Arizona reports 2,432 additional COVID cases, 29 more deaths

PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona reported 2,432 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths on Wednesday, bringing the state’s total to 1,055,919 cases and 19,333 deaths.

Virus-related hospital admissions remained above 2,000, with 2,077 COVID-19 patients occupying hospital beds as of Tuesday, the state’s coronavirus dashboard reported.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the seven-day moving average of daily new cases for the past two weeks fell from 2,944.9 new cases per day on Aug. 30 to 2,671 on Monday. The moving average of daily deaths rose from 24.8 to 35.9 over the same period.

With other developments

– Northern Arizona Healthcare, based in Flagstaff, is the newest major hospital chain operating in Arizona requiring its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19.

Northern Arizona Health Care said Monday that its employees must be fully vaccinated by December 1, unless they are given medical or religious exemptions.

– Tucson City Council is considering whether unvaccinated employees must wear weekly tests and masks.

Officials said they would discuss these moves after Attorney General Mark Brnovich stated that the city’s mandate to vaccinate its workers was against state law.

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