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PHOENIX – Arizona on Saturday reported 3,628 additional COVID-19 cases and 30 more deaths amid increasing hospitalizations as health officials urged residents to take precautions during Thanksgiving gatherings to prevent infections.

The Department of Health Services recommended holding Thanksgiving celebrations outside along with masks, social distancing and staying home if sick.

“Don’t let down your guard, even around close friends and relatives who aren’t members of your household,” the department said on Twitter.

Arizona has been experiencing a rise in cases, hospitalizations and deaths since late September and early October. Officials have cited business and school reopenings and public weariness with COVID-19 precautions.

With the additional cases and deaths reported Saturday, the state’s totals rose to 295,334 cases and 6,457 deaths, according to the state’s coronavirus dashboard.

Hospitalizations reached 1,916 as of Friday, with 435 of those patients in intensive care beds, for a total of 24,181 over the outbreak.

The number of reported 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.

5 shot, 1 fatally, during party in warehouse

PHOENIX – Five people were shot, one fatally, at an party in an empty warehouse early Saturday, Phoenix police said.

Officers responding to a report of a shooting at 5:30 a.m. found only a wounded female in the warehouse and she was pronounced dead at a hospital, Sgt. Ann Justus, a Police Department spokeswoman. At about the same time, four other people with gunshot wounds arrived at various medical facilities, and police believed they also had been at the warehouse, Justus said.

No identities were released and Justus said it wasn’t immediately known whether the dead person was an adult but that the victims’ ages apparently ranged from 17 to late 20s.

Attack on vendor hits website of Arizona courts

PHOENIX – A internet interruption resulting from a ransomware attack on a hosting provider has limited functionality of the Arizona state court system’s webpage for most of this week, according to the vendor and court officials.

The court system acknowledged the continuing problem in a brief notice on the judicial branch’s azcourts.gov homepage, which on Friday did not display the normal full array of content.

The vendor, Managed.com, said it had an “unscheduled service interruption” that began Monday and continued into Friday.

“On Nov.16, the Managed.com environment was attacked by a coordinated ransomware campaign,” the company said in an online notice posted Friday. “To ensure the integrity of our customers’ data, the limited number of impacted sites were immediately taken offline. Upon further investigation and out of an abundance of caution, we took down our entire system to ensure further customer sites were not compromised,”

The company said it was working to restore normal service. Aaron Nash, the court system’s spokesman, told the Arizona Republic that the impact appears to be limited to information connected with the azcourts.gov website and does not affect individual court or clerk’s offices.

Satellite or weather balloon crashes in eastern Arizona

PHOENIX – Navajo Nation officials in eastern Arizona are trying to determine if a satellite or a high-altitude weather balloon crash-landed in a remote area of the reservation.

Tully Begay, vice president of the tribe’s Dennehotso Chapter, told The Arizona Republic that the object landed about 1,200 feet from his home while he was away in Tuba City.

A Navajo Nation Council delegate said the gray object appeared to have four large solar panels with an orange parachute.

Navajo Police Department spokeswoman Christina Tsosie said officers responded to the area after receiving reports about an object that fell from the sky Wednesday and there were no reports of any injuries or property damage.

Tsosie described the object as a satellite, which she said crash-landed in the remote area of Dennehotso, a community about 25 miles east of Kayenta.

Tsosie said the cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known and the “satellite material” was released to employees from a company called Polar Field Services, the Republic said.

The newspaper said that according to Polar Field Services’ website, the Colorado-based firm specializes in providing logistics and support for expeditions to locations in extreme climates.

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