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Arizona reports 692 new COVID-19 cases, no additional deaths Monday

Apr 19, 2021, 8:31 AM | Updated: 1:37 pm
(Photo by Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)...
(Photo by Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)
(Photo by Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)

PHOENIX – Arizona public health officials on Monday reported 692 new coronavirus cases and no additional deaths from COVID-19.

The latest documented totals were 854,453 COVID-19 infections and 17,153 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard.

The dashboard also showed that 4,495,519 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, with 2,736,235 people (38.1% of the state’s population) having received at least one shot and 1,926,181 people fully vaccinated.

Arizona’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations have remained fairly stable this month, with relatively small daily fluctuations. The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals increased by six overnight to 555 on Sunday. The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients decreased by five overnight to 145, the fewest since April 7.

The weekly percent positivity for COVID-19 diagnostic testing ticked up to 6% last week for 52,105 people tested, the first change in the metric in over a month. It had been 5% for the previous six weeks.

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 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 other approved versions.

A new state-run mass vaccination site launched Monday morning at the University Union Fieldhouse at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

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.

The following week’s worth of appointments for mass vaccination sites run by the state, which use the Pfizer vaccine, are released every Friday at 11 a.m. Appointments can be booked online at https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/ or by calling 844-542-8201.

Additional spots can open at any time through any provider because of cancellations and additional deliveries, so vaccine seekers should continue checking any or all of the registration options regularly.

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