As Cases Rise, Sonoran Public Hospitals Have 356 Ventilators

Published: Tuesday, March 24, 2020 - 4:31pm

Sonora, the Mexican state to Arizona’s south, confirmed its fifth case of COVID-19 on Tuesday.

That case was a middle-aged female stylist in Ciudad Obregon, the state’s second-largest city, according to Health Secretary Enrique Clausen. It was detected by a health station at the city’s airport, and the patient is isolated at her home. She had recently traveled to Spain and Dubai.

In response to a reporter’s question during a Tuesday press briefing, Clausen said public hospitals in the state have 356 ventilators, which are used to treat serious cases.

“But we’re also working on acquiring more ventilators,” he said.

A large shipment of testing gear from the federal government is expected shortly, according to another health official.

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