PHOENIX — Arizona on Tuesday reported 79 additional deaths from COVID-19. That's a significant increase from recently reported daily increases in the death toll, but health officials said two-thirds of the latest daily tally resulted from analysis of deaths not previously identified as resulting from COVID-19.
The state Department of Health Services also reported 1,795 additional cases, raising the state’s total to 59,974. The case increase was smaller than those reported on other recent days, including a record 3,591 Tuesday. Arizona has emerged as a hot spot since Gov. Doug Ducey lifted stay-home orders in May.
Update: 53 of the 79 deaths reported today are from death certificate matching. Learn more about how these deaths are identified from our May 8 blog. https://t.co/hAR7J2GOn6— AZ Dept of Health (@AZDHS) June 24, 2020
The department reported 2,270 people were hospitalized Tuesday because of COVID-19, up from 2,136 Monday.
The number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care beds dropped to 581 Tuesday from a record 614 Monday.