PHOENIX -- Arizona surpassed the 3,000 mark in coronavirus deaths Thursday as state health officials report a backlog of more than 60,000 cases.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported Thursday morning that the state has now recorded 3,063 deaths due to the virus, that is an increase of 89 from Wednesday. The state also reported 2,335 more positive cases for a total of 152,944 so far.

However, the number of actual cases is probably much higher. Health officials said Thursday they are dealing with a backlog of 61,706 tests that still need to be processed and recorded.

In Pinal County 64 new cases were reported bringing the total to 6,974. One new death was reported in the county for a total of 114.

The San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area continues to be the hot spot in the county reporting 33 new cases, more than half of the total reported countywide. The total for the area now stands at 1,924.

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