Arizona reported 148 new known COVID-19 deaths and 706 new cases on Wednesday, while hospital visits and hospitalizations for the disease continue gradual downward trends.
Inpatient hospitalizations and ICU beds in use hovered around Monday's levels on Tuesday, but seem to be continuing general downward trends over the past month, according to hospital data reported to the state.
Identified cases rose to 189,443 and known deaths totaled 4,347, according to the daily report by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
The 148 new known deaths reported on Wednesday represent the new deaths identified by the Arizona Department of Health Services that day, but many occurred days and weeks prior. The most deaths reported in one day so far was 172 new known deaths on July 30; Wednesday is the second highest daily report. Given recent slow test result turnaround times, new daily reported cases often represent cases that occurred days and weeks prior.