Maricopa testing blitz

Nurses process drivers for free COVID-19 tests during a blitz July 18 at Copper Sky Regional Park in Maricopa.

PHOENIX — Officials in Arizona reported more than 3,200 additional coronavirus cases and 69 more deaths from the virus on Friday.

A day earlier, the state reported a record 172 coronavirus deaths, though nearly half of those were the result of reviews of death certificates.

The number of new cases had been below 3,000 for several days, indicating a downward trend.

In all, more than 174,000 cases and 3,692 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported since the pandemic began.

In-patient hospitalizations, ventilators in use and intensive care unit occupancy continued to trend downward slightly.

In Pinal County, there were 115 new cases, bringing the county total to just under 8,000 at 7,990. Four more deaths were reported in Pinal County for a total of 135.

Casa Grande had 34 new cases, bringing its total to 1,640, while the San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area had 38 new cases for a total of 2,233.

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.

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