/ Modified dec 31, 2020 12:42 p.m.

Arizona sets hospitalization high amid surge in virus cases

More than 4.500 COVID-19-related hospitalizations sets new bar

coronavirus 3 hero A Centers for Disease Control illustration of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

Arizona has reported nearly 8,000 new COVID-19 cases and 146 deaths as the state’s health care system struggled to cope with a surge that set another hospitalization record.

The 7,718 new infections that the Department of Health Services reported Thursday brings the statewide totals to 520,207 cases and 8,864 deaths since the coronavirus pandemic began.

The 4,564 COVID-19-related hospitalizations as of Wednesday were the latest in a string of pandemic highs set since early December. Hospitals have been hammered by a flood of COVID-19 patients, who occupy over half of the state’s inpatient beds and nearly three of every five intensive care beds.

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