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Yuma County Announces Largest Jump in COVID-19 Cases With 18 Due To More Testing

Yuma County saw the largest increase in COVID-19 cases in one day Tuesday with 18 new cases reported. That brings the new total to 133.

County health officials say the jump was expected thanks to the testing blitz that began Saturday with drive through testing available at a Sunset Health Clinic in Yuma.

“We knew that because of the blitz, the additional testing we’ve done, we were going to get more cases," Kevin Tunnell, the county’s communications director, told KAWC. "So really, not much of a cause for alarm. We know that we have community spread in Yuma County. Because of additional testing and as we do even more testing that’s coming in the future, we’re going to see the case count go up.”

Tunnell said Yuma County officials estimate the peak here will be the last week of May or the first week of June.

Victor is originally from West Sacramento, California and has lived in Arizona for more than five years. He began his print journalism career in 2004 following his graduation from Georgetown University in Washington D.C. Victor has been a reporter for the following daily newspapers: The Monterey County Herald, The Salinas Californian and the Reno Gazette-Journal, where he covered stories including agriculture, education and Latino community news. Victor has also served as a local editor for Patch, a national news organization with hyperlocal websites, in Carmichael, California in the Sacramento area. He also served as the editor for The New Vision, the newspaper for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson, which includes Yuma and La Paz counties. Victor lives in Somerton. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends and following most sports.
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