Arizona reported more than 800 new cases and 39 new known deaths on Wednesday as hospitalizations for the disease hit their highest levels in more than two months.
The past several weeks have seen relatively higher daily case reports as the virus spreads at its fastest rate in Arizona since June, although case numbers are still well below where they were at during the summer peak.
But new case rates in Arizona fall below the rates reported in 34 other states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID Data Tracker says. Cases are surging in North Dakota, where the new case rate per 100,000 people for the previous seven days was 151.4 as of Tuesday, the CDC reports. By comparison, Arizona's rate was 18.3.