/ Modified dec 27, 2021 10:01 a.m.

New Arizona COVID-19 cases over 7,600 due to holiday lag

Daily numbers will be high for the next few days as reporting catches up after Christmas break.

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’s latest number of daily new COVID-19 cases appears extraordinarily high only because of a lag in reporting over the Christmas holiday.

The state coronavirus dashboard reported 7,641 new confirmed cases but no deaths Monday. This comes after a tally of only 344 cases and no deaths a day earlier.

A state Department of Health Services spokesman says no virus data was processed on Christmas Day. That’s why the number of cases on Sunday was so low.

The daily case counts will likely be high for the next few days as the dashboard catches up. Arizona has seen 1,362,693 cases and 23,982 deaths since the pandemic started.

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