/ Modified dec 8, 2021 10:23 a.m.

Arizona reports 3,506 additional COVID cases, 18 more deaths

Only 6% of inpatient beds were available as of Tuesday.

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 Wednesday reported 3,506 additional confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 18 more deaths as the number of the hospitalized virus patients dipped slightly.

The latest figures reported by the state increased Arizona’s pandemic totals to over 1,301,000 cases and nearly 22,800 deaths.

There were 2,753 virus patients occupying inpatient hospital beds on Wednesday.

That's down from 2,800 on Tuesday, the current surge's high.

Hospitals statewide are crowded with both virus and non-virus patients. Only 6% of inpatient beds were available as of Tuesday.

The 18 deaths reported Wednesday was far below the 172 deaths reported Tuesday.

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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