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Arizona reports 2,066 new COVID-19 cases, 22 additional deaths Saturday

Jul 31, 2021, 8:49 AM
Anissa Barbato, left, discusses the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine with Jolanta Gawlik before her son Samu...

Anissa Barbato, left, discusses the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine with Jolanta Gawlik before her son Samuel, center, is vaccinated, Friday, July 30, 2021 in New York. Amid increasing concern over the spread of the Delta variant, New York City announced on Wednesday that anyone can receive $100 if they get the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at any city-run vaccination clinic. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

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PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Saturday reported 2,066 new COVID-19 cases, the most in a day in nearly five months, and 22 additional deaths from the disease.

It was the largest daily case update since 2,276 on March 5.

The latest documented totals were 927,235 infections and 18,246 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have soared this month, with unvaccinated people accounting for almost all of the serious illnesses and deaths, according to health officials.

The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals increased by 34 overnight to 1,106 on Friday, the most since March 3 and double the amount on July 5.

The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients increased by six to 312, the third-most since March 4 and an increase of 125% since July 1.

The percent positivity for diagnostic testing conducted last week was 13% as of Friday’s update, the highest since late January. It was 15% so far for this week’s testing.

The dashboard also showed that 3,748,934 people (52.1% of the state’s population, based on 7,189,020 residents) have received at least one dose of vaccine in Arizona and 3,346,746 people are fully vaccinated (46.5% of the population). Arizona trails the nationwide rates of 57.4% with at least one dose and 49.5% fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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.

Free federally authorized vaccines are widely available and highly effective in preventing illness from COVID-19, including the more contagious delta variant that now accounts for most of the new cases in the U.S.

For details about statewide vaccine availability, the ADHS website has a vaccine-finder page with locations and other 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.

Appointments may be required depending on the provider, but many accept walk-ins.

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.

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.

Information about where to get tested for COVID-19 can be found on the ADHS website.

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Arizona reports 2,066 new COVID-19 cases, 22 additional deaths Saturday