/ Modified dec 28, 2020 5:40 p.m.

COVID-19 patients fill more than half of Arizona ICU beds

A record 988 patients are filling ICU beds statewide

360 banner covid A handout image from Banner Health shows a health care worker in one of the hospital's COVID-19 units.
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A record number of COVID-19 patients are in the ICU in Arizona. The Arizona Department of Health Services says a new high of 988 patients with the disease are occupying intensive care unit beds Sunday, accounting for 56% of the beds statewide.

Arizona is having its worst surge since July, when 970 people with the virus were in the ICU — accounting for 57% of available beds. The number of available ICU beds is about 10%. The health department recorded three deaths Sunday, bringing the toll to 8,427.

An additional 1,296 confirmed cases were also reported, bringing the state’s total since the pandemic began to 494,337.

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