/ Modified aug 13, 2021 10:02 a.m.

Arizona reports 3K virus cases for first time in 6 months

The state also reported 23 more deaths.

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Arizona on Friday reported over 3,000 additional virus cases for the first time in six months as legal wrangling over school districts' mask-wearing restrictions escalates.

The state’s coronavirus dashboard reported 3,225 additional cases and 23 more deaths.

A judge was scheduled Friday to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging an Arizona school district’s decision to require students and staff to wear masks indoors.

With nine other districts adopting similar mask rules despite a state law prohibiting districts from requiring mask-wearing, the case against Phoenix Union is seen as a test case.

Also, the Arizona School Boards Association and others have filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of that law.


Credit: Nick O'Gara/AZPM. Sources: The New York Times, based on reports from state and local health agencies, Census Bureau. Case reports do not correspond to day of test.

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