Arizona reports 2,286 new COVID-19 cases, 7 additional deaths Wednesday
PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Wednesday reported 2,286 new COVID-19 cases and seven additional deaths from the disease.
The latest documented totals are 935,647 infections and 18,289 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard.
Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 have more than doubled since the start of July, with unvaccinated people accounting for almost all of the serious illnesses and deaths.
The number of confirmed or suspected COVID-19 inpatients in the state’s hospitals rose by 45 overnight to 1,252 on Tuesday. The number has increased by almost 150% in the past month to the highest level since Feb. 26.
The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients went up by 23 to 316. The number has increased by nearly 135% in the past month to the third-highest level since March 4.
The percent positivity for diagnostic testing conducted last week was 14% as of Wednesday’s update, the highest since January. It’s 15% for testing reported from this week.
The dashboard also showed that 3,791,665 people (52.7% of the state’s population, based on 7,189,020 residents) have received at least one dose of vaccine in Arizona and 3,360,247 people are fully vaccinated (46.7% of the population). Arizona trails the nationwide rates of 57.9% with at least one dose and 49.7% 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.