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COVID-19 hospitalizations on the rise at Valleywise and around Arizona

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Arizona are trending in the wrong direction. Reflecting the latest spike, more than 25,000 new infections and 250 fatalities have been reported in the past week alone around the state.

Dr. Michael White with Valleywise Health says hospitalizations are on the rise. 

"Of those patients that are hospitalized today, 92% of them, within Valleywise Health, are not vaccinated," White said. 

When it comes to vaccinations, Arizona is still about 5% below the national average. White says at this point he recommends that everyone, including those who are vaccinated, wear masks in public indoor places.

Jill Ryan joined KJZZ in 2020 as a morning reporter, and she is currently a field correspondent and Morning Edition producer.