WATCH NOW: Gov. Doug Ducey's latest press conference for COVID-19 (6/29)
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WATCH NOW: Gov. Doug Ducey's latest press conference for COVID-19 (6/29)

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey gives an update on COVID-19 in Arizona during a news conference in Phoenix. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, Pool)

Gov. Doug Ducey is holding another weekly press conference at 3 p.m. on Monday to give updates on the state of Arizona's response to the coronavirus and what changes might look like going forward, as cases continue to surge in the state.

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona reported only 625 additional cases of the coronavirus on Monday, a day after the state saw its most cases recorded in a single day since the pandemic began.

Officials say the latest total was low because a lab missed a deadline for turning in its daily testing report. The number of additional cases that will be announced Tuesday should be higher than expected.

More than 3,800 additional cases were reported Sunday, marking the seventh time in the last 10 days that daily cases surpassed the 3,000 mark.

No additional deaths were reported Monday.

Since the pandemic began, 74,500 cases and 1,588 deaths stemming from the virus have been reported.

The number of infections is thought to be far higher because many people have not been tested, and studies suggest people can be infected with the virus without feeling sick.

Coconino County added 60 new positive tests on Monday, with zero deaths.

Navajo Department of Health has reported 55 additional positive cases of coronavirus on the Navajo Nation with one more known death.

That pushes the total of positive COVID-19 cases on the reservation to 7,469 as of Sunday night with the death toll now at 363.

Preliminary reports from 12 health care facilities indicate about 5,082 people have recovered from COVID-19.

Tribal health officials said 53,913 people have been tested for the coronavirus so far.

Some Arizona hospitals have begun activating surge plans to increase their capacity to treat coronavirus patients as confirmed cases rise and more people seek treatment.

Arizona became a coronavirus hot spot after Gov. Doug Ducey’s stay-home order expired in mid-May.

For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. But for some — especially older adults and people with existing health problems — it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia and death.

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