PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- For the third consecutive day, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported more than three thousand new cases of COVID-19. Two additional deaths were also recorded. The state, like much of the country, is seeing a resurgence of the virus, as more communities return to the work and in-person learning.
Vaccine makers are preparing for a next possible phase of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout: booster doses.
According to data from John Hopkins University, the seven-day rolling average of cases rose to 2,604 on Thursday. The average number of deaths has risen to 13.3 per day over the last two weeks. The state's coronavirus dashboard says, as of Thursday, approximately 1,601 people are hospitalized with COVID-19. Current case levels are beginning to approach the 2020 summer surge’s daily highs while remaining far below those of last winter. Health data shows hospitalizations have nearly tripled since the end of May.
The Salt-River Pima-Community Indian Community has reinstated a face covering mandate. Residents and visitors to the tribal areas must wear masks while visiting government buildings and businesses. Meanwhile, schools in Scottsdale are reporting that more than 600 students have been quarantined as mandated by the district's policies.