Arizona reports 3,621 additional COVID cases, nears 1M mark

Arizona on Thursday, Aug. 26, reported 3,621 additional COVID-19 cases and 13 more deaths as the state’s pandemic total number of infections neared the 1 million mark.

The state’s pandemic totals rose to 998,164 cases and 18,661 deaths, according to the Arizona Department of Health Service’s coronavirus dashboard.

Nationally, Arizona ranks 13th among U.S. states and territories in total COVID-19 cases and 10th in cases per 100,000 pf population, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The ADHS on Thursday added 126 new COVID cases and nine deaths to Yavapai County’s totals. The county has recorded 23,118 cases of coronavirus and 573 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Arizona’s seven-day rolling average of daily new cases rose over the past two weeks from 2,450.00 on Aug. 10 to 2,626.29 on Tuesday while the rolling average of daily deaths rose from 16.7 to 19.1 during the same period, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

In another development, approximately 350 city of Tucson employees could face unpaid five-day suspensions for not complying with the city’s recently enacted COVID-19 vaccination mandate for its workforce, media outlets reported.

Nearly 550 additional city employees requested religious of medical exemptions by Tuesday’s deadline.

The city’s employee vaccination data shows 830 full-time and 70 part-time employees are unvaccinated — about 21% of the total workforce, the Arizona Daily Star reported.

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