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Arizona reports 801 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, 1 death

The Arizona Department of Health Services reports that COVID-19 cases in the state have been slowly but steadily increasing. State Health Director Dr. Cara Christ is shown. (File photo by Howard Fischer/For the Miner)

The Arizona Department of Health Services reports that COVID-19 cases in the state have been slowly but steadily increasing. State Health Director Dr. Cara Christ is shown. (File photo by Howard Fischer/For the Miner)

PHOENIX - Arizona health officials have reported 801 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one additional death.

The new figures on Monday come a day after the state saw nearly 1,400 cases — its highest reported single-day case total since mid-September.

Arizona continues to see a slow yet steady increase in the average number of coronavirus cases reported each day as a decline that lasted through August and September reverses.

State Department of Health Services officials say the latest numbers increasing Arizona’s totals to 238,964 known infections and 5,875 known deaths.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

In the past month, Arizona has seen a gradual increase in COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations, but levels are well below the thousands of cases reported on some days in June and July when the state was a national hot spot.

The outbreak diminished in August and September as many local governments imposed mask mandates and the state revived some business restrictions.

Most people experience mild or moderate symptoms with the coronavirus, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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