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Arizona sees over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for a 3rd day

July 16, 2021 GMT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials are reporting over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases for a third day.

The state Department of Health Services released its latest daily virus numbers Friday, finding 1,251 new virus cases and another 17 virus-related deaths.

This brings Arizona’s pandemic totals to 906,116 cases and 18,100 deaths.

The number of hospitalizations because of the virus have also been inching upward for the past week. As of Thursday, 719 people were hospitalized statewide. Of those, 185 were in ICUs.

The seven-day rolling average of daily new cases in Arizona has risen over the past two weeks from 528.3 on June 30 to 851 on Wednesday. The seven-day rolling average of daily deaths in Arizona has risen in that same time period from 10.8 to 11.4.

Officials have attributed the upward trend to July 4 gatherings and the spread of the delta variant.

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Like other states, Arizona has seen a massive slow-down when it comes to vaccinations. More than 6.6 million doses have been administered to date. The percentage of the eligible population that has gotten vaccinated remains at just over 50%. According to the state dashboard, 3.6 million people have had at least one vaccine dose and 3.2 million are fully vaccinated.