/ Modified dec 28, 2020 5:29 p.m.

Total COVID-19 cases in Arizona now more than 500,000

Pandemic shows no signs of abating

coronavirus 3 hero A Centers for Disease Control illustration of the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

The number of COVID-19 cases in Arizona since the pandemic began has now surpassed 500,000 as hospitals deal with a record high of hospitalizations.

The Arizona Department of Health Services today reported 10,086 new coronavirus cases and 42 related deaths. Nearly 1,500 of those cases were in Pima County with nearly 200 in Cochise Couonty. The total number of cases statewide now stands at 504,423 and the total deaths at 8,469.

The agency also reported 1,007 intensive care unit patients with COVID-19, the highest that figure has ever been. Only 9% of ICU beds statewide remain available. COVID-19 patients account for 4,390 hospitalizations overall, which is also an all-time high.

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