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- The Grand Canyon state reported more than 620 new cases with no new fatalities Monday.
- The drop in cases was due to a reporting issue.
- The state’s Department of Health Services says the missing cases will be added to Tuesday morning’s update.
Arizona is continuing to see an increase in coronavirus hospitalizations Monday as the state reports an incomplete number of new cases due to a reporting issue, according to the state’s Department of Health Services.
The Grand Canyon State reported more than 620 new cases with no new fatalities Monday, compared with the 1,000 to 3,000 new cases that have been reported daily since the beginning of June.
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“The data that will be posted on the #COVID19 dashboard this morning will not reflect all the new cases. One of our lab partners did not submit their daily report in time. We apologize for the inconvenience,” the department said in a tweet.
The new cases will be added to Tuesday morning’s update, the department wrote.
“This may result in an increase in reported new cases that is larger than would be expected,” the department tweeted.
Arizona on Sunday reported a record 3,858 new cases, the highest single-day total since March, according to the Arizona Republic.
Inpatients with suspected and confirmed COVID-19 tallied 2,721 statewide as of Sunday. According to The Washington Post, hospitalizations in the state rose by 30 percent from Sunday.
The Post reports Arizona’s seven-day rolling average for new cases is 12 percent higher than it was a week ago.
More than 74,500 cases have been reported in Arizona since the outbreak began with more than 1,588 deaths.
The situation in Arizona comes as several southern and western states, including Texas, Florida and California, are emerging as the country’s latest epicenters for COVID-19.
The U.S. has confirmed more than 2.5 million cases with more than 125,000 deaths.
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