/ Modified jan 6, 2022 1:58 p.m.

Virus-related ER visits in Arizona up as more seek tests

Arizona on Thursday reported 10,679 additional confirmed cases and 16 more deaths.

coronavirus 2 hero This transmission electron microscope image shows SARS-CoV-2—also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus that causes COVID-19—isolated from a patient in the U.S.

Virus-related emergency room visits have set a pandemic record in Arizona, where hospitals are crowded and cases are surging even though deaths from COVID-19 have tapered off a bit.

A doctor for a major hospital chain in Phoenix attributes at a least part of the increase in emergency department walk-ins to people seeking COVID-19 tests amid increased demand for testing.

The physician for Valleywise Health says about half of 40 people waiting one recent morning at an emergency room where he works had walked in to get tested.

Arizona on Thursday reported 10,679 additional confirmed cases and 16 more deaths.

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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