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Arizona reports 711 new COVID-19 cases and 2 more deaths

April 18, 2021 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — Health officials in Arizona on Sunday reported 711 new confirmed COVID-19 cases and two additional deaths.

The state’s coronavirus dashboard listed pandemic totals of 853,761 cases and 17,153 deaths.

The dashboard also shows that over 4.4 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state.

More than 2.6 million people — 37.4% of Arizona’s population — have received at least one shot and over 1.8 million people now are fully vaccinated.

Arizona Department of Health Services officials said the number of virus-related hospitalizations continued to range between 500 and 600 since late March.

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There were 567 coronavirus-related hospitalizations as of Friday, keeping that metric in the same range where it has been for the past three weeks.

The state’s seven-day rolling average of daily new cases dropped over the past two weeks,, falling from 653.4 on April 1 to 624 on Thursday, while the rolling average of new deaths rose from 13 to 16.2 during the same period, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

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.