PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials on Sunday reported 597 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, but no additional deaths.
Pinal County reported 19 new cases for a total of 11,024.
The latest numbers increases the statewide case total to 225,575 since the coronavirus pandemic began with the death toll remaining at 5,759.
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.
The state reported over 800 additional cases on Tuesday and Thursday and more than 600 additional cases on Wednesday and Friday.
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.
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.