PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona heath officials report 1,813 new confirmed coronavirus cases and no additional deaths.
That increases the state totals to 163,827 positive COVID-19 cases and 3,304 known deaths as of Monday.
The figures may be lower because of a lag in reporting on the weekends. Still, it’s the second consecutive day that new daily virus cases have been under 2,000. The Arizona Department of Health Services had reported 3,748 new cases and 144 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday.
The 144 deaths were among the most reported in a single day in the state without death certificate matching.
Pinal County reported 93 new cases for a total of 7,561. The number of deaths in the county was actually cut by one on Monday for a total of 122. This usually happens when health officials initially report the place of death as the county of residence, such as a hospital, but change the record later when the actual address of the deceased is located.
Meanwhile, the number of in-patient COVID-19 hospitalizations as well as patients on ventilators and in intensive care unit beds showed very slight declines. But experts say it’s too soon to say whether Arizona is on a definite downward trend since Gov. Doug Ducey extended the closing of businesses like bars and gyms.
Among the tests given statewide, 12.6% of them are showing positive for COVID-19, the state said. A week ago, 12.2% of statewide tests showed positive.
The coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, for most people.
For some people who contract the virus, especially those who are older or have underlying health conditions, it can cause more severe illness and death. The vast majority of people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 recover.