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- Arizona joins Texas, California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Illinois in tallying more than 100,000 cases.
- The state on Monday reported 101,441 cases with 1,810 deaths.
- Hospitalizations in inpatient and ICU beds, as well as ventilators in use by coronavirus patients, increased Sunday to their highest reported levels since hospital data reporting began in April, according to The Arizona Republic.
Arizona on Monday became the eighth state to top 100,000 total coronavirus cases as hospitalizations in the state continue to rise and the number of new cases in the U.S. continues to surge.
Arizona joins Texas, California, Florida, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Illinois in tallying more than 100,000 cases.
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The Grand Canyon state on Monday reported 101,441 cases with 1,810 deaths, according to the daily report by the Arizona Department of Health Services. The state reported 3,212 inpatient hospital beds were occupied by suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients with 839 ICU beds filled across the state.
Hospitalizations in inpatient and ICU beds and ventilators in use by coronavirus patients increased Sunday to their highest reported levels since hospital data reporting began in April, according to The Arizona Republic.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) began easing lockdown restrictions on May 1, allowing some salons, barbershops, restaurant dine-in services and retail stores to open their doors. But as cases and hospitalizations began to spike, Ducey last week ordered bars, gyms, movie theaters, waterparks and tubing rentals to close for 30 days.
The governor also prohibited gatherings of more than 50 people.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego (D) said the pace of the state’s reopening likely indicated to some residents the pandemic was over.
"We opened way too early in Arizona. We were one of the last states to go to stay-at-home and one of the first to reemerge, and we reemerged at zero to 60," Gallego told ABC’s "This Week."
"We had crowded nightclubs handing out free champagne, no masks. Our 20- to -44-year-olds, which is my own demographic, really led the explosion, and we’ve seen such growth in that area. We’re seeing a lot of people go to large family gatherings and infect their family members."
Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have been surging in recent weeks in Arizona, Texas, California and Florida, roughly about two months since many states started the reopening process.
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