Arizona coronavirus death toll rises by 3, now at 1,186

Arizona’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak has risen by 3 and the number of COVID-19 cases reported statewide is up by 1,233 as a surge of new cases continues.

Figures posted June 14 by the state Department of Health Services put the total number of COVID-19-related deaths at 1,186 with 35,691 confirmed cases.

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Two weeks ago there were just over than 20,000 cases and 917 deaths.

The department reported that 1,457 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 on Saturday, the 13th straight day with at least 1,000 hospitalizations for COVID-19. 

The state’s hospitals were at 84% capacity, the 5th straight day they were above 80%, the cutoff for stopping elective surgeries to save space for a potential surge in virus cases.

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Health department officials said Thursday there were not yet halting surgeries as they review the capacity numbers.

Expect a common cold to start out with a sore or scratchy throat, cough, runny and/or stuffy nose. Flu symptoms are more intense and usually come on suddenly, and can include a high fever. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 may appear more slowly. They usually include fever, a dry cough and noticeable shortness of breath, according to the World Health Organization. A minority of cases develop pneumonia, and the disease is especially worrisome for the elderly and those with other medical problems such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes or heart conditions.

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