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Arizona reports 151 new coronavirus cases, 7 more deaths

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PHOENIX — The Arizona health department reported 151 new cases of coronavirus Wednesday morning, with seven additional deaths from COVID-19.

That moves the state totals to 2,726 positive cases and 80 deaths, with 34,564 tests having been given.

The Arizona Department of Health Services has been providing daily case and testing updates on its website each morning.

The state reported 2,575 cases and 73 deaths, with 33,375 tests given, on Tuesday.

The number of cases in Maricopa County, the state’s most-populous and hardest-hit county, increased by 64 to 1,559 on Wednesday, according to the state report.

The Phoenix-area death total increased by two to 37. Of Maricopa County’s cases, 20% of patients have required hospitalization.

Because of a shortage of supplies, health officials have prioritized at-risk populations and people showing serious symptoms for getting tested. In most cases, a positive diagnosis won’t change a patient’s treatment plan.

Gov. Doug Ducey announced an executive order Tuesday afternoon mandating the expansion of coronavirus data tracking.

The order requires hospitals to report the number of suspected COVID-19 patients and the number of ventilators and ICU beds being used to treat them, among other additional data.

The Arizona state prison system reported its first two cases of coronavirus among inmates Tuesday night.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 12,754 deaths from more than 395,000 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday’s daily update.

According to data compiled and regularly updated by Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 1.5 million cases and 87,000 deaths globally as of Wednesday afternoon.

For most people, coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

For all articles, information and updates on the coronavirus from KTAR News, visit ktar.com/coronavirus.

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