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Hospital crowding in Arizona reaches pandemic high

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Posted at 12:41 PM, Dec 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-12-09 14:41:24-05

PHOENX (AP) — State officials say the availability of hospital beds has sunk to the lowest level since the pandemic began.

The state's coronavirus dashboard reports that only 4% of inpatient beds and of intensive care unit beds statewide were available as of Wednesday. The current hospital crowding is due not only to large numbers of COVID-19 patients, most of whom were unvaccinated, but also many non-virus patients needing treatment for other conditions.

The state's dashboard on Thursday also reported 3,663 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases and 75 more deaths.