/ Modified sep 25, 2021 10:42 a.m.

Arizona reports 69 virus deaths as rolling average increases

The pace of virus deaths nearly doubled over the past two weeks.

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 Saturday reported 2,916 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 69 more deaths as the pace of virus deaths nearly doubled over the past two weeks.

The additional cases and deaths increased the state’s pandemic totals to 1,081,790 cases and 19,806 deaths.

The state’s Department of Health Services also reported that 1,834 COVID-19 patients occupied inpatient hospital beds as of Friday, a level below the current surge’s peak of 2,103 on Sept. 12.

According to Johns Hopkins University data, the state’s seven-day rolling average of daily deaths rose from 26.9 on Sept. 9 to 51.1 on Thursday.

Credit: Nick O'Gara/AZPM. Sources: The New York Times, based on reports from state and local health agencies, Census Bureau. Case reports do not correspond to day of test.

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