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Arizona reports 2,289 new COVID-19 cases, 11 additional deaths Thursday

Aug 5, 2021, 8:37 AM | Updated: 1:09 pm
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PHOENIX – Arizona health officials on Thursday reported 2,289 new COVID-19 cases and 11 additional deaths from the disease.

The latest documented totals are 937,936 infections and 18,300 fatalities, according to the Arizona Department of Health Services COVID-19 dashboard.

Hospitalizations in the state related to COVID-19 have more than doubled over the past month but remain far below the peaks reached before vaccines were widely available. Unvaccinated people now account 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 14 overnight to 1,266 on Wednesday, the most since Feb. 26. The amount has increased by about 140% in the past month.

The number of ICU beds used by COVID-19 patients went up by five to 321, the third-most since March 4. That amount also has increased by about 140% in the past month.

At the January peak of Arizona’s largest coronavirus wave, COVID patients took up around 60% of the state’s inpatient and ICU beds. It’s under 20% for each now, according to the dashboard.

The percent positivity for diagnostic testing conducted last week was 14% as of Thursday’s update, the highest since January. It’s up to 17% for testing reported so far from this week.

The dashboard also showed that 3,803,581 people (52.9% of the state’s population, based on 7,189,020 residents) have received at least one dose of vaccine in Arizona and 3,360,281 people are fully vaccinated (46.7% of the population). Arizona trails the nationwide rates of 58% with at least one dose and 49.8% 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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