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Arizona officials plan COVID briefing on hospital capacity

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Pima County reported 515 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on Tuesday and an additional 19 deaths.

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Tuesday reported over 3,000 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 120 more deaths amid growing concern about the pandemic's current surge and its impact on the state's hospital system.

Gov. Doug Ducey's COVID-19 adviser and hospital leaders scheduled a briefing Tuesday afternoon on “how Arizonans can help preserve hospital capacity during the holiday season."

Virus-related hospitalizations continue to climb, with 2,551 COVID-19 patients occupying inpatient rooms as of Monday. That's about half the number of virus hospitalizations during the peak of last winter's surge but currently there is little available capacity statewide because many hospitals are also caring for large numbers of non-COVID patients.

The additional 3,057 cases and 120 deaths reported Tuesday increased the state's pandemic totals to 1,248,184 cases and 22,062 deaths, according to the state's coronavirus dashboard.

However, the case report was lower than it otherwise would be “due to a reporting issue with one provider," the Department of Health Services said on Twitter. “We expect tomorrow’s cases added to be higher as a result."

Arizona's seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Arizona was just under 4,000 as of Sunday, up from just over 3,000 two weeks earlier, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Meanwhile, the rolling average of daily deaths rose from 36.3 to 41.3 during the same period. The daily deaths report fluctuates dramatically, often spiking after low numbers early in the week due to weekend reporting delays.

In Pima County, 515 new COVID-19 cases and 19 new deaths were reported Tuesday.

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