PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials are reporting 438 more cases of COVID-19 and 27 additional deaths.
The state Department of Health Services released its latest coronavirus figures Wednesday.
The total number of cases in Arizona now stands at 215,284 and related deaths at 5,525.
Meanwhile, the number of in-patient hospitalizations due to COVID-19 and ventilator usage rose slightly.
According to Johns Hopkins University data analyzed by The Associated Press, the rolling average number of daily new cases has increased over the past two weeks by 276 — an increase of 52%.
The increase in the average followed the state Department of Health Service’s recent changing of its case-counting methodology to adopt an updated national standard that newly includes “probable” results from less-accurate antigen testing.
The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks.
But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.