PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona on Wednesday reported 27 more COVID-19 deaths, raising the state's pandemic death toll above 17,000.

The state also reported 750 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases as the state's totals increased to 846,230 cases and 17,023 deaths.

According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Arizona ranks 12th highest among U.S. states in the number of COVID-19 deaths and sixth highest in the rate per 100,000 of population.

The state's death toll topped 17,000 five weeks after reaching 16,000 on March 2, a sharp deacceleration from the 12 days between then and when the toll reached 15,000 on Feb. 17 during the downswing in the fall and winter surge.

Arizona's seven-day rolling average of daily deaths dropped over the past two weeks, dropping from 32 on March 22 to 9.3 as of Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

Meanwhile, the rolling average of daily new cases in Arizona increased during the same period, rising from 480.9 to 628.9.

COVID-19-related hospitalizations continued to hover in the 500-600 range, with 574 patients occupying inpatient beds as of Tuesday, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard.

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