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Arizona Health Department Reports 3,000+ COVID-19 Cases For Second Straight Day

The Arizona Department of Health Services is reporting a second straight day of more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases.

The state reported 3,418 additional cases on Saturday, along with 1,601 COVID-19 inpatients in state hospitals. 

Before Friday, Arizona last reported more than 3,000 new COVID-19 infections in February. The number of hospitalizations is the highest since Feb. 20.]

Daily cases are reaching similar levels to those of summer 2020, but deaths and hospitalizations remain significantly lower.

Over 46% of the state’s population has been fully vaccinated, placing it 32nd out of 50 in that metric.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.