/ Modified feb 12, 2021 9:09 a.m.

Arizona reports 2,426 additional COVID-19 cases, 172 deaths

Case numbers continue to slow, but health experts caution diligence.

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 on Friday reported over 2,400 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and nearly 175 additional deaths as the fall and winter surge in the coronavirus outbreak continued to slow.

The additional 2,426 cases and 172 deaths reported by the Department of Health Services increased the state’s pandemic totals to 793,532 cases and 14,834 deaths.

The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients continued to decline, with 2,396 occupying inpatient beds as of Thursday. That's down from the pandemic high of 5,082 on Jan. 11, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard.

Meanwhile, seven-day rolling averages of daily new cases and death deaths dropped over the past two weeks.

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