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Arizona health agency: State's pandemic toll passes 30,000

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More than 30,000 Arizonans have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began more than two years ago.

The state Department of Health Services’ latest weekly report issued Wednesday reports 30,189 fatalities from the virus.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, Arizona’s death toll ranks 11th highest among states. Its death rate per 100,000 people is 411, third highest in the nation, behind New York and Mississippi.

Arizona passed 10,000 coronavirus-related deaths in January of 2021 and 20,000 deaths last October.