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Arizona COVID-19 cases rise by over 3K for 4th day in week

People get tested for COVID-19 at a drive through testing site hosted by the Puente Movement migrant justice organization Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Phoenix. Latinos are especially vulnerable to infection because they tend to live in tight quarters with multiple family members and have jobs that expose them to others. They also have a greater incidence of health conditions like diabetes that put them at higher risk for contracting COVID-19. (AP Photo/Matt York)

PHOENIX — Arizona reported 3,056 additional COVID-19 cases on Thursday, the fourth day in a week in which the state had daily increases of over 3,000 cases.

The state Department of Health Services said the additional cases raised the statewide total to 63,030 with 1,490 deaths, including 27 reported Thursday.

Pinal County reported 134 new cases, bringing its total to 2,912. There were three more deaths reported in the county, bringing the total to 58.

Casa Grande had 34 new cases reported in its three ZIP codes, while San Tan Valley had 42.

The number of cases in Casa Grande's 85122 ZIP code has doubled since June 15, for the largest total in the county at 586, and is up 21% since Tuesday.

The department reported that a record 2,453 people in the state were hospitalized for COVID-19 as of Wednesday, including 611 in intensive care beds and a record 415 on ventilators.

The hospitalization count was up from 2,270 as of Tuesday.

Arizona has become a national hot spot for the coronavirus since Republican Gov. Doug Ducey lifted stay-home restrictions in May.

Health officials have attributed Arizona's rising number of cases to both increased testing and community spread of the disease.

Ducey last week allowed counties and municipalities to require people to wear face coverings in public, and many have done so, including local governments in metro Phoenix.

For most people, the 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.

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