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Briefs | Arizona reports 1,791 additional COVID-19 cases, 114 deaths

Arizona public health officials reported another 114 deaths from complications of COVID-19 on Saturday, Feb. 13. State Health Director Dr. Cara Christ is shown. (File photo by Howard Fischer/For the Miner)

Arizona public health officials reported another 114 deaths from complications of COVID-19 on Saturday, Feb. 13. State Health Director Dr. Cara Christ is shown. (File photo by Howard Fischer/For the Miner)

PHOENIX - Arizona on Saturday reported nearly 1,800 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and over 100 more deaths as the number of patients hospitalized due to the coronavirus outbreak continued to drop during the slowing of the fall and winter surge.

The 1,791 cases and 114 deaths reported by the Department of Health Services increased the state's pandemic totals to 795,323 cases and 14,948 deaths.

There were 2,300 hospitalized COVID-19 patients occupying inpatient beds as of Friday, down from the pandemic high of 5,082 on Jan. 11, according to the state's coronavirus dashboard.

Seven-day rolling averages of daily new cases and daily deaths dropped over the past two weeks, according to data from The COVID Tracking Project.

The rolling average of daily new cases dropped from 5745.6 on Jan. 29 2,558.6 on Friday while the rolling average of daily deaths dropped from 145.6 to 126.6 during the same period.

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

Court rejects claim over Arizona voter registration deadline

PHOENIX - A federal appeals court has sided with a lower court that ruled against an Arizona man who says he was denied the right to vote in 2016 because the registration deadline fell on Columbus Day.

Plaintiff David Isabel, then a new Arizona resident, registered to vote at a Motor Vehicle Division office on Oct. 11, 2016. That was the day after the deadline under state law, which is 29 days before the election.

Isabel argued that Arizona’s voter registration deadline was illegally early that year. Because it fell on a holiday when government offices were closed, it was, in effect, more than 30 days before the election, which violates federal law, he argued.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that argument in a ruling issued Thursday.

Arizona lawmakers have since changed the law to ensure that the situation won’t repeat. Legislation passed in 2017 says that if the registration deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, forms received the next business day are valid.

Weekend storm expected to drop snow across northern Arizona

FLAGSTAFF - A storm is expected to drop snow across a wide swath of northern Arizona this weekend.

The National Weather Service said snow will continue through Sunday evening.

Snowfall amounts expected Saturday through Sunday include up to 3 inches at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, up to 5 inches in Flagstaff and Show Low and up to 4 inches at Window Rock.

The weather service said up 12 inches of snow are possible in the White Mountains.

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