Arizona mask mandates, business closures slowed spread of COVID-19, CDC says

Oct. 6 (UPI) — Local mask mandates, restrictions on public events, and closing bars, gyms, movie theaters and restaurants in mid-June slowed a surge in COVID-19 cases in Arizona that began earlier that month, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

By Aug. 7, less than two months after the measures were implemented, daily rates of new cases in the state had dropped by 75%, the agency said.

“The primary goal of implementing widespread enhanced mitigation measures in Arizona was to protect and save lives and maintain capacity in the healthcare system,” CDC researchers wrote. “A combination of voluntary and enforceable measures is more effective than any single measure.

Between June 1 and 15, the number of daily confirmed cases of COVID-19 increased 151%, from 808 on the first of the month to 2,026 two weeks later, according to the CDC.

State officials

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