Arizona on Saturday reported over 200 additional deaths from COVID-19 as the state retained its worst-in-the-nation infection diagnosis rate.
The Department of Health Services reported 8,715 additional known cases and 208 deaths, increasing the pandemic totals to 666,901 cases and 11,248 deaths. Pima county recorded 1,191 new cases and 28 new deaths, Cochise County had 96 new cases with two deaths and Santa Crus County reported 51 new cases with two fatalities
The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients stood at 4,849 as of Friday, down from Monday’s record 5,082. Arizona’s COVID-19 diagnosis rate from Jan. 8 to Friday was 1 in every 116 residents.
The diagnosis rate is a state’s population divided by the number of new cases over the past week.