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Arizona reports 750 new COVID-19 cases, 27 additional deaths Wednesday

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PHOENIX – Arizona public health officials reported 750 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday and 27 additional deaths from COVID-19.

The state’s latest documented totals were 846,230 COVID-19 infections and 17,023 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard.

The dashboard also showed 3,799,255 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, with 2,400,156 people (33.4% of the state’s population) having received at least one shot and 1,522,695 people fully vaccinated.

The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals climbed Tuesday to 574, an 11% increase since Sunday. The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients ticked up by three to 152, the third-fewest since Oct. 12.

The state health department’s daily updates present case and death 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 numbers posted on the dashboard each morning are 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 across Arizona are eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines, with the minimum age at 16 for the Pfizer shot and 18 for Moderna or Johnson & Johnson versions.

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

For information about metro Phoenix vaccine availability, Maricopa County Public Health has a locator page 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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