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Arizona reports 819 new COVID-19 cases, 30 additional deaths Saturday

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Arizona public health officials reported 819 new coronavirus cases on Saturday along with 30 additional deaths from COVID-19.

The state’s latest documented totals were 849,021 COVID-19 infections and 17,092 fatalities, according to the ADHS COVID-19 dashboard.

The dashboard also showed that 4,032,557 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, with 2,529,589 people (35.2% of the state’s population) having received at least one shot and 1,655,985 people fully vaccinated.

The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals rose to 576 on Friday. The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients fell by two to 149.

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., but they don’t last long.

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.

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