Arizona reports 742 new COVID-19 cases, 3 additional deaths

FILE - In this July 23, 2020, file photo James Robson, a biomedical engineering graduate student, holds a swab and specimen vial in the new COVID-19, on-campus testing lab at Boston University in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Arizona health officials on Sunday reported 742 new confirmed coronavirus cases with three additional deaths.

Officials with the Arizona Department of Health Sciences said there have now been 231,149 COVID-19 cases — with nearly 150,000 coming in Maricopa County — and 5,827 deaths statewide since the pandemic began.

They said Arizona is seeing a slow increase in the average number of coronavirus cases since a decline that lasted through August and September appears to be ending.

Arizona was a national hotspot for the virus in June and early July, but numbers began to drop last month.

Thursday saw the first daily tally above 1,000 in a month.

The number of Arizona’s confirmed or suspected COVID-19 hospital inpatients dropped to 714 Sunday after hitting 757 the day before, which was a high for the month so far.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.

But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death. The vast majority of people recover, however.

Republished with the permission of the Associated Press.