PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials are reporting 822 newly confirmed coronavirus cases and five additional deaths.
The state Department of Health Services on Monday released the latest daily figures, which bring the state's totals to 326,817 cases and 6,639 deaths since the pandemic started.
Hospitalizations continue to rise with more than 2,500 virus patients statewide occupying beds. More than 300 of them are on ventilators, according to the state dashboard.
The number of new cases is low compared to recent daily tallies that have surpassed 4,000. However, experts have said COVID-19 data could be erratic over the next week or so following the Thanksgiving holiday. Fewer people got tested during the holiday weekend and testing sites observed shorter hours.
The result will likely be a decline in case numbers, which could give a false impression that the virus is easing up.
In other developments:
—Five of the 30 schools in the Scottsdale Unified School District will be closed Monday due to a staffing shortage. District officials notified students and their families on Sunday that there were not enough staff and substitutes to cover for teacher absences. Superintendent Scott Menzel said this was not due to a COVID-19 outbreak but the possibility that some staffers who traveled for the holiday may have been exposed. Menzel also urged any families who traveled to quarantine their children as a precaution. The canceled day will be made up at the end of the school year.
The number of infections nationwide is thought to be far higher than reported 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. For some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death.