CASA GRANDE — While the number of new cases of COVID-19 stayed steady, Arizona has received some good news when it comes to its ability to treat its sick population.

The Arizona Department of Health Services reported 3,259 new cases on Thursday, only two more than what was reported on Wednesday. That brings the total cases since the coronavirus reached the state to 134,613.

On the bright side, the number of patients in hospitals with COVID-19 dropped for the second straight day. That number is now at 3,454, down from 3,493 on Wednesday and 3,517 the day before.

The state also reported 58 new deaths, for a total of 2,492. Three of those came from Pinal County, which is now at 93 deaths.

The county reported 125 new cases, down slightly from where that number has been in recent days.

Once again, the San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area had the largest uptick in cases, going up 61 to 1,637 in its three ZIP codes. Casa Grande and its surrounding area received 33 more cases to bring its total to 1,300. Florence had 19 new cases, up to 605; Maricopa had 21 new cases, up to 764; and Coolidge had 11 new cases, up to 371.

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