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Arizona reports 163 new coronavirus cases; death total rises to 122

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PHOENIX — The Arizona health department reported 163 new cases of coronavirus on Monday morning and seven additional deaths.

That pushes the state’s totals to 3,702 positive tests and 122 fatalities from COVID-19, with 43,347 tests given.

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

The state reported 3,539 cases and 115 deaths, with 42,109 tests given, on Sunday morning.

Later Sunday, the health department posted additional data to its existing COVID-19 page, including previously unreported details about deaths and patient characteristics and a link to a map showing cases by zip code.

The state also launched a hospital dashboard that shows the number of beds, ICU units and ventilators in use and available, among other information.

While 53% of Arizonans diagnosed with COVID-19 have been women, 62% of the state’s deaths from the disease caused by the new coronavirus have been men.

In Maricopa County, the state’s most-populous and hardest-hit county, the coronavirus positive test count increased by 60 to 2,020 on Monday, according to the state report.

The Phoenix-area death total increased by four to 52. Of Maricopa County’s cases, 19% of patients have required hospitalization, according the the county health department.

People ages 65 or older or with at least one chronic health condition have accounted for 70% of Maricopa County’s hospitalizations and 96% of the deaths.

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

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.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 21,942 deaths from more than 554,000 COVID-19 cases as of Monday’s daily update.

According to data compiled and regularly updated by Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 1.9 million cases and over 118,000 deaths globally as of Monday afternoon.

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