January 3, 2021

Arizona hits new daily high in COVID-19 cases, more than 2,200 in Pima County

Hospital beds also remain in very short supply

coronavirus 2 hero This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S.

Arizona health officials report a record daily high of more than 17,200 new confirmed coronavirus cases. The Arizona Department of Health Services reported Sunday there were 17,234 new cases.

That eclipses the previous record of about 12,000 set in early December. No new deaths were reported Sunday.

Pima County had more than 2,200 reported new cases, Cochise County had 200 new cases and Santa Cruz County had 86 cases.

Health officials also reported that just 7% of hospital beds were available statewide and 61% of intensive care unit beds were occupied by people with COVID-19.

A department spokesman told the Arizona Republic the jump in daily cases could be due to Christmas gatherings.

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