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Arizona reports 1,074 new COVID-19 cases, 14 additional deaths Saturday

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PHOENIX – Arizona public health officials on Saturday reported 1,074 new coronavirus cases and 14 additional deaths from COVID-19.

It was the first time since April 9 over 1,000 daily cases have been reported.

The latest documented totals were 863,571 COVID-19 infections and 17,338 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard.

Arizona’s coronavirus-related hospitalizations have edged upward to their highest levels in the month of April but remain just a small fraction of the pandemic peaks, according to the dashboard.

The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals rose from 618 to 635 on Friday. The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients dropped to 187.

The dashboard also showed that 5,017,840 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, with 2,925,915 people (40.7% of the state’s population) having received at least one shot and 2,272,515 people fully vaccinated.

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.

Anyone can walk in to a state-run site and receive a shot without an appointment.

Appointments can still be booked online at https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/ or by calling 844-542-8201.

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.

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