Arizona reports 807 new COVID-19 cases, 15 additional deaths Friday
PHOENIX – Arizona public health officials on Friday reported 807 new coronavirus cases and 15 additional deaths from COVID-19.
The daily case amount was over 800 for the first time since May 14, when it was 854.
The latest documented totals were 879,909 COVID-19 infections and 17,609 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services’ COVID-19 dashboard.
The dashboard also showed that 5,845,967 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, with 3,300,883 people (45.9% of the state’s population) having received at least one shot and 2,759,177 people fully vaccinated.
Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have been fluctuating by relatively small amounts on a daily basis.
The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals increased by 31 overnight to 576 on Thursday, the highest since May 20. The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients increased by 16 to 170, most since May 19.
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.