PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's COVID-19 death toll surpassed 16,000 on Tuesday as the state reported 81 additional deaths and 849 additional confirmed infection cases. The daily increase in newly confirmed cases was the smallest in three months.

The latest figures reported by the state Department of Health Services increased the state's pandemic totals to 818,670 confirmed cases and 16,080 deaths.

The state's seven-day rolling averages of daily new cases and daily deaths sank over the past two weeks, while the number of COVID-19 hospitalizations also continued to drop.

The rolling average of daily new cases dropped from 2,245.9 on Feb. 15 to 1,192.4 on Monday and the rolling average of daily deaths declined from 131.9 to 79.7 during the same period, according The COVID Tracking Project data.

As of Monday, 1,202 COVID-19 patients occupied Arizona hospital inpatient beds, the lowest number since Nov. 7 and down from the pandemic high of 5,802 set on Jan. 11.

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

In another development, a Yuma County official said Monday that Arizona in mid-March may open a state-run COVID-19 vaccination site at the Yuma Civic Center.

The county official, Emergency Management Director Tony Badilla, met Friday with state Department of Emergency Management and Military Affairs officials and city police and fire officials, the Yuma Sun reported.

The state now operates vaccination sites in metro Phoenix and in Tucson.