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Arizona reports 670 new COVID-19 cases, 32 additional deaths Thursday

Dr. Zenobia Brown of the Northwell Health house calls program prepares a dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens borough on April 07, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

PHOENIX – Arizona public health officials reported 670 new coronavirus cases on Thursday and 32 additional deaths from COVID-19.

The state’s latest documented totals were 846,900 COVID-19 infections and 17,055 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard.

The daily case report has now been below 1,000 for 27 consecutive days, the longest streak since quadruple digits were reported for the first time on June 1, 2020.

The dashboard also showed 3,888,107 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, with 2,453,339 people (34.1% of the state’s population) having received at least one shot and 1,572,835 people fully vaccinated.

The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals decreased Wednesday to 541, snapping a two-day streak of increases. The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients fell to 140, the fewest since Oct. 5.

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 SARS-CoV-2 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.

Thursday morning, the state announced that its mass vaccination site at the Phoenix Municipal Stadium parking lot was relocating indoors to Arizona State University’s Desert Financial Arena next week.

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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