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Arizona reports 11,201 new COVID-19 cases, 105 more deaths

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2020, file photo, healthcare workers ready COVID-19 tests for examination at a drive-thru testing center in Phoenix. Arizona's death toll from the coronavirus outbreak passed the 8,000 mark on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, as the state reported an additional 153 known deaths, the second-highest daily increase during the pandemic. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

This is a regularly updated story with the latest information about the coronavirus and its impact in Arizona and beyond for Jan 10, 2021.

PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Sunday reported 11,201 new coronavirus cases and 105 additional deaths from COVID-19.

The state’s documented totals moved to 618,546 COVID-19 infections and 10,141 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services dashboard.

As of Saturday, Arizona had the second-highest coronavirus case rate and death rate per capita nationally in the last seven days, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Arizona’s hospitals continued to see record or near-record numbers of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients.

The number of Arizona’s COVID-19 hospital inpatients rose by 70 to 4,988 on Sunday. The number of COVID-19 patients in the state’s ICU beds rose to 1,122 on Sunday.

Statewide, suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients took up a record-breaking 58% of all inpatient beds and 63% of all ICU beds.

Overall, inpatient beds beds were each 92% full, with 91% of ICU bed in use. Only 152 ICU beds were unused.

Arizona’s weekly percent positivity for COVID-19 diagnostic testing, an indicator of how much the virus is spreading in the community, is the highest it’s ever been.

So far this week, 24% of the 139,341 people who were tested got a positive result. The percent positivity was a record 25% last week.

Official positivity rates are based on when the samples are taken, not when they are reported, so the percentage for recent weeks can fluctuate as labs get caught up on testing and the results are documented by the state.

The rolling seven-day average for the health department’s newly reported coronavirus cases was 9,742.14 for Saturday, the highest ever and the third-consecutive day above 9,000, according to tracking by The Associated Press.

The seven-day average of newly reported COVID-19 deaths was 139.29 for Saturday, more than seven higher than the previous day’s record.

The state’s daily updates present case, death and testing data after the state receives statistics and confirms them, which can lag by several days or more. They don’t represent the actual activity over the past 24 hours.

The hospitalization data posted each morning is reported electronically the previous evening by 100 hospitals across the state, as required under executive order.

COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has no impact on some people and is seriously debilitating or fatal for others. Infected people without symptoms — which include but are not limited to cough, fever and difficulty breathing — are capable of spreading the virus.

Diagnostic testing is available at hundreds of locations across Arizona and should be sought out by anybody with symptoms or who may have been exposed to an infected person. Information about locations, schedules and registration can be found on the Department of Health Services website.


Below are Saturday’s latest developments about the coronavirus pandemic from around the state, country and world:

  • Globally, there were about 89.735 million COVID-19 cases and 1.93 million deaths as of Sunday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University research. The figures for the U.S. were around 22.14 million cases and 372,522 deaths.

For Arizona vaccine information, visit azdhs.gov/findvaccine.

For all articles, information and updates on the coronavirus from KTAR News, visit ktar.com/coronavirus.

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