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Arizona reports 683 new COVID-19 cases and eight more deaths

October 13, 2020 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials are reporting 683 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases and eight deaths.

After two days of finding no virus-related deaths, the latest numbers on Tuesday bring the statewide case total to 226,734 and the death toll to 5,767 since the coronavirus pandemic began.

On Saturday, state Department of Health Services officials reported 894 new cases. That was the largest daily increase since Sept. 17-18 when those days’ counts ballooned to 1,753 and 1,281 respectively as the state changed its counting methodology and each day added hundreds of past antigen test results.

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

Meanwhile, COVID-19 hospitalizations and ventilator usage increased slightly.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death. The vast majority of people recover.