COVID-19 Deaths Are 18% Higher Among Arizona Men Than Women

By Brandy Rae Ramirez

April 17, 2020

Friday morning, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) reported 4,507 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Arizona and 169 deaths. The report also indicates that men, seniors, and White/Non-Hispanics have the highest rate of mortality.

Currently, the gap between deaths among men and women continues to grow. According to the state’s data, 59% of males have died from coronavirus compared to women at 41%. Additionally, 122 of those deaths are among people over the age of 65.

COVID-19 Deaths Are 18% Higher Among Arizona Men Than Women
Graphic screenshot|Courtesy of ADHS

However, the number of deaths related to coronavirus remains unclear as some people are dying at home across the nation and determination of deaths are still being determined. 

Also, the number of infected remains unclear. Maricopa County doesn’t know how many people who are experiencing homelessness have been tested for coronavirus, and testing remains problematic throughout the state, as some people are still not getting approved for tests despite having symptoms, being around people with symptoms, or being around people who test positive for COVID-19.

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In addition to the overall state confirmed cases, the Navajo Nation continues to feel the brunt of the virus.

On Thursday, the Nation reported 1,042 confirmed cases with 41 deaths. The number of total positive tests increased by 121 cases. Of that number, 652 cases include Arizona tribal members.

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This week, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez extended the tribe’s curfew, and St. Mary’s distributed meals to 2,000 Navajo families in Arizona feeling the impact of the virus.

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