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Pence arrives in Arizona as state hits new virus records

A masked Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Arizona as the state broke its own records with skyrocketing coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. Photo/AP.
Posted at 11:36 AM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 15:32:09-04

PHOENIX (AP) — A masked Vice President Mike Pence arrived in Arizona as the state broke its own records with skyrocketing coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.

Gov. Doug Ducey, also wearing a mask, greeted Pence with an elbow bump Wednesday at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The visit by Pence comes as Arizona hit highs in newly reported COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, emergency room visits and deaths.

State health officials reported 4,878 new confirmed cases. Other alarming new highs included 2,876 hospitalizations and 1,289 ER visits for positive or suspected virus infections.