July 10, 2020

Small town in Maricopa County steps up fight against COVID-19

The town of Guadalupe is less than a square mile but has a higher rate of positive cases than the county.

As Arizona’s COVID-19 caseload surpassed 100,000 this week, the small town of Guadalupe is taking steps to lower its positive case rate. At less than a square mile in between the cities of Phoenix and Tempe, at one point the town of 6,000 had a case rate four times the rest of Maricopa County. It has since decreased by about half, according to town manager Jeff Kulaga.

Tony Paniagua traveled to Guadalupe to speak to town leaders about efforts to prevent the disease from spreading further in their community. He also heard from a man who recently recovered from COVID-19, along with multiple family members in his household.

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