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Arizona Health Department reports 2,300+ COVID-19 cases, but state's third wave is slowing down

Arizona on Saturday reported more than 2,300 additional COVID-19 cases on Saturday, but virus-based metrics are slowing down from the peak of the recent third wave.

The state reported 31 COVID-19-related deaths in addition to the 2,358 new cases.

During the current surge, daily reported increases in cases reached as high as 4,740 while daily reported increases in the death toll topped 100 three times.

1,753 coronavirus patients are occupying hospital beds as of Friday. That metric exceeded 2,000 for weeks during the later summer and early fall.

Over 51% of Arizonans are fully vaccinated, placing the state 31st in population fully vaccinated.

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.