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An ambulance parks at the emergency room entrance at Banner Estrella Medical Center Sunday, July 19, 2020, in Phoenix. The coronavirus death toll in Arizona stands at 2,761 as of Sunday, according to Department of Health Services data, and have been 143,624 confirmed cases statewide, up more than 2,300 from the day before. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — Arizona health officials reported 2,992 new cases of the coronavirus and 53 more deaths Saturday.

The average number of daily new cases over the past two weeks in Arizona has declined by 18%. The Arizona Department of Health Services has recorded 177,002 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state since the pandemic began.

The death toll is 3,747.

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

In Pinal County there were 163 new cases reported Saturday bringing the total to 8,153. There were four more deaths reported in the county for a total of 140.

Casa Grande and San Tan Valley continue to be the two hot spots in Pinal County. Casa Grande had 39 new cases for a total of 1,669, while teh San Tan Valley/Queen Creek area had 32 new cases, brining its total to 2,265.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.

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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