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Brutal Benchmark: Arizona Passes 1 Million COVID-19 Cases

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Arizona surpassed 1 million COVID-19 cases Friday. There are now more than a dozen states that have crossed the grim threshold as the nation wrestles with yet another major spike in infections.



The benchmark is the latest in a tumultuous year-and-a-half where Arizona went from being touted as a pandemic success story to being “the hot spot of the world” and then being a model again when vaccinations became available. Now, the state, like the rest of the country, is coping with a surge, mostly of the unvaccinated, and ongoing conflicts over mask and vaccine mandates.

Statewide, more than 3,700 new known infections were reported today along with 63 more deaths from COVID.

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