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PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona health officials reported 1,813 new confirmed coronavirus cases and no additional deaths on Monday.

That increases the state totals to 163,827 positive COVID-19 cases and 3,304 known deaths.

As of Monday morning, Cochise County had recorded 1,396 total cases, with 333 of those currently active, according to data from the county health department. Of those, 44 people have died.

The figures may be lower because of a lag in reporting on the weekends. Still, it's the second consecutive day that new daily virus cases have been under 2,000. The Arizona Department of Health Services had reported 3,748 new cases and 144 coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday.

The 144 deaths were among the most reported in a single day in the state without death certificate matching.

Meanwhile, the number of in-patient COVID-19 hospitalizations as well as patients on ventilators and in intensive care unit beds showed very slight declines. But experts say it's too soon to say whether Arizona is on a definite downward trend since Gov. Doug Ducey extended the closing of businesses like bars and gyms.

The coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, for most people.

For some people who contract the virus, especially those who are older or have underlying health conditions, it can cause more severe illness and death.

The vast majority of people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 recover.

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