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Arizona report on new COVID-19 cases low due to data problem

August 31, 2021 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Tuesday reported far fewer additional COVID-19 cases than normal as state officials cited a data-processing problem.

The problem has been fixed and the state’s coronavirus dashboard on Wednesday will report “additions to be much higher than they’d normally be,” Department of Health Services interim Director Don Herrington said in a blog post.

The 822 additional cases reported Monday on the dashboard raised the state’s pandemic total to 1,011,923.

Arizona reported 3,247 additional cases on Monday, and the state’s seven-day daily rolling average of new cases was 3,198 as of Sunday, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

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The same processing error affected reporting of COVID-19 deaths, resulting in a one-death subtraction, Herrington said.

The state’s seven-day rolling average of daily deaths was 26.7 as of Sunday.

“The unfortunate trend is that COVID-19 cases and deaths are up since mid-July. In addition, nearly all cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are occurring among those who aren’t fully vaccinated,” Herrington said in his blog post.