Arizona’s alarming spike in coronavirus cases is partly due to more testing taking place, and is largely confined to four vulnerable counties —but hospital admission rates are down, Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., told Newsmax TV on Thursday.
In an interview on “Greg Kelly Reports,” the conservative lawmaker said, “We have to acknowledge what is, is.”
“A couple of factors” are at work in the spike, Biggs said. “Number one is that we’re testing a lot more…a lot more cases detected for sure,” adding the percentage of positive cases is up about 1.5 percentage points.
“Four counties are particularly hard-hit,” he said, citing two in the northeast corner of the state, on the Navajo Reservation, and two on the Santa Cruz-Yuma border, “our two biggest ports of entry in Arizona.”
Biggs, however, said there’s been some selective reporting on the data.
“There’s some cherry picking of the numbers for sure,” he said, adding: “the data from Arizona has been a little skewed,” citing “some problem” with the numbers compiled. He did not elaborate.
The good news, he said, is “the number of positive cases going to hospitals.”
“We are below where we were a week ago,” with that number at 7% as of Wednesday.
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