/ Modified dec 17, 2021 10:06 a.m.

Arizona reports 3,686 additional COVID-19 cases, 143 deaths

Hospitals statewide had 2,569 virus patients occupying inpatient beds as of Thursday.

360 banner covid A handout image from Banner Health shows a health care worker in one of the hospital's COVID-19 units.
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Arizona on Friday reported over 3,000 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases for the 14th time this month along with 143 more virus-related deaths as hospitals remained crowded across the state.

The 3,686 additional cases and the additional deaths increased the state’s pandemic totals to over 1,330,000 cases and approximately 23,500 deaths.

That's according to the Department of Health Services. Hospitals statewide had 2,569 virus patients occupying inpatient beds as of Thursday, the state reported.

That’s below the current wave’s peak of 2,800 earlier this month but still enough to leave just 5% of licensed beds statewide unoccupied.

Credit: Nick O'Gara/AZPM. Sources: The New York Times, based on reports from state and local health agencies, Census Bureau. Case reports do not correspond to day of test.

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