Arizona coronavirus death toll tops 8,000 with 2nd-largest daily rise

COVID-19 deaths in the United States now exceed 4,000
Posted at 11:17 AM, Dec 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-22 13:17:08-05

PHOENIX — Arizona’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak passed the 8,000 mark on Tuesday as the state reported an additional 153 known deaths, the second-highest daily increase during the pandemic. The state has seen 8,125 total deaths.

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The 5,869 additional known COVID-19 cases reported Tuesday by the Department of Health Services increased the state's total to 467,215 cases.

According to the state coronavirus dashboard, there were 4,019 COVID-19-related hospitalizations as of Monday, the latest in a string of pandemic-highs recorded this month during the fall surge now continuing into winter.

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The Pima County Health Department on Monday warned that Tucson’s health care system was in danger of being overwhelmed.