TUCSON (KVOA) – The number of COVID-19 cases is slightly on the rise in Arizona.

A doctor who is part of the COVID-19 response team at El Rio Health says the loosening of restrictions statewide may help explain why cases are going up.

“The slow, thankfully, but definitely steady increase over the last couple of weeks,” ┬áDr. Rajiv Modak, El Rio Health Center medical director said.

Modak says some Arizonans are getting together in groups once again and that could be a factor in why COVID-19 cases are slightly on the rise.

“People feel more comfortable with going out, getting together, congregating in groups and often without masks, especially in restaurants and bars,” he said.

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