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AZ Gov thanks virus workers, volunteers; deaths remain high

Doug Ducey
Posted at 12:41 PM, Dec 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-25 14:41:22-05

PHOENIX (AP) — Triple-digit daily virus death tolls continued into Christmas Day in Arizona as Gov. Doug Ducey thanks frontline workers for persevering during the pandemic.

For the second day in a row, state health officials say 115 people have died due to the coronavirus. The death toll now stands at 8,409. An additional 6,616 cases are being reported Friday, increasing the total to 486,935.

Ducey says he hopes that friends and family are finding safe ways to connect and celebrate religious traditions. In a Christmas Day message, he thanked first responders, frontline workers, and educators for their perseverance during the pandemic.