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Briefs | Arizona reports 701 additional COVID-19 cases

Arizona reported 701 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 4. State Health Director Dr. Cara Christ is shown. (File photo by Howard Fischer/For the Miner)

Arizona reported 701 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, May 4. State Health Director Dr. Cara Christ is shown. (File photo by Howard Fischer/For the Miner)

PHOENIX - Arizona on Tuesday reported 701 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 11 more deaths as the rate of new cases increased in the past two weeks while the rate of new deaths was fairly stable.

The state's pandemic totals rose to 865,280 cases and 17,355 deaths, according to the state's coronavirus dashboard.

The state’s seven-day rolling average of daily new cases rose over the past two weeks from 602 on April 18 to 727 on Sunday, while the rolling average of daily deaths slipped from 11.5 to 10.9 during the same period, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The state dashboard reported that 615 COVID-19 patients occupied inpatient beds as of Monday, keeping the number of coronavirus hospitalizations in a range seen over the past week. The dashboard also said nearly 3 million people, or 41.1% of the state's population, have received at least one dose of vaccine.

Police make arrest in Arizona in 1988 slaying

MOBILE, Ala. - Authorities in Arizona have arrested a man charged with killing a woman in south Alabama more than 30 years ago, police said Tuesday.

Anthony Hayes, 65, was taken into custody on Monday and is awaiting return to Alabama to face charges, the Mobile Police Department said in a statement.

Authorities didn’t release information about how Hayes became a suspect in the killing of Stella McCrary, 69, who was found dead on Jan. 23, 1988. Stabbed multiple times, McCrary was discovered by her son and may have been the victim of a robbery, al.com reported.

Mobile police began investigating the case again in March, leading to the arrest, the statement said. Court records were not yet available to show whether Hayes had an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

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