Arizona reports record number of new coronavirus cases, deaths

Coronavirus cases in Arizona continue to skyrocket, and the state set another new record for daily cases on Wednesday with 4,878 new cases reported.

The state also reported a new high of 88 new deaths on Wednesday.

According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, the state has reported a total of 84,092 cases and 1,720 deaths.


The previous single-day high was set on June 24, when Arizona registered 4,682 cases and 79 deaths. 

Local news station KTAR reported that the previous record was inflated due to older data not being factored into official state reports, and then being included on June 24.

Wednesday's numbers, however, did not come with the same disclaimer, and come amid increased concerns about rising numbers in Arizona and other states.


On Monday, Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceyHillicon Valley: High alert as new QAnon date approaches Thursday | Biden signals another reversal from Trump with national security guidance | Parler files a new case Arizona governor orders school districts to offer in-person learning by March 15 Arizona House advances bill that would allow apps to bypass Apple, Google fees MORE (R) began reversing the state's reopening plans, shuttering bars, night clubs and gyms for at least another month. He also pushed back on the start of K-12 schools for at least two weeks.

Ducey said that cases would continue to rise over the next several weeks, as new cases are growing faster than current testing rates.

On Tuesday, ICU bed usage reached a high of 89 percent according to the most recent state data, with 187 available beds.

Vice President Pence is slated to return to Arizona on Wednesday to meet with Ducey amid the surge of COVID-19 cases, one week after President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse passes voting rights and elections reform bill DEA places agent seen outside Capitol during riot on leave Georgia Gov. Kemp says he'd 'absolutely' back Trump as 2024 nominee MORE visited for a rally for a group of thousands of young supporters.

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