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Arizona reports 702 new COVID-19 cases, another 40 deaths
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Arizona reports 702 new COVID-19 cases, another 40 deaths

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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials have confirmed 702 new COVID-19 cases and another 40 deaths.

In Pima County, 51 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday with 5 deaths.

The latest figures released by the state Tuesday bring the total number of cases and deaths since the pandemic's onset to 855,155 and 17,193, respectively.

Patient hospitalizations for the virus across the state continue a nearly month-long range of hovering between 500 and 600. There were 562 people hospitalized for suspected or confirmed virus cases on Monday, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services.

The state’s seven-day rolling average of daily new cases rose slightly from 575.6 on Saturday to 602.4 on Monday.

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.

The state dashboard also shows more than 4.5 million vaccine doses have been administered.

Over 2.7 million Arizona residents — or 38.3% of the state’s population — have received at least one shot and over 1.9 million people are fully vaccinated.

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday signed an executive order banning state and local agencies from requiring people carry “vaccine passports.” The Republican governor said the idea violated residents' ability to keep medical information private.

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