Arizona has earned a grim national distinction, becoming the only state to exceed an average of 100 new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The rate is calculated for the past seven days. For that time period, Arizona now averages 112.1 new daily cases per 100,000 residents. California and Rhode Island are tied in second place, each with 95.8.
In December, more than 4,300 people were hospitalized in Arizona with COVID-19. State health officials say the Phoenix area especially is a hot zone for coronavirus transmission.