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Arizona reports 656 new COVID-19 cases, 7 additional deaths Wednesday

May 26, 2021, 8:29 AM | Updated: 10:59 am

PHOENIX – Arizona public health officials on Wednesday reported 656 new coronavirus cases and seven additional deaths from COVID-19.

The latest documented totals were 878,338 COVID-19 infections and 17,576 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard.

The dashboard also showed that 5,798,330 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, with 3,277,630 people (45.6% of the state’s population) having received at least one shot and 2,751,511 people fully vaccinated.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19, which have been fluctuating by relatively small amounts on a daily basis, are near the lowest levels of the pandemic.

The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals declined by six overnight to 545 on Tuesday. The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients increased by seven to 151.

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.

For details about statewide COVID-19 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 minimum age to receive the Pfizer shot has been reduced to 12, but it’s still 18 for the other approved versions, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.

Appointments may be required depending on the provider, but many, including state-run mass vaccination sites, accept walk-ins.

Spots at the state-run sites can be secured at https://podvaccine.azdhs.gov/ or by calling 844-542-8201. A new batch of appointments for the following week at those locations, which use the Pfizer vaccine, are released every Friday.

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Oscar Gonzales, left, received the last COVID-19 vaccination dose given at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on April 23, 2021. The outdoor site closed because of rising temperatures, replaced by neighboring Gila River Arena. (KTAR News Photo/Jim Cross) WestWorld of Scottsdale opened as an indoor Arizona-run COVID-19 mass-vaccination walk-through site April 22, 2021. (KTAR News Photo/Jim Cross) WestWorld of Scottsdale opened as a state-run walk-through COVID-19 vaccination site April 22, 2021. (Arizona Department of Health Services Photo) Arizona State University's Desert Financial Arena in Tempe opened as  state-run indoor COVID-19 vaccination site April 12, 2021. It replaced an outdoor site that had been operating at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. (KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino) Arizona State University's Desert Financial Arena in Tempe opened as  state-run indoor COVID-19 vaccination site April 12, 2021. (KTAR News Photo/Jim Cross) Arizona State University's Desert Financial Arena in Tempe opened as  state-run indoor COVID-19 vaccination site April 12, 2021. (KTAR News Photo/Jim Cross) Arizona's first indoor drive-thru state-run mass vaccination site opened in Mesa on April 5, 2021. The site replaced the parking lot setup at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. (KTAR News Photo/Jim Cross) A state-run drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site opened April 5, 2021, inside the Dexcom distribution center near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. (KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino) Inside Arizona's state-run indoor drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination site in Mesa. (Twitter Photo/@AZDHS) A state-run drive-thru COVID-19 mass-vaccination site opened April 5, 2021, inside the Dexcom distribution center near Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport. (KTAR News Photo/Griselda Zetino) The Yuma Civic Center opened March 29, 2021, as Arizona's state-run indoor COVID-19 vaccination site. (Facebook Photo) Chandler-Gilbert Community College state-run mass vaccination site opened March 3, 2021. (Twitter Photo/Arizona Department of Health Services) The third state-run COVID-19 mass-vaccination site opened at the University of Arizona in Tucson on Feb. 18, 2021. (University of Arizona Photo) The third state-run COVID-19 mass-vaccination site opened at the University of Arizona in Tucson on Feb. 18, 2021. (University of Arizona Photo) Phoenix Municipal Stadium opened as a state-run COVID-19 mass-vaccination site opened Feb. 1, 2021.(Twitter Photo/Arizona Department of Health Services) Phoenix Municipal Stadium opened as the second state-run vaccination site Feb. 1, 2021. (KTAR News Photo/Ali Vetnar) Arizona Department of Public Safety troopers wait to get their vaccines at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on Feb. 1, 2021. The Arizona State University sports facility is the second state-run mass vaccination site. (Twitter Photo/Arizona DPS) (Arizona Cardinals Photo) Arizona Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ works at the state-run COVID-19 vaccination site at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Jan. 11, 2021. (Facebook Photo/Arizona Department of Health Services) State Farm Stadium opened as Arizona's first state-run COVID-19 mass-vaccination site in Glendale on Jan. 11, 2021. (Facebook Photo/Arizona Department of Health Services)

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