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Statewide hospitalizations of people with positive and suspected COVID-19 in Arizona increased for a fourth day in a row, reaching a record high of 975, Saturday’s state data shows.

Ventilator use and ICU bed use by patients with positive and suspected COVID-19 climbed again, with both numbers marking all-time highs since the state began reporting COVID-19 hospitalization data on April 9, numbers from the Arizona Department of Health Services show.

Known deaths in the state caused by the the novel virus as of Saturday stand at 903.  Eighteen new deaths were reported Saturday.

The state’s total number of reported positive COVID-19 cases jumped 4.2% on Saturday, signaling the highest single-day increase in cases: 790. The total number of positive

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