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Arizona reports 5,629 additional COVID-19 cases, 191 deaths
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Arizona reports 5,629 additional COVID-19 cases, 191 deaths

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. Dozens of research groups around the world are racing to create a vaccine as COVID-19 cases continue to grow. (NIAID-RML via AP)

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Wednesday reported over 5,600 additional COVID-19 cases and nearly 200 more deaths as hospitalization levels from the surge remained high but didn't set records.

The Department of Health Services reported 5,629 additional known cases and 191 deaths, increasing the state's pandemic totals to 641,729 cases and 10,673 deaths.

In Pima County, there have been 85,256 cases of coronavirus, up 830 from the previous day. There have been 1,335 deaths in Pima County, up 24 from the previous day. 

Arizona had the worst state COVID-19 diagnosis rate over the past week, with one of every 105 people being diagnosed with COVID-19 from Jan. 5 to Tuesday. The rate is calculated by dividing a state's population by the number of new cases over the past week.

According to the state's coronavirus dashboard, 5,055 COVID-19 patients occupied inpatient beds as of Tuesday, down from Monday's record high of 5,082. There were 1,158 COVID-19 patients in intensive care beds, down from Monday's record of 1,183.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher than reported because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

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