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Arizona reports over 100 virus deaths for 3rd straight day

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Posted at 3:03 PM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 17:04:29-05

Arizona has reported over 100 additional known coronavirus deaths for the third straight day and one of the largest daily increases in cases during the current surge.

The Department of Health Services on Friday reported 142 additional known deaths and 7,635 additional confirmed cases.

Those figures bring the statewide totals to 7,819 deaths and 442,671 cases.

MAP: Coronavirus cases in Arizona by zip code

COVID-19-related hospitalizations in Arizona reached 3,931 on Thursday, the latest in a string of pandemic records started earlier this month.

Before the current surge, the previous daily hospitalization record was around 3,500 on July 13 during the state’s summer surge.

Arizona hospitals are nearly at capacity, with only 7% of beds available and not in use.