steady rise in identified cases, known deaths

Arizona reported 384 new COVID-19 cases and seven new known deaths on Sunday as hospitalizations for the disease continue to decline and the percentage of tests coming back positive remains steady at a relatively low level.

Hospitalization metrics such as patient counts andventilators in use for COVID-19 have been trending downward for about eight weeks, with several metrics back down to levels from April, according to hospital data reported to the state. 

Identified cases rose to 208,512 and known deaths totaled 5,322, according to the daily report by the Arizona Department of Health Services. The seven new known deaths reported on Sunday represent the new deaths identified by the state Health Department that day, but many occurred days and weeks prior. Daily new case reports have fluctuated between about 80 and 1,100 daily new cases over the past three weeks.

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