopa County Department of Public Health.

Of the county's 3,874 known deaths, 1,303 are tied to long-term care facilities, making up 33.64% of the county's total COVID-19-related deaths.






The state and county also track hospitalization data. In Maricopa County, 8% of the county's total cases resulted in hospitalization as of Nov. 19. The county tracks intensive care unit, or ICU, data separately, and 1% of the county's total cases have resulted in admittance to the ICU. Statewide, as of Nov. 19, ADHS reported 8% of the state's cases have resulted in hospitalization—24,052 cases across the state.


According to data from the state, of the completed and reported Maricopa County COVID-19 diagnostic tests, 11.2% of them have yielded a positive result.

Statewide, there have been 2,063,889 diagnostic tests completed. Of the total PCR tests across the state, 10.2% have yielded a positive result.