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Arizona reports 608 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths Monday

Executive director Margarita Kechichian (C) hugs a long-time resident during an Easter concert for vaccinated residents at the Ararat Nursing Facility in the Mission Hills neighborhood on April 1, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. The concert was the first social event held at the facility since the beginning of the pandemic amid newly eased COVID-19 restrictions. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

PHOENIX – Arizona public health officials reported 608 new coronavirus cases on Monday and a second consecutive day with no additional deaths from COVID-19.

The state’s latest documented totals were 844,910 COVID-19 infections and 16,990 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard.

The dashboard also showed that 3,708,660 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, with 2,350,701 people (32.7% of the state’s population) having received at least one shot and 1,471,750 people fully vaccinated.

The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals fell to 516 on Sunday, fewest since Sept. 27. The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients dropped to 148, the fewest since Oct. 6.

Arizona’s weekly percent positivity for COVID-19 diagnostic testing, an indicator of how much the virus is spreading in the community, has been holding steady at 5% for five consecutive weeks.

The state health department’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 hospitals across the state.

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.

All adults are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines from state-run sites and other providers in Maricopa County, with the minimum age at 16 for the Pfizer shot and 18 for Moderna or Johnson & Johnson versions.

Appointments at the five state-run mass vaccination sites for the following week are made available every Friday at 11 a.m.

The state-run Chandler-Gilbert Community College site closed over the weekend and was replaced Monday by a drive-thru indoor operation at Dexcom near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

For details about statewide vaccine availability, the ADHS website has a vaccine-finder page with a map of locations and information about registration and eligibility.

For information about metro Phoenix vaccine availability, Maricopa County Public Health has an interactive map that lists pharmacies, government-run sites, health clinics and pop-up distribution events.

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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