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Arizona again reports over 3,000 additional COVID-19 cases
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Arizona again reports over 3,000 additional COVID-19 cases

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A nurse holds swabs and test tube to test people for COVID-19 at a drive through station set up in the parking lot of the Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Saturday reported over 3,000 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases for the first time in six days as virus-related hospitalizations during the current surge remained above 2,000.

The additional 3,355 cases and 36 deaths increased the state's pandemic totals to 1,045,835 cases and 19,183, according to the Department of Health Services' coronavirus dashboard.

Daily reports of additional cases have trended upward since dropping as low as 1,982 on Tuesday after topping 3,000 most days during the preceding two weeks, according to the dashboard.

The dashboard reported that 2,085 virus patients occupied hospital beds as of Friday.

Virus-related hospitalizations topped 2,000 for the previous 12 days.

In Pima County, 279 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Saturday with 4 deaths.

The state had about a third as many before the current surge began in July but over twice as many at the peak of the winter surge.

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