/ Modified nov 18, 2021 12:31 p.m.

Arizona reports over 4K new virus cases; hospitalizations up

Only 6% of the state’s inpatient beds statewide were not in use on Wednesday.

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.

Arizona on Thursday reported over 4,000 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases for the second time in a week as virus-related hospitalizations continued to climb.

The state Department of Health Services reported 4,184 additional cases and 56 more deaths, increasing the pandemic totals to over 1,228,000 cases and over 21,800 deaths.

As of Wednesday, 2,403 virus patients occupied hospital inpatient beds, the most since February, according to the dashboard.

Beginning Tuesday and again on Wednesday, only 6% of the state’s inpatient beds statewide were not in use.

According to the state, that's the lowest percentage since the pandemic began.

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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